By Moe Lastfogel
Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
As I write this Musings, I have just returned from Nationwide Primetime. CES, World Market, and Design and Construction week have all ended. However, as busy as the beginning of the year has been, March is the busiest month of the year by far for the trade shows we promote and partner with.
The month kicks off with the BrandSource Summit at the Venetian in Las Vegas, March 8-11. I’m sure the manufacturers and reps will be sharpening a lot of pencils to keep up with the orders that will be flowing in from the exciting buying and educationally formatted events.
The Summit is followed by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Expo in New Orleans, March 12-14. If you are selling outdoor or hearth products this is a must go-to. My favorite area is always the outdoor burn area where manufacturers can show of their wares and usually always ends in a good meal.
The Inspired Home Show — IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market will be held March 14-17 in Chicago. I am always excited to go there to play with the newest gizmos, gadgets, countertop appliances, and kitchen accessories. An additional bonus: this show will be showing a lot more connected products than ever before. As always, it’s another great show for noshing.
March 19-22 is the ever-exciting Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York, where many manufacturers will be launching new products. From appliances and plumbing to contemporary art and furniture, this is one of our industry’s premier shows.
The ASD Marketweek Trade Show will run March 22-25 in Las Vegas. This B2B trade show brings the world’s widest variety of retail merchandise together in one efficient shopping experience.
Wrapping up the month will be the Digital Signage Expo March 31-April 3, also in Las Vegas. DSE is the world's largest tradeshow of digital display and interactive technologies.
So get your calendars set, tickets in hand and some extra clothes, as this is going to be a long month with lots of exciting things coming your way. Hope to see you there and if you see me first, stop me to say hello! Let me know how your business is doing and what we can do to help your company grow.
Happy retailing and safe travels,