Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), the largest and most prestigious licensing event in Europe, is returning this October and is shaping up to be the biggest ever. With more than 2,500 properties on show from more than 300 exhibitors, BLE is the biggest meeting point for the licensing industry in Europe – bringing together more than 7,200 visitors from 60-plus countries to discover some of the biggest brands in the industry.

The all-new matchmaking service, which saw amazing success at Licensing Expo, is launching at BLE this year and allows visitors and exhibitors to schedule 1-2-1 meetings pre-show. Engagement is very high for BLE with more than 2,000 meeting requests already sent by the beginning of September. Visitors can connect with exhibitors from all three zones of the show – Character & Entertainment, Brands & Lifestyle and Art, Design & Image. Exhibitors include Pokémon, Nickelodeon, PSG, Arsenal, 20th Century Fox, Activision, TF1, Cartoon Network, FIFA, IWM, Royal Airforce Museum and many more. Meetings are on a first-come-first-served basis and exhibitors’ schedules are booking up so visitors are advised to use this system to book their meetings as soon as possible.


FN PLATFORM is gearing up for a landmark show this August in Las Vegas.

With more than 1,600 men’s, women’s, juniors' and children’s footwear brands from over 20 countries expected on the show floor, August 2016 is anticipated to be the show's best market yet. Known as the global showcase for branded footwear, its international presence has grown to represent 250 exhibitors from over 20 countries, including top brands from Italy, France, Britain, Spain, Brazil, Portugal and more.

The show also draws prominent domestic exhibitors and this season is no exception with names like Sam Edelman, Vince Camuto, Cole Haan and Rebecca Minkoff gearing up to have a huge presence on the show floor. FN PLATFORM continues to bring in fresh talent as well – 20 percent of February 2016 exhibitors were new to the show and August 2016’s lineup lists fresh faces across every footwear category.

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The ninth annual New York City Wine & Food Festival brings foodies together for three days of special events that benefit hunger-relief organizations.

By Stephanie Crets

The must-attend food and wine event of the year is quickly approaching. The ninth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) will take place Oct. 13-16 when more than 50,000 attendees can experience more than 90 food events throughout New York City, including special events in Midtown and Brooklyn.

NYCWFF welcomes 200 partners and nearly 500 chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and culinary personalities to participate in the weekend’s events. NYCWFF offers a wide variety of events at different price points to fit anyone’s taste and budget. Some of its larger signature events take place at Pier 92 and include Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast, Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray, a new event hosted by the cast of “Chopped” and Coca-Cola’s Backyard BBQ hosted by Bobby Flay & Michael Symon. 


NACDS Total Store Expo allows retailers and suppliers to gain new insights into their businesses and companies.

Retailers and exhibitors alike will benefit from the 2016 National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo, occurring Aug. 6-9 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. NACDS Total Store Expo is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gather and network to create a new dialogue that will drive not only the top line, but also operational efficiencies. The show allows attendees to come together across multiple functions and gain new insights into their businesses and companies. NACDS Total Store Expo provides a unique opportunity to delve into today’s evolving marketplace, and set a course for the future.

NACDS’ Total Store Expo attracts more than 5,600 retailer and supplier attendees and is the industry’s largest gathering of its most influential leaders. The show combines strategic and tactical business meetings between existing and new trading partners and is attended by industry decision-makers. As as tradeshow and senior-level conference blended into a powerful appointment-based show, retailers and suppliers will find innovative and cutting-edge programming designed to promote strategic and tactical collaboration across departments within their companies.



eTail East helps attendees keep up-to-date with evolving technologies and network with fellow retailers and startups through several events and panels.

By Stephanie Crets

Retailers and startups can keep up to date and navigate today’s evolving landscape by attending eTail East Aug. 15-18 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston. Organized by Worldwide Business Research (WBR), eTail East covers every area impacting a retailer today, from personalization, content marketing and social marketing to data, mobile engagement and omnichannel challenges.

“Whether you need new contacts, are looking for the right partner or just want to sanity-check your holiday strategies – we have something for everyone,” Program Director of eTail East Lori Hawthorne says. “You’ll leave Boston with the means to truly transform your business.”

The show offers its 1,800 attendees tons of technology under one roof. With 150 exhibitors, attendees will get up close and personal with the latest solutions for their businesses. Plus, eTail East has already done the legwork in curating and cultivating the latest and greatest in technology and exhibitors.

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