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.


E3 is the world’s premier trade show for computer, video games and mobile games and related products. That’s why, when the doors of the Los Angeles Convention Center open on June 16-18, we here at Rovio will the lining up with the masses hoping to connect with the tens of thousands of the best, brightest and most innovative professionals in the interactive entertainment industry.

Gaming has evolved greatly in recent years. The rise of mobile gaming means that everyone is now a gamer (2.8 billion downloads of our mobile game sensation Angry Birds attests to this) and E3 has emerged as the must attend global event for the entire industry - regardless of what console or device you are creating for.


The National Hardware Show is the place to go for face-to-face sourcing, trading and learning, home improvement, and the DIY markets. Scheduled for May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the show is presented by Reed Exhibitions with support from the North American Retail Hardware Association.

More than 30,000 industry professionals attend the show, which will have more than 2,500 exhibitors showcasing product across 15 product categories. Each year, exhibitors bring their latest products and technology to the National Hardware Show for the industry’s first look at what’s new.

The show allows exhibitors to launch their latest products and for new companies to make their debut. Featured areas on the show floor include New Product Launch, New Product World, Inventors Spotlight, Made in the USA, Homewares Awards Product Display, and Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards Product Display. New for 2015, new exhibitors will be featured within the product category areas on the show floor.


Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo on May 19-21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place is one of 2015’s can’t-miss events. The 2015 expo is anticipated to be the most successful in the event’s 18-year history, with an already sold-out show floor including an extensive exhibitor wait list.

In 2014, the expo set an all-time record in volume of confectionery and snack products with more than 650 companies, increased exhibitor participation for five straight years with more than 3.5 acres of product innovation. In 2015, the show floor square footage expanded to accommodate more new exhibitors and plans to welcome more than 16,000 industry professionals.

“Each year, the show continues to thrive and break standing records while reaching new milestones,” says Tim Quinn, expo chairman and vice president of trade development for Mars Chocolate North America. 


Recognizable brand names such as Disney and Coca-Cola remain popular among consumers and often generate a higher price point than generic goods.

The licensing industry continues to grow and licensed products are driving retail sales as consumers demand more of their favorite brands. In fact, the licensing industry now accounts for an estimated $251.8 billion in retail sales globally each year. 

As retailers, it is important to stay connected to the ever-growing licensing industry and upcoming trends to ensure your store is filled with the latest products and brands consumers are looking for.

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