ASD Welcomes Independent Retailer Conference

ASD LAS VEGASThe ASD Las Vegas trade show, now in its 53rd year, will be held March 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 2,800 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees are expected to attend. ASD showcases merchandise in the following categories: gift & home, fashion accessories, jewelry/cash & carry, health & beauty, toys & novelties, value & variety, and general merchandise. New this year, the ASD show welcomes the Independent Retailer Conference, an education rich, action packed event for small businesses. Another big benefit for buyers this March is the SourceDirect dedicated sourcing marketplace.

Independent Retailer Conference

The Independent Retailer Conference will take place on the show floor all four days, delivering expert education while introducing show attendees to retail supporters and businesses that can help their stores thrive. It is the only event dedicated entirely to the unique lifestyle and responsibilities of independent storeowners. All registered retailers and exhibitors of the ASD show are invited to experience the event.

Keynote speakers of the 2014 Independent Retailer Conference will include internationally recognized retail experts, Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender of Kizer & Bender Speaking.

Keynote speakers of the 2014 Independent Retailer Conference will include internationally recognized retail experts, Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender of Kizer & Bender Speaking. The team will present on store planning, design, and visual layout.  Other presenters will include experts from online retail marketing company, SnapRetail, ecommerce provider, Shopify, email marketing company, Constant Contact, cloud point-of-sale provider, Vend, studio-like photography services, Studio Effect, social commerce marketing platform, Soldsie, and trademark company, TM the Spot.

The Independent Retailer Conference will host a variety of daily, 15-minute pop-up presentations on a mini show floor stage in between the north and central halls, near the ASD registration area. In addition, attendees are welcome to experience a diverse range of one hour-long breakout sessions. Attendees can also expect to engage, learn and connect with select companies that have been identified as retail leaders. These one on one experiences are intended to better educate show attendees and leave them inspired, and will include takeaway tools and giveaways for retailers.

The Independent Retailer Conference was co-founded by Nicole Leinbach Reyhle of Retail Minded, and Kerry Bannigan of Nolcha Fashion Week and Nolcha Events. Founded in 2007, Retail Minded is a global retail community that delivers expert solutions through Retail Minded Magazine, as well as various retail events and more. Nolcha Fashion Week is an award-winning event, held during New York Fashion Week for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience.


SourceDirect at ASD is the only destination in the U.S. for importers, distributors, wholesalers and volume buyers to connect with manufacturers from around the world to source directly from the factory. This dedicated sourcing marketplace enables you to source for new suppliers and products, work all your options and make the best buying decisions for your business. SourceDirect has more than 300 booths with suppliers from China, Taiwan, Korea, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Mexico. Tradegood is the official matchmaking partner of SourceDirect, and will link buyers with the right suppliers and set up appointments at the show.

For more information about ASD and to preview show exhibitors, click here.

6255 W. Sunset Blvd, 19th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Toll Free: 800-421-4511
Tel.: 323-817-2200
Email: Online form

The Independent Retailer Conference
Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle