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Las Vegas: Travel Goods Show

The Travel Goods Show was sold out, maxed out, and an enormous success, we heard. Nearly 300 exhibitors – 44 more than last year – displayed more than 500 brands. This is very definitely an industry that’s on the move. The Show was up 75% in floor space and up 50% in the number of exhibitors, offering travelling kits, travelling accessories, travelling experiences and essentials.  The expo was more global than ever, with 77 international exhibitors, up from 44 in 2014. The event presented everything that might be an urgency or a necessity for every traveler.  This event has emerged as a place where business connections are developed.  Travel goods are defined as luggage, backpacks, travel/sports bags, business cases/computer bags, handbags, personal leather goods, and luggage locks.  The Travel Goods Show is an example of a show for which you have to pack luggage in order to go look at… luggage.

Las Vegas: World of Concrete

A few more photos from #WOC2015

Las Vegas: World of Concrete

We love the idea of a “World of Concrete”, the show title conjuring up mental images of whole vast landscapes made from sand and cement, with concrete trees interspersed between the concrete buildings….  But seriously, 674,000+ net square feet of indoor & outdoor exhibit space and over 1,400 exhibitors make WOC a pretty serious affair, the industry’s only annual international event designed specifically for commercial concrete and masonry professionals.  The outdoor exhibit areas alone, including the popular Artistry in Decorative Concrete, make this expo worth the visit.  Targeted areas of the show floor focused on areas of the industry such as the Producer Center, Technology for Construction, WOC General and Material Handling, World of Masonry, Concrete Repair & Demolition, Surfaces & Decorative, WOC General, and Outdoor.  Delegates could see, touch and test the latest products under real-world jobsite conditions.  All in all there were some pretty “concrete advantages” in attending….  #WOC2015

Las Vegas: Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference – KBIS

KBIS is the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference, and is “the voice of the kitchen and bath industry”, we were told.  Run in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the expo is an interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. Typical attendees were Architects, Builders/Remodelers, Cabinet Shops, Consultants, Dealers, Designers, Distributors, Fabricators, Home Centers, Independent Manufacturers’ Reps, Installers, and Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Professionals.  Featured were the KBISNeXT Stage, the Tech Bar, and the FutureHaus Kitchen, presented by Virginia Tech.   The expo was also the showcase for a broad spectrum of KBIS exhibitors, the popular Best of KBIS Awards, and newcomer award program the Innovative Showroom Awards. A panel of certified industry experts evaluated nearly 300 entries for projects from across the United States and Canada. All participating projects were scored on various criteria, including safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, creativity and presentation.  There were no cases of judges accidentally getting their suit wet under the shower-head….  #KBIS2015

Las Vegas: Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show

The Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show is, we heard, the premier event for brand owners, licensors, licensees and retailers interested in sports licensed products. Attendees got the chance to see more than 300 exhibiting companies, representing a broad range of leisure product categories. Big professional leagues and collegiate teams were represented. The show attracts buyers from all types of retailers: specialty shops, fan shops, department stores, sporting goods stores, online retailers, plus collectibles and gift stores. Retailers that attended included Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Burlington Coat Factory, Costco, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Decker Sports, Dunhams Sports, Fanatics, Fred Meyer, Game Day Sports Outlet, Gap Inc., Kohl’s, Legends Sports, Old Navy, Pro Image, Ross Stores, Sam’s Club, Sears, Skymall, Sport Chalet, The TJX Companies, Tween Brands, Justice/Brothers Stores and Zulily.  Whadd’ya mean, we missed one…?

Las Vegas: International Consumer Electronics Show – CES – CEA

Just a sampling of the many 3D Printing offerings. Simply amazing!

Las Vegas: International Consumer Electronics Show – CES – CEA

CES is the International Consumer Electronics Show from CEA, the Consumer Electronics Association, and it’s still the biggest jamboree on the trade show annual circuit.  Revenues for the CE industry are projected to grow three percent in 2015 to reach an all-time high of $223 billion.  The 2015 CES was, we heard, the largest show in history with more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring 3,600 exhibitors, including a record number of startups. Innovators showcased the latest technologies across categories like automotive electronics, personalized health care solutions, unmanned vehicles, connected devices, 3D printers and gaming. As the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, more than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 45,000 from outside the USA, convened to engage in the hands-on experience of interacting with the next generation of technology.  A lot of the buzz was around so-called ‘wearable’ electronics.  Hey, careful with that tray, lady… I don’t include coffee and donuts on my list of “wearables”…. #CES2015