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Jan 15, 2015
An uptick in holiday sales to $616.1 billion, a 4 percent year-over-year increase, was just one piece of good news for the retail industry during the record-breaking Retail’s BIG Show held this week in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “Today’s holiday retail sales results are welcome news for our industry and for our economy,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. He added, “There is every reason to believe that we have moved well beyond the days of consumer pessimism and that the trajectory for retailers continues to point up.” The trade show, owned and… more
Jan 14, 2015
After considering other destinations, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) decided to keep its annual trade show RECon in Las Vegas for another two years with the option for a three-year extension. ICSC's current contract runs through 2017. The new contract begins in 2018 to potentially 2022, if the extension is exercised. ICSC presented the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board with a demo check to the Las Vegas community for $223 million, which is the estimated non-gaming impact of the show for Southern Nevada. "We are excited to keep RECon in Las Vegas, where it… more
Jan 13, 2015
Unmanned aircraft systems are a fast-growing trend right now, which has led to JD Events launching Drone World Expo Nov. 17-18 at the San Jose McEnery (Ca.) Convention Center. The show will serve commercial drone technologies and applications. To put together a show for the industry, by the industry, a board of advisors has been chosen that includes people such as Gretchen West, vice president of business development and regulatory affairs, DroneDeploy; Jesse Kallman, global business development and regulatory affairs, Airware; Dave Charlesworth, alliance nanager, Chevron… more
Jan 13, 2015
The Consumer Electronic Association’s 2015 International CES presented attendees from around the world, with the latest in autonomous cars, wearable technology, the Internet of Things and much more Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas. The world’s largest tech event just keeps growing, taking over the entire Las Vegas Convention Center, much of the Sands Expo Convention Center and parts of Aria. This year’s show featured 3,600 exhibitors spread out over 2.2 million net square feet of space, or as Tara Dunion, senior director of communications for CEA, likes to say, “that’s 35 football fields of technology… more
Jan 09, 2015
Going into the end of last year and starting 2015, companies have continued to add to their ranks by adding board members, promoting from within or hiring a veteran in the field. Lew Shomer, chairman of 5NET4 and ABILITIES EXPO, said that Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Apprise Media, will join the Board of Directors of 5NET4. McCurdy’s role will be to help Abilities Expo extend their brand through spin-offs, additional launches and acquisitions. David Korse, president and CEO of 5NET4, said, "As 5NET4 continues to make an impact on the disability community and, through its Abilities Expo, has an… more
Jan 09, 2015
In the past few weeks, our inboxes have been inundated with predictions and trends for 2015.  At a2z, we have tuned in to what the experts are saying, and a picture is emerging of the shape that content sharing and marketing will take in 2015. Previously Content was King, but if this was still the case, then we would have many, way too many, rulers. 2015 will require brand owners to not only share content with target audiences, but also present it in a way that breaks through the clutter. Four ways to make your content count that will be big this year: 1.Video Video is easier and faster… more
Jan 09, 2015
The Consumer Electronic Association’s partnered with Radius Networks at the 2015 CES show last week on a new navigation system for attendees, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. The navigation system, which was accessible through the CES app, provided attendees with directions to exhibit locations within CES Tech West and Tech East.  In total, the navigation system covered an estimated four million square feet of space.    “CES is all about innovation and leveraging next-generation technologies,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president,… more
Jan 09, 2015
The Consumer Electronic Association’s partnered with Radius Networks at the 2015 CES show last week on a new navigation system for attendees, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. The navigation system, which was accessible through the CES app, provided attendees with directions to exhibit locations within CES Tech West and Tech East.  In total, the navigation system covered an estimated four million square feet of space.    “CES is all about innovation and leveraging next-generation technologies,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president,… more
Jan 09, 2015
In the past few weeks, our inboxes have been inundated with predictions and trends for 2015.  At a2z, we have tuned in to what the experts are saying, and a picture is emerging of the shape that content sharing and marketing will take in 2015. Previously Content was King, but if this was still the case, then we would have many, way too many, rulers. 2015 will require brand owners to not only share content with target audiences, but also present it in a way that breaks through the clutter. Four ways to make your content count that will be big this year: 1.Video Video is easier and faster… more
Jan 08, 2015
The good news is that of companies polled for UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry’s 14th Global Barometer Survey, the majority of them have seen positive turnover since 2011. However, 41 percent of those surveyed didn’t think the worldwide economic crisis was over as of yet. In addition, while there were profits in 2014, less than one company out of two saw annual profits rise more than 10 percent. “In a globally fragile economic environment, the exhibition industry continues to demonstrate a fairly good performance, except in some countries with specific current issues,”… more