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When the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ (NACDS) Total Store Expo hits the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from August 22-25, it will once again bring its signature blend of tradeshow and senior-level conference formats together. At this powerful appointment-based show, strategic and tactical collaboration across functions within retailer and supplier partners will be fostered, providing tools that can help attendees utilize the event as a game-changer for their companies.

This year, the NACDS Total Store Expo launched a major social media campaign to maximize the event’s power to “Make Connections Happen.” Introduced on NACDS-TV, NACDS’ campaign has been utilizing Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to tell the story of what makes the NACDS Total Store Expo unique.

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Billed as the global pillar of fashion tradeshows, MAGIC takes place twice annually, bringing together more than 60,000 industry insiders in Las Vegas to shop 11 can’t-miss markets, each tailored to a unique look or trend. Its comprehensive marketplace covers the top men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s apparel, footwear, accessories and resources. With 85 years of experience and attendance from more than 120 countries, MAGIC seeks to move fashion forward globally. Attendees can find it all at MAGIC, from the fabric to the finished product, the hottest brands to the top designers, and the tastemakers to the power buyers.

Artists, music, designers, models, and lots and lots of clothes! You would think I’m talking about a concert but this is what the MAGIC tradeshow feels like these days. Every year, thousands of fashion mavens invade Las Vegas for the bi-annual tradeshow. It’s more than just a tradeshow; it’s where the future of what we wear takes place. You get to meet and collaborate with different vendors, designers and artists. 

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Ticket sales were red-hot for the 14th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February, even despite record-breaking cold temperatures in Miami.

“Although Miami saw record-cool temperatures during the weekend, passionate fans led the way to record-breaking ticket sales for South Beach Wine and Food Festival,” notes Lee Brian Schrager, festival founder and director who also serves as vice president of corporate communications and national events for Southern Wine and Spirits of America. “Between a completely rejuvenated Grand Tasting Village, the debut of Meatopia and our first tiki-inspired cocktail competition it was a great success on many levels.”

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Ask any retailer and they will tell you that flexible packaging such as merchandise, garment and mailer bags are essential to commerce and a positive customer experience. That’s where Inteplast Group’s Retail and Grocery Business Unit comes in. 

Established in 1991 and headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Inteplast Group is a major manufacturer of diverse and synergistic products, including packaging, industrial and stretch films, bags of all types and much more. The company serves wide-ranging markets, including national retailers and grocers. 

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From June 8-11 at McCormick Place in Chicago, FMI Connect 2015 will provide food retailers of all kinds, wholesalers, merchandisers, operations people, CIOs and CTOs with a forum for ideas, products, partnerships and professional development. FMI Connect is operated by the Food Marketing Institute, which advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. Its U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion.

With attractions such as FMI Expo and many education sessions, FMI Connect tries to help its attendees maintain relevance so they can get out in front of changing consumer tastes. FMI Connect 2015 will feature products and services in many departments from 700+ exhibitors. It will offer opportunities to connect with industry peers, as 400 retailer companies and 12,500-plus professionals will be in attendance. And it will include more than 40 education sessions with tactics and best practices for improving operations.

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