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The National Hardware Show brings together attendees to see new products, network and meet the biggest brands in home improvement. 

By Stephanie Crets

The 71st annual National Hardware Show is coming to the Las Vegas Convention Center May 4 to May 6 for attendees to experience the latest and greatest in the home improvement marketplace. Attendees will see new products, network with other attendees and exhibitors, attend educational seminars and meet with big brands – from 3M to Ace Hardware Corp. to Louisville Ladder and more. As one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the industry, retailers, manufacturers and distributors in the home improvement industry won’t want to miss the show.

The National Hardware Show has evolved through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving people’s quality of life through their homes. Now, the show is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil new products, ideas and insights to a wide range of industry professionals. 

sweetssnacksexpoDiscover the latest trends and innovations in the snack and confectionery industry at the Sweets & Snacks Expo.

By Stephanie Crets

The Sweets & Snacks Expo, put on by the National Confectioners Association, takes place May 24 through 26 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The expo gives more than 16,000 attendees from 90 countries a look at the latest trends in snacking – from products to consumer behavior to merchandising. This year, the show will offer a new exhibitor hall thanks to its 20 percent exhibitor growth and will feature more than 700 exhibiting companies across four acres of candy and snacks. 

With three jam-packed days of events and things to see, attendees will experience widespread snack innovations, new and niche snack products, business-building solutions and innovations in merchandising. They will be able to gain actionable insights on snack innovations, trends and behaviors, uncover trends from the latest in multicultural snacking and learn how to drive sales by using technology to understand purchase behavior and merchandizing insights.

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By Janice Hoppe

Ticket sales were red hot for last year’s Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) and organizers are expecting a similar turnout this year. The must-attend event has become so popular that one more day has been added to the usually four-day festival.

Even record-cool temperatures in Miami last year couldn’t keep attendees away. “Passionate fans led the way to record-breaking ticket sales,” Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager says. “Between a completely rejuvenated Grand Tasting Village, the debut of Meatopia and our first tiki-inspired cocktail competition it was a great success on many levels.”

SOBEWFF returns to Miami Beach Feb. 24-28 with more than 80 events spanning Miami-Dade and Broward counties. This year, attendees will see returning fan-favorite events, as well as plenty of new ones to feed any appetite.

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Licensing Expo brings retailers and licensees together as the world’s largest tradeshow dedicated to licensing and brand extension.

By Jessica Blue, Senior Vice President of Licensing, UBM Americas

Recognizable brand names, such as Disney and Pierre Cardin, remain popular among consumers and often generate a higher price point than generic goods. Because of this, 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 $259.9 billion in retail sales globally, according to License! Global.

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.

Licensing Expo serves the global licensing industry as the world’s largest and most influential trade show dedicated to licensing and brand extension. For three days, 16,150 retailers, licensees, manufacturers and advertising agents come together from more than 90 countries on June 21 to 23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to: 

  • Hear the future brand strategies direct from brand and property owners;
  • See what brands are being launched ready for stores in the next 18 to 24 months;
  • Find exclusive licensed products for your stores;
  • Compare the hottest fashion, movie, TV, sports and consumer brands that your consumers will be demanding for 2017/2018; and
  • Ink direct-to-retail (DTR) deals with brand owners.

More than 5,000 brands from all product categories are showcased at Licensing Expo – from candy to cars, food to fashion, music to movies, TV to toys and everything in between. No matter what category you’re responsible for, a visit to Licensing Expo will help your business decisions and strategy, now and in the future.

Retail attendance continues to grow at Licensing Expo. In 2015, retail attendance increased by 15 percent. Retailers that attended included: amazon.com, Best Buy, Forever 21, H&M, Kohl’s, Pottery Barn, Target, Tesco, Walmart, Wet Seal and Williams-Sonoma.

In addition to connecting with top brand owners and agents like AwesomenessTV, Nintendo of America, Inc., NFL Players Inc., Crocs, Mattel Inc., Coca-Cola and Grumpy Cat, Expo attendees can enhance their show experience through networking, education and Matchmaking Services.

Hear from industry experts at more than 25 educational sessions at Licensing University, sponsored by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). In addition to seminars, Licensing University also includes: Roundtable Discussions, an intimate 30-minute setting to review the industry’s hottest topics, and the Digital Media Licensing Summit, seminars from the world’s most popular digital media companies and stars. The keynote and the Digital Media Licensing Summit are free to attend while you can purchase an all-access pass to attend any of the seminars and roundtable discussions.

Adding to the opening day buzz is the most talked about party in licensing, which takes place on June 21 in a stunning new venue: The Havana Room™ and Sky Beach Club at the recently renovated Tropicana Las Vegas. Sponsored by LIMA, the Opening Night Party is the must-attend after-hours networking event for the industry, featuring premier evening networking with the world’s most influential brand owners, retailers and licensees. Festivities for the 2016 party include entertainment by Winter Dance Party, courtesy of C3 Entertainment, Inc., a tribute to Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

Throughout Licensing Expo, retailers will have access to the Retailer Lounge, located in the Brands & Agents zone on the show floor. Escape the bustling show floor to meet with colleagues and enjoy complimentary refreshments. 

Licensing Expo only happens once a year: this June in Las Vegas. Don’t miss out on the business and the buzz. For more information and free attendee registration, visit www.licensingexpo.com

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Licensing Expo brings retailers and licensees together as the world’s largest tradeshow dedicated to licensing and brand extension.

 

By Jessica Blue, Senior Vice President - Licensing, UBM Americas

 

Recognizable brand names, such as Disney and Pierre Cardin, remain popular among consumers and often generate a higher price point than generic goods. Because of this, 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 $259.9 billion in retail sales globally, according to License! Global.

 

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.

 

Licensing Expo serves the global licensing industry as the world’s largest and most influential trade show dedicated to licensing and brand extension. For three days, 16,150 retailers, licensees, manufacturers and advertising agents come together from more than 90 countries on June 21 to 23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to:

 

* Hear the future brand strategies direct from brand and property owners;

* See what brands are being launched ready for stores in the next 18 to 24 months;

* Find exclusive licensed products for your stores;

* Compare the hottest fashion, movie, TV, sports and consumer brands that your consumers will be demanding for 2017/2018; and

* Ink direct-to-retail (DTR) deals with brand owners.

 

More than 5,000 brands from all product categories are showcased at Licensing Expo – from candy to cars, food to fashion, music to movies, TV to toys and everything in between. No matter what category you’re responsible for, a visit to Licensing Expo will help your business decisions and strategy, now and in the future.

 

Retail attendance continues to grow at Licensing Expo. In 2015, retail attendance increased by 15 percent. Retailers that attended included: amazon.com, Best Buy, Forever 21, H&M, Kohl’s, Pottery Barn, Target, Tesco, Walmart, Wet Seal and Williams-Sonoma.

 

In addition to connecting with top brand owners and agents like AwesomenessTV, Nintendo of America, Inc., NFL Players Inc., Crocs, Mattel Inc., Coca-Cola and Grumpy Cat, Expo attendees can enhance their show experience through networking, education and Matchmaking Services.

 

Hear from industry experts at more than 25 educational sessions at Licensing University, sponsored by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA). In addition to seminars, Licensing University also includes: Roundtable Discussions, an intimate 30-minute setting to review the industry’s hottest topics, and the Digital Media Licensing Summit, seminars from the world’s most popular digital media companies and stars. The keynote and the Digital Media Licensing Summit are free to attend, while you can purchase an all-access pass to attend any of the seminars and roundtable discussions.

 

Adding to the opening day buzz is the most talked about party in licensing, which takes place on June 21 in a stunning new venue: The Havana Room™ and Sky Beach Club at the recently renovated Tropicana Las Vegas. Sponsored by LIMA, the Opening Night Party is the must-attend after-hours networking event for the industry, featuring premier evening networking with the world’s most influential brand owners, retailers and licensees. Festivities for the 2016 party include entertainment by Winter Dance Party, courtesy of C3 Entertainment, Inc., a tribute to Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

 

Throughout Licensing Expo, retailers will have access to the Retailer Lounge, located in the Brands & Agents zone on the show floor. Escape the bustling show floor to meet with colleagues and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

 

Licensing Expo only happens once a year: this June in Las Vegas. Don’t miss out on the business and the buzz. For more information and free attendee registration, visit www.licensingexpo.com.

 

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This February, hundreds of thousands of the world’s most innovative children’s playthings will fill the vast aisles of the North American International Toy Fair™. Owned and operated by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA), the show will take place at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from Saturday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Established more than a century ago, Toy Fair has evolved into the largest toy and youth entertainment product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere with an ever-growing domestic and international audience that includes nearly 30,000 manufacturers, distributors, retailers, licensors, entertainment executives, inventors and trade guests. Last year’s show was the largest in its 113-year history, setting a new record with 421,300 net square feet of exhibit space filled with brand-new, skill-building and cutting-edge toys and games.

To date, more than 1,050 exhibitors have already signed up for Toy Fair 2016, including big names such as Mattel, Spin Master, LEGO, Crayola, ALEX Brands, Melissa & Doug and TOMY, as well as 217 first-time exhibitors who are eager to make their mark on the international toy industry. About 10,000 global buyers from powerhouse retail outlets and 1,000 members of the press are expected at Toy Fair, where they will scope out specialty and high-end toys, innovative tech toys, educational games, dolls and plush, outdoor ride-ons, active toys and everything in between. The marketplace offers plenty of opportunities for “hands-on” fun, with many exhibitors allowing buyers to test and play with their latest product lines right on the show floor. Year after year, visitors say they spot more trends and creative, cutting-edge products at Toy Fair than at any other toy show in the world. 

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