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.
While many manufacturers generate waste, here is one that heads in the opposite direction, keeping zillions of pieces of paper out of our landfills. Notebagz transforms this detritus into edgy handbags, cosmetic cases and other accessories. The style alone is enough to recommend Notebagz, even if they didn’t make right-on-the-money bags of all kinds made entirely out of recycled publications, magazines and posters. American-made Notebagz lean on nostalgic icons and vintage books as well as images from television, movie and music artists. All bags feature snappy designs whether shoppers’ tastes run to music, magazine covers, peace signs, travel posters or other icons of times gone by.
Preview Spring 2013 children’s fashion and accessories at the ENK Children’s Club, Javits Center, NYC, October 21-23. October is one of the biggest ENK Children’s Club events of the year, so there are hundreds of brands to discover. Some of the new ones that caught the attention of The Giggle Guide® include Snapping Turtle Kids, XOLO Shoes, A to Z with you and me and My Bonnie Wearable Art.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Tuesday, September 18th 2012
In a time when outsourcing is common, it’s a valuable point of differentiation to find companies that produce quality merchandise in the U.S.A. For expertly crafted, handmade children’s clothing that’s made to order; darling hats, headbands and other accessories that are hand stitched with love; and diaper bags and totes that are stylish as well as functional, consider this trio of brands all under the Gracious May corporate banner: Gracious May, Snugars and Bushka.
A new mom’s back gets tired for many reasons: c-section pain, carrying the new baby, toting gear, and from repetitive feeding at awkward angles. With frequent feeding intervals, the back pain can interfere with daily participation in her child’s life. Enter the Momby Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding Support. This revolutionary product replaces the soft breastfeeding pillow with supportive materials and an ergonomic design to reduce back stress and make feeding easier for mom and baby. Momby can even help lessen the painful issues of colic and reflux.
For many customers, God is present in all aspects of their daily lives, making them appreciate visual reminders of God’s goodness. Retailers can tap into the spiritual needs of customers by offering brands that inspire, with a lively spirit of practicality and fun. Dedicating and reflecting a family’s faith on baby’s clothes and other items is a way parents celebrate and give witness to their beliefs. Products from LittleDisciples, Wee Believers, Band Angels and Dicksons, Inc., proclaim a Christian message.
As a retailer, a huge part of your role is being on the cusp of trends in the children’s market. Sure, you can surf the Internet and read reviews, but it’s hard to tell what’s really new. This time, we’ve done the work for you! Or, Atlanta did. The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market, held July 11-18 at AmericasMart Atlanta was a valuable venue for those who wanted to be in the know about what’s next for the kiddos. Here’s a taste of brands worthy of recognition: So Snaps, Pop Up Pals, Munch and BabyBedside.
It’s never too early to cheer a favorite team on to victory! That’s the lesson Baby Fanatic founder and ardent sports fan Tricia Woodson learned when she needed a baby gift for another sports-wild mom and couldn’t find anything that met her needs. Faster than you can say “win/win,” Woodson developed a line of licensed baby products. Today, Baby Fanatic is the exclusive manufacturer of officially licensed baby goods for all NFL and MLB teams. Plus they license products for over forty colleges, so even the youngest member of the family can display their team spirit.
For basics that go the extra mile, necessories (necessary accessories) from Bella Tunno top the list of must-haves, but it wasn’t always this way. In 2005, founder Michelle Tunno Buelow was a new mom, frustrated because she wanted items she couldn’t find — necessities with panache. With a small goal and a big heart, Tunno Buelow began by selling home-made burp cloths out of her house. Word spread, her brand found wings and other items including Bella Bibs, Binker Pacifier Clips and Diaper Ditties were added. Today, Bella Tunno proudly offers merchants over 400 product styles and options.
Looking to find a baby shower gift addition for your store? Do you prefer something that’s a balance of practicality, functionality and personality? Kivelli Baby, AM PM Kids, Paci-Plushies and Dr. Carey’s Baby Care provide the “ahhh” factor. From minky blankets and hooded towels to adorable plush pacifier holders and essential baby care kits, there is something ideal for every new arrival. It’s important to keep your baby shower surprises fresh. The choices are up to you!
Looking to inject some fun into summer, several children’s brands have joined in on a social media promotion.
To raise awareness for their products and increase their Facebook fan bases, Babiators, Danzo Baby, Flap Happy, Guava Kids, Kissy Kissy, Masala Baby, MD Moms and Nested Bean are giving away hundreds of dollars worth of product.
The grand-prize winner will receive a prize pack worth $300 and several runner’s up will be selected as well. The contest runs from July 9-16, 2012.
The Giggle Guide® attended the 4th Annual ABC Spring Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas, and we’re pleased to report that we heard no complaints about the event that provided an all-in-one combination of business education, trade show, networking and plenty of good food, fun and industry fellowship. Packed with informational seminars and plenty of opportunities to network, the streamlined trade show portion included 187 booths. This year’s event showcased a variety of new and returning baby and juvenile brands. A few head-turners included Notch, Ergobaby, guavakids and SnoozeShade.