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eTail West is the event for e-commerce and multi-channel retail innovators.

eTail West, organized by Worldwide Business Research, is at the cutting edge of multi-channel and e-commerce. The show is a community of executives where you will be invigorated by innovation and attend memorable keynotes that not only change your business, but the way you do business. Taking place Feb. 27 to March 1, 2017, eTail West allows its more than 2,500 attendees to partake in interactive sessions and fun networking at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, Calif.

Some of the notable keynote speakers include: Emilie Arel Scott, CEO of Quidsi; Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer of Barnes & Noble; David Yeom, Co-Founder and CEO of Hollar; and Mike Edwards, CEO of eBags. Key themes discussed at this year’s show include innovation and disruption, and the ways that both traditional retailers and startups are navigating today’s landscape.


The 11th annual Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show is host to nearly 400 exhibiting licensees showcasing the latest fan gear for retailers to expand their product offerings.

By Nikki Puckett, Marketing Director, Emerald Expositions, Licensing Group

The 11th annual Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show takes place Jan. 17-19, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This will be the largest show to date with nearly 400 exhibiting licensees, offering the latest fan gear to expand the product offerings of retailers.

Exhibitors represent all of the professional and collegiate leagues and teams and will be showcasing merchandise in every possible product category – from toys and games to apparel to pet products and much more. Licensors returning will be CLC, Learfield Licensing Partners, NASCAR, Fermata Partners, NHL, NBA, NFL Players Association and Chelsea Football Club.

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By Stephanie Crets

San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest events in the comics and entertainment industry in the world. This year’s convention, which was held July 21 to 24 at the San Diego Convention Center, was no exception. Attendance for Comic Con usually tops out at more than 130,000 attendees, and the convention has maxed out its event space, including even more satellite locations to incorporate more programming and accommodate more attendees.

Comic Con brings thousands of comic creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, actors and writers and creators from all aspects of popular arts together with their fans – some even wait in line overnight for a chance to see their favorite guest – for panels and signings.


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Every year, the NACS Show brings together convenience and fuels retailing industry professionals for four days of learning, buying and selling, networking and fun, all designed to help participants grow their bottom line. Join attendees this year in Atlanta from Oct. 18-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center – where all roads lead to profits.

With a 410,000-net-square-foot expo hall and more than 1,200+ exhibiting companies showcasing thousands of products, the NACS Show is the only event of the year for leading c-store operators to find ideas, discover new products and develop profitable business connections.

Each area of the expo gives attendees a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience that can’t be matched anywhere else. Explore the 1,200 exhibitors, including the New Exhibitor Area with nearly 200 first-time NACS Show exhibitors. Introduced last year at the NACS Show, the New Exhibitor Area was wildly popular. This year the area will streamline time spent exploring new exhibitors by organizing them into the five categories that mirror the full expo: Facility Development and Store Operations; Foodservice Equipment and Foodservice Programs; Merchandise, Candy and Snacks; Fuel Equipment and Services; and Technology.


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The ninth annual Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola (NYCWFF) will once again set out to help “Eat. Drink. EndHunger.” this fall. With nearly 100 events and more than 350 participating talent, the industry-wide celebration showcases what’s on trend and what’s next in the ever-growing epicurean landscape.

Since its inception, NYCWFF has successfully raised more than $9.5 million to support the fight to end hunger by working with its charity partners, No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.

Festival founder and director, Lee Schrager, who also serves as senior vice president, communications and corporate social responsibility at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, enlists both established and up-and-coming talent from all over the world to participate in his signature mix of events that range from hands-on classes, to panel discussions to expansive walk-around tastings held on Piers 92 and 94 in Midtown West.

This year, Coca-Cola joined the bill as the official presenting sponsor after partnering with the festival for eight years on various events. Additional sponsors will include past partners Delta Air Lines, New York Post, MasterCard and new to this year, Alfa Romeo, who has come on as the official automotive partner, and PEOPLE magazine.


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