By Moe Lastfogel
Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
Wow, here we go again. Shows, shows and more shows. The next three shows are
a great way to start off the New Year. CES, Las Vegas Winter Market and Design
& Construction Week. The introduction of new products and the networking
available over the next 5 weeks will be amazing and I for one can’t wait.
CES takes place January 7-10 with a multitude of events both before and during that are
going to keep us in a whirlwind. With press events starting on the 5th and going through the
7th and then 3 full days of trying to take in the entire show, it will be a challenge to catch it all.
I personally am looking forward to all of the new connectivity products that are hitting the
market and seeing how manufacturers have progressed with glasses-less 3D TV. I know my
feet will be tired.
January 26-30 will be another exciting Las Vegas Winter Market. This year nearly 1.1 million
square feet of new and expanded showrooms spanning furniture, home decor and gifts has
been added. Over 1,200 new and expanded exhibitors and thousands of new product
introductions. For this show, I will definitely need walking shoes.
The Design & Construction Week with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the
Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) co-locating will also take place in Las Vegas February
4-6, along with the International Window Coverings Expo. I thought I’d share with you a list of
the manufacturers in the appliance category that are showing:
Air King, Brew Express, Broan-Nutone, Electrolux, BSH Home Appliances, Dacor, Falmec,
Fhiaba, Fulgor Milano, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Liebherr, Napoleon Fireplaces & Grills,
Rangecraft Manufacturing Co., Scotsman Ice Systems, Summit/Danver, True Professional,
Vent- A- Hood, Viking Range, and Vinotemp.
Just to name a few! Of course, this list will be old by the time the show rolls around. Expect
to find even more manufacturers; some you may know as well as a few you don’t, will be onsite
or at offsite locations which seem to be happening more at many shows. With these three
events merged here in Las Vegas, we can now see and talk with exhibitors from every part of
the industry during the same week. Thank goodness I’ve decided to buy new shoes!
I look forward to reporting on these events in the upcoming months and showing you all of
the new products and innovations that The Retail Observer is on the lookout for! Just remember
that the best way to see what’s being offered is to be there yourself and if you’re at a show and
see me, please stop to chat and tell me what you think.