By Moe Lastfogel
Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
I always welcome April with open arms, as March is definitely my busiest month of the year - filled with travel to shows like Nationwide and BrandSource Buy Fairs, the International Home + Housewares Show, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and the Digital Signage Expo. Sometimes straight from one to another! It is absolutely a blast, but I look forward to refocusing and winding down a bit in the month of April.
Nationwide and BrandSource Buy Fairs were amazing. The attendance for both certainly must have been record-breaking, especially for Nationwide with the MEGA merger. The classrooms, keynotes, and show floors at both events were packed. Both held special evening buying events, and from what I was told, shattered all previous sales records. In the next few months, we will have follow-ups on the fairs to give you more details. BrandSource also held a Charity Poker Tournament with proceeds going to their AVB Scholarship. Living in Las Vegas didn't bring me enough luck to place 1st, but 6th out of 142 participants was good enough for me, it was such a fun event for a great cause.
The IHHS was filled this year with more smart integrated products than I have seen in years—Instant Pots, rice cookers and blenders to name a few. I can't wait to see how some of the exciting products I saw this year make out in the market place. A new microwave that has an integrated blast chilling mode, and an integrated vacuum sealing drawer with a stainless steel front and push-to-open feature made the top of my WOW list. Again, more to come on the show.
I haven’t gone to Architectural Digest or Digital Signage Expo as I write this article but from the press releases I have received, I can’t wait to get there. The AD Show is always great, as I get the opportunity for more one-on-one education than at many other larger shows. DSE is a great look into the future of retail in the digital world and is always an eye- opening experience for me. I can’t wait for you to see what we have to report on in the months to come.