The toy world gathers in New York City every year in February for the American International Toy Fair. The show aisles are always brimming with the newest toys, games and youth entertainment products, from thousands of exhibiting companies from around the world.
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Founded in 1996, Urban Expositions has quickly grown to become the largest gift, airport, and souvenir trade show in the country, in part because of the environment at an Urban Expo show. “An Urban gift show is distinguished by its friendly, casual, and comfortable environment,” explains Dirk von Gal, vice president, gift, marketing and buyer services. “We work hard to create a relaxed, yet professional atmosphere that is conducive to doing business.”
One question consistently asked by smaller retailers is “How can we increase our margins?” While this topic is universal across all retailers regardless of size, it is especially relevant for smaller sellers that may not have the resources to purchase products in large enough volumes in order to gain economies of scale.
Recently, ASD Las Vegas was approached with the idea of creating an ASD TV Shopping Show to air in top A & B television markets in late 2014.The goal of the innovation-themed program is to showcase ASD’s unique industry to millions of consumers and serve as a launching pad for new ASD exhibitor products.
Parker Trade Shows is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary, which is great news for Southwest retailers. Growing from a single show, today Parker Trade Shows hosts four trade shows every year, with exhibitors in everything from fine jewelry to apparel, home goods, fashion bags, and handmade crafts. The next show is June 27–29 at the San Antonio Event Center.
Both the February and August OFFPRICE Show’s placed in the top 200 in the Trade Show News Network’s (TSNN) prestigious Top 250 Trade Shows in the US rankings. The rankings list the top 250 trade shows in the country based on net-square-footage. The February 2013 show ranked 159 (131,000 NSF), while the August ‘13 show checked-in at 165 (125,000 NSF). In 2012, the show’s ranked 163 in February and 164 in August.
For 27 years, Norton’s Apparel, Jewelry, and Gift Market has been all about the personal touch. That is sure to be the case once again June 7-9, when the all-season wholesale market returns to its home base, the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Miami International Mart in Miami Gardens, FL brings together retail buyers and leading distributors of thousands of products from across the U.S. Held four times a year, the remaining 2014 show dates are April 6-8, June 22-24, and September 7-9. The first show in 2015 is scheduled for January 25-27.
Vapor World Expo is scheduled May 7-8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. It is a must attend event for innovators, manufacturers, distributors and retailers that have a stake in the electronic cigarette industry.
Retailers have discovered OFFPRICE is the place to be for quality apparel at almost unbelievable prices. More than 500 exhibitors carrying products at up to 70 percent below wholesale costs provided a buzzing show floor at the Sands Expo at Venetian/Palazzo, in Las Vegas. The February 2014 OFFPRICE Show enjoyed gains in two important trade show categories: retailer attendance and net-square-feet. OFFPRICE experienced a healthy retailer attendance gain of six percent from its February 2013 show.