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New York City: American International Toy Fair – TIA

The TIA Toy Fair is billed as the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere.  Owned and operated by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) in partnership with the Canadian Toy Association (CTA), Toy Fair 2015 grew in size and scope, boasting a record-breaking 421,300 net square feet of exhibit space filled with hundreds of thousands of brand-new, skill-building and cutting-edge toys and games.  Over one thousand exhibitors, importers, distributors and sales agents showcased their latest product lines and key drivers for holiday ’15 in front of 9,012 mass and specialty retail buyers, including delegations from 22 of the nation’s top toy sellers, such as Amazon, American Girl, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Costco, CVS, Disney Store, eBay, Five Below, Target, Toys“R”Us, Walmart, and others.  Close to 5,000 unique retail outlets were there.   Countries represented by the most foreign buyers were Canada, the U.K., Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong.  Geographically, not to be toyed with…  #tfny

New York City: LegalTech New York

Legal Technology is ever changing and LegalTech offers law firms and legal departments the ability to stay on top of this evolving industry.  LegalTech New York is positioned as the #1 resource for law firms and legal departments to get hands-on practical information, view to improving their law practice management. The legal marketplace has tremendous buying power that resists dips in the ever-changing business economy, we heard. For this reason, competition in the legal industry is fierce, and  face-to-face connection is often the difference between a legal firm closing a sale and losing said sale to a competitor. For over a quarter of a century LegalTech has been there to help to even the playing field. LegalTech provided an in-depth look at what technology has in store for legal practitioners and their practice.  The show offered an expansive exhibit floor with the most extensive gathering of innovative products designed to meet current and future technology needs in the legal framework. So buckle up: it’s the law….

New York City: National Retail Federation – Retail’s BIG Show – NRF

NRF is all about the National Retail Federation, and this jamboree is pitched as “Retail’s BIG Show”, with 33,000 attendees, international delegations, hundreds of sessions and miles of exhibition space.  Being innovative (and being perceived as innovative) has Holy Grail status for most retail companies today, especially as consumers’ behavior continues to evolve.  In a breakout session about omnichannel retailing on Monday, Staples Executive Vice President of Global E-commerce Faisal Masud said innovation isn’t optional, it’s required. “You don’t have a choice. You need to innovate,” he said. But innovation isn’t exactly easy, especially in large companies. Innovation slows when businesses are doing well, Masud pointed out, an observation echoed by Uber’s “head of Uber everything” Jason Droege.  As more retailers embrace digital as a driver of all commerce, the organizational structure of many retail companies remains a hurdle to growth and innovation — even as most companies accept the new world of converging channels.  Kind of like chasing your own (re)tail….. #nrf15

New York City: International Council of Shopping Centers/New York – ICSC

ICSC is the International Council of Shopping Centers in New York City, and its stated purpose is to advance the shopping center industry and to promote its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services.  ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry, with more than 65,000 members in over 100 countries, member types including shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As a global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  Dubbed the New York National Deal Making Conference, ICSC was a great opportunity for owners, developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, municipalities, property asset managers and product and service providers to gather under one roof to exhibit, make deals and form successful business partnerships.  So who wants to play Let’s Make A Deal…?   #ICSC

New York City: ISC Solutions – Security

ISC Security Solutions  is THE security industry trade show, we were told. At ISC delegates had the chance to meet with technical reps from over 200 brands in the security industry, to find out about new and future products, and to stay ahead of the curve and the competition. Encompassing everything from surveillance to facial recognition software, there was an impressive array of products and services to benefit both a security company and its clients.  New product showings spanned biometrics and fingerprinting, CCTV, burglar alarm and remote monitoring, fire alarms and smoke detectors, lockdown equipment, security cards, access control systems,  surveillance, data security, wireless applications….  The SIA Education@ISC East Program brought delegates some all-new content on the most current business trends, technologies and state requirements/codes.  Certificates of attendance were distributed to all conferees after the show, documents for use to self-report their education hours.  In addition to facial recognition screening, of course….  #ISCE14

New York City: Satellite and Content Delivery Conference & Expo – SATCON

SATCON is the Satellite and Content Delivery Conference & Expo.  We’re talking about an expo that has grown in size and scope by fifty percent each year, and features a wide variety of hardware, software and service providers to hook up with and interrogate for their best fix on solutions to pressing problems.  More than 50 new companies joined the CCW+SATCON Expo this year, offering the opportunity to explore and compare solutions for satellite-enabled communications, terrestrial wireless, mobile and hybrid technologies for global communications, content delivery, and distribution. Exhibiting companies were there in plenty, showcasing everything from satellite amplifiers, antennas, down/up converters, modems, network management hardware and software, RF over microwave, switches and test equipment, engineering services, IP Network Solutions, military satcom applications, mobile data, and of course satellite services.  This was an Expo that featured the latest satellite, fiber, broadband, wireless and hybrid network technologies for government, military, broadcasters, telecomms and commercial enterprise firms.  Kirk to Enterprise, come in…. #ccwsatcon

New York City: SupplySide East

SupplySide is touted as “the leading destination for the exploration, discovery, innovation and market strategy that fuels the healthier marketplace”.   So, healthcare, right?  Nope, food and beverage, actually.  The event was built around the idea that “What’s Inside Matters”, as consumers seek products that are healthy, safe, effective and sustainable. Topics being chewed over and slurped up included Education on the Nine Hottest Ingredients.  Would that include Habanero chiles and Louisiana sauce, perhaps?  Actually no, dummy, we were talking about Omega-3s, Probiotics, Protein, Amino Acids, Carotenoids, Magnesium, Sweeteners, Antioxidants and Vitamin E, all available at reasonable prices to help formulators and marketers looking for ways to differentiate their products.  So, how’re those antioxidants goin’ down, bub?  And you said you wanted magnesium with your side of coleslaw, right?  #ingredients