The South Beach and New York City Wine and Food Festivals are four-day, star-studded gatherings that showcase the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, while raising money for education and to help fight hunger. “The goal was to create a world-class event and food festival that helped raise funds in Florida for education and in New York City for the hunger causes,” says Lee Brian Schrager, founder and vice president of corporate communications and national events at Southern Wine and Spirits of America. “People have a great time, they get educated and meet great chefs and winemakers, but the bottom line that is most important is raising funds.”  


Global expansion and omni-channel are necessary to business growth, but if not done correctly, retailers often lose profits from high operational costs in areas such as the supply chain and supplier management. These costs often stem from lack of visibility in both the physical and financial supply chain. The latter has created such inefficiencies in operating models that the procure-to-pay process (P2P) has become a hot topic for retailers to master to mitigate financial risk and bring their costs down.


It’s never been easier for customers to get what they want: from the Internet to social media to mobile and, of course, in-store, shoppers can purchase virtually anything they want anytime from anywhere. As a result of this multichannel approach, retailers now have access to a vast pool of customer data that hasn’t existed until fairly recently.

By analyzing this data, retailers can better predict consumer behavior and respond in real time to consumers’ individual needs.


Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) is billed as the world’s gathering place for anyone and everyone in the business of consumer technologies. The International CES attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

Each year, the International CES showcases more than 3,500 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. It also hosts a conference program with 250 sessions and more than 150,000 attendees from more than 140 countries.

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The retailing of consumer electronics products in the U.S. is expected to top $211 billion in revenue in 2014, with 2 percent growth over 2013, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

Consumerism of many popular devices has seen dramatic growth. Smartphone usage has increased from 46 percent in September 2013 to 65 percent in September 2014. Tablet computer ownership has grown from 36 percent to 45 percent in that same time period, and even e-reader device ownership (which largely competes with tablets) saw an increase from 25 percent to 28 percent.

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