San Antonio, TX - All Baby & Child, Inc., the parent company and organizer of ABC Kids Expo®, has released a post-show statement regarding their ninth annual trade show, held for the first time at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, on September 23 - 26, 2011.
Preliminary stats showed an overall decrease of about 2,200 after last year’s record-breaking attendance and a venue change for this year’s show. Retail buyers, mostly from the West Coast, were down by about 400. Final numbers are expected in the next few weeks.
Even in nature, youngsters love soft, cozy places. From baby birds in nests to little mice in beds of grass and weeds, moms lovingly construct comfortable places for their little ones to thrive. Human moms of course take this instinct a bit further and add all the fun decorative flourishes that take room design from the bare basics to fashionable and stimulating. Roman, Inc., Stephen Joseph, Douglas, and Maison Chic are all companies that help families stay in style with high-quality room décor, school gear, toys, accessories and more.
Five companies were presented with Baby & Child Best New Product Awards with Manny & Simon receiving the “Blogger’s Best” distinction for its collection of eco-friendly, wooden push toys in vehicle shapes. Baby & Child is one of ten divisions of the semi-annual New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) that takes place in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. In addition to the “Blogger’s Best” distinction, the awards included four other categories: toy, décor, gear and apparel. A panel of editors from trade media, kid-centric blogs and websites, including The Giggle Guide’s Leesa Valentino, selected the winners, which exemplified innovation, design and style.
Halo Innovations, a trusted name in baby sleepwear, is introducing a new nursery set that will enable parents to easily create an attractive and safe sleep environment for baby. The new HALO Safe Sleep Crib Set™ includes all the items you need to put baby to sleep in a safe and comfortable way.
Baby Furniture Plus Association, an association of independent specialty stores in the juvenile industry celebrates their twenty five year anniversary this September. “Since 1986, Baby Furniture Plus Association has been devoted specifically to the needs and best interest of the juvenile merchants and the industry. Assisting its member stores in operating highly profitable businesses, and providing an exceptional level of customer service and valuable programs has not changed in twenty five years,” said Beth Jarabek, Executive Director of Baby Furniture Plus Association.
Global Charity to Receive All Exhibitors’ Excess Inventory to Benefit Children and Families in Need
New York, N.Y., August 11, 2011 - Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) today announced that it has been named the charity of choice of the NY International Gift Fair (NYIGF) August 13-18, 2011. In this capacity, K.I.D.S. will be the recipient of all remaining inventory from the 2,800 exhibiting companies at the Pier and Javits Center, showcasing the top lines across the home, lifestyle and gift categories.
Mr. Schmeltzer Served as Director of Compliance for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
New York law firm, Phillips Nizer, welcomed David “Dave” Schmeltzer as a Special Consultant for consumer products safety compliance matters in late spring 2011. Dave has a wealth of experience and will be working closely with Jeremy Richardson, a partner at Phillips Nizer in the firm’s Fashion Practice, who devotes a significant amount of his legal practice on children’s apparel, accessories and furniture.
The Chicago Market boasts a strong line-up of programming, vendors and new trends, making the show in July a must-attend event. The combination of educational and inspirational presentations from industry leaders will provide retailers the information and tools necessary to stay abreast on the evolving industry dynamics and purchasing trends of today’s consumer.
Parents are willing to buy some items sight unseen, but most want to touch and examine the crib where their little one will rest its head. This can present a challenge for smaller storefronts that don’t have the space required for extensive display. While some boutiques can’t put together an entire nursery in their small spaces, they can set the scene by displaying a smart selection of eye-catching pieces that are sure to make the entire set a must-have. The Giggle Guide® starts you thinking about new ways to display and use furnishings with picks from Martinek BéBé, Arte M, and tinitikes.