We’ve heard it time and again: “the customer is king.” But thanks to what can euphemistically be called a “sluggish” economy over the last few years, too many retailers and manufacturers have decided to let shoppers call the shots. The result is a marketplace that looks defeated, offering safe products instead of innovation. Rather than newness, we’re getting sameness because everyone’s afraid consumers won’t give new ideas a sporting chance.
It’s comfortable, it’s cuddly, it’s convenient and a classic… it even reached pop culture status by appearing on an episode of Friends. It’s Boppy, one of the most popular baby products of all time. Is there anyone in the baby biz that doesn’t know that the Boppy is a soft, uniquely-shaped pillow designed to provide a comfy, supportive cradle for a baby’s delicate head and neck, making it easier for a parent to hold and feed the infant? This simple yet revolutionary invention has become a household name in the last 23 years, and the company is now poised to serve a whole new generation of moms with fresh designs and styles.
Over the years, baby gear manufacturers have looked for ways to make lighter, easier to maneuver portable playards and cribs. Some of these efforts have worked quite well, allowing parents more freedom of movement. Still, the perfect folding playard remained elusive; there were always too many parts or too much bulk to allow for truly smooth transport. Finally, there’s the journeyBee, an ultra-light, ready-to-travel folding crib from ParentLab.
Moms sometimes decide to dress down or forgo the fashionable in lieu of the comfortable and functional. Haute couture purses and scarves give way to bulky, pink monkey-splattered diaper bags and blue burp cloths. Parents don’t mind sacrifice when it comes to their children, but what if stylish adults didn’t have to give up looking great in order to schlep baby’s gear from place to place? Products that do double duty as functional and fashionable are especially trendy since both parents often work outside the home. Accessories from Funktion marry panache and utility in a natural way to serve a growing family’s needs and wants.
USA/ABC Pavilion to be in both China and UK Events in 2013
San Antonio, TX - As a result of high level meetings during the 2012 ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, KY, USA, the ABC Kids Expo, Children’s Baby Maternity Expo (CBME) and the Harrogate Nursery Fair/Baby Products Association have formed an alliance of mutual cooperation and reciprocal pavilions in each other’s shows.
The ABC Kids Expo, held annually, is the largest North American baby, maternity and juvenile products exhibition, UBM Asia’s CBME is the largest Chinese exhibition in this sector and the Harrogate Nursery Show is the only show of its kind in the UK.
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A mother-to-be has a lot on her mind. To help her prepare for as stress-free a hospital experience as possible, stock the original Hospital “Go” Bags from Due Date Bags. The Labor Queen Hospital “Go” Bag is stocked with delivery essentials a lady loves (and needs) including a pretty nursing cami; nursing pads; toiletries for her hospital stay; thank you cards; a “shop closed for six week”’ panty; and items for the new arrival, including a “Take Me Home” one-piece, hat and bib. They also offer other bags worth their due. One contains a stash for older siblings, including a coloring book, crayons and a gift for their new brother or sister. Dad’s bag holds a Labor Coach T-shirt and hat and celebratory chocolate bars.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the ABC Kids Expo seemed to have more special events and celebrations than ever, including the Maternity Row ABC Runway Show; the JPMA 50th Anniversary Innovation Awards; a Town Meeting to introduce Brixy, the new retailer association; a celebratory ABC Breakfast to honor those that have attended every Expo; and the Industry Party that rocked 4th Street Live. A few of the brands that captured the attention of The Giggle Guide’s Leesa Valentino included Sili, Neon Tiki Tribe, Okkatots, and Kidsme.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, November 7th 2012
If there’s any trend that transcends time and gender, it’s this: kids like to pretend they’re a superhero. Now parents don’t have to safety pin a towel to their children’s shirts or allow them to wear their Halloween costumes throughout the year to make that dream come true. They can simply send a child off to school with a backpack or lunch bag with just the kind of super-secret transformative properties possessed by all the great superheroes. Let your customers be a superhero to their own kids at home by offering SuperME products in your store.
The new Dr. Seuss “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” collection is currently shipping, right in time for the holidays! Featured on Bumkins Superbibs, Sleeved Bibs, Junior Bibs, Junior Apron, Splat Mat/Tablecloth and Reusable Tote these items are PVC, BPA, phthalates and lead free; waterproof and machine-washable. This print, which debuted at ABC Kid’s Expo in October 2012 has proven to be a bit hit among retailers and consumers alike.
Danzo Baby bows an update to its popular Hobo style. The new San Ysidro series of diaper bags is offered in a high-density nylon fabric, and it comes in three vibrant colors: Pumpkin, Grass and Ruby. The bags feature Vachetta leather trim, a gray-and-cream striped interior, silver hardware and a breathable, nylon changing pad. They launched into select stores in mid October and will roll out wider in the coming months.
Trade Show Executive Magazine has released its “Fastest 50” list, and the 2012 ABC Spring Educational Conference & Trade Show was ranked #42 in attendance growth in North America.
In its fourth year, the specialty retailer conference and trade show was held at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 25 - 27, 2012.
Total attendance for the event was 825, an increase of 11.6% over 2011. Retail store attendance was up 28% at 183, with buyer attendance up 31% at 330. Media attendance was up 84.6%. There were 126 exhibitors and 187 booths.