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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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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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Organized by Worldwide Business Research, eTail West takes place this Feb. 22-25 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, Calif. With 2,500 attendees and more than 220 exhibitors expected, eTail West is a show created by retailers, for retailers.

eTail West is the one-stop shop for e-commerce and multi-channel executives. It is an event where inspiration meets socializing, an incubator for innovation and relationships that last far beyond the conference.

Topics covered at the show span from the latest innovations, engagement, personalization, the customer journey and online marketing to analytics, mobile, social, e-mail, search, usability and more. If you have a pain point, eTail West has definitely got you covered. You’ll learn about the future of retail from those who are shaping it.

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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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Billed as the global pillar of fashion tradeshows, MAGIC and FN Platform takes place twice annually, bringing together more than 60,000 industry insiders in Las Vegas to shop 11 can’t-miss markets spread across the Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Convention Centers.. The comprehensive marketplace covers the top men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s apparel, footwear, accessories and resources.

With 85 years of experience and attendance from more than 120 countries, MAGIC seeks to move fashion forward globally. Attendees can find it all at MAGIC, from the fabric at SOURCING to the finished product on the main show floor, the hottest brands to the top designers, and the tastemakers to the power buyers.

Every year, thousands of fashion mavens invade Las Vegas for the bi-annual tradeshow. It's more than just a tradeshow; it's where the future of what we wear takes place. Attendees get to meet and collaborate with different vendors, designers and artists.

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