By Moe Lastfogel
Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
Happy Holidays to all of our readers, supporters and friends. This has been what seems to have been a great year for both retailer and manufacturer alike. As I have had the opportunity to speak with both as I travel from shows to buy fairs and to showrooms, I keep hearing the word “up”. Business is up, percentages are up, volume is up, customer counts are up and so on.
This year, many if not all of the shows touted larger attendances than in years past. Design Construction Week had a huge draw with the combined shows this year. In 2016 at KBIS, we are sponsoring the new Outdoor Products Area which will showcase the latest in outdoor kitchen and living design trends, as well as display new outdoor products from more than 15 brands. Located in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the pavilion will also offer expanded programming for attendees including panels and demonstrations. This category has blown “up” and is one you should seriously consider taking a look at and adding to your product mix. I’m looking forward to seeing the turnout for the event next year.
As we, The Retail Observer, look forward to a new year we are also looking “up”. We plan to feature brand new manufacturers, shows and products to help you grow your business and keep you abreast of the latest in industry news. We are also looking to include plumbing, lighting and decorative hardware as well as the other categories we already showcase in our magazine.
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you over the course of the 2016 show and buy fair season and I can’t wait to hear what tales you have to share of your business successes in 2015. Have a great holiday season and a prosperous New Year.