Category1Everything wears out eventually, including shoes. Apparently unwilling to dye their shoes the latest color or have the soles or heels patched one more time, women grew total dollar sales of their footwear in the United States by 4 percent in 2012, according to the NPD Group Inc.’s consumer tracking service.

Total U.S. footwear dollar sales in 2012, which includes athletic and fashion footwear, grew 3 percent in 2012 with total dollar sales of $54 billion, the NPD Group reports. Closing in on women’s footwear growth was that of children’s, whose total footwear dollar sales grew by 3.8 percent. Men’s lagged behind at 2.4 percent.

Hearing1From the moment a customer walks through a retailer’s door, an opinion is formed about that store. One contributing factor is from the music played. Music contributes to the overall customer experience and can ultimately determine how long a customer will linger in a store. The longer the linger, the more likely a sale. Music is a highly effective business tool that can drive sales, but it’s crucial that a retailer sets the right vibe.

Housewares1The International Home + Housewares Show is the world’s largest marketplace of housewares and home goods. With more than 2,100 suppliers from around the globe, the event is home to unique and distinctive products that can help businesses be more successful.

The 2013 International Home + Housewares Show is being held from March 2 to 5 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Along with various expos and seminars, it will include many new features and enhancements.

Magic1MAGIC Market Week Feb. 19 to 21 at the Mandalay Bay and Las Vegas Convention Centers will feature the latest trends, most talked-about clothing labels and tens of thousands of retailers from more than 80 countries around the world. MAGIC bills itself as offering the most comprehensive community of retailers, brands, buyers and fashion insiders at a single event.

More than 5,000 brands of men’s, wom­en’s and children’s apparel, footwear and accessories will be exhibited during the week. Celebrity-studded events and parties will feature the most influential names in fashion, promises Advanstar, Magic’s organizer.

Expo1Anticipating more than 60,000 attendees at the 33rd annual Natural Products Expo West March 7 to 10 at the Anaheim, Calif., convention center, the expo’s producer, New Hope Natural Media, is adding a new exhibit pavilion, education for­um and networking events. Be­ing held at the same time and place will be the trade shows and conferences Engredea for the ingredient industry and Nutracon for the supply chain.

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