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Solid State of the Gift and Home Industry Fuels Vibrant Las Vegas Market

September 27, 2018 No Comments

Strong Buyer Traffic, Increased Order Writing and New Product Introductions Set the Stage for Successful Summer Market
Fifty-four new permanent showrooms, several major expansions, nearly 150 new-to-market exhibitors and numerous show-only specials attracted enthusiastic United States and international buyers to the last Las Vegas Market, supporting a strong gift and home industry with product introductions, trending designs and West Coast exclusives.

“Buyers at Summer Market were here to buy,” said Robert J. Maricich, CEO for International Market Centers. “Summer is typically a bit slower than Winter, but with the industry growing at 3-4 percent, a strong housing market and year-over-year retail sales growth for home and gift, manufacturers took advantage of the positive state of the industry and rolled out new products to entice buyers to fill their assortments for the coming season. Those that did, had a great market.” 

Gift Showrooms Address Popular Consumer Picks
New Gift exhibitors aligned with key retail trends and focused on in-demand categories including gourmet, housewares, stationery, personal care and spa, seasonal, handmade and artisanal.  More than 750 Housewares resources were available at Summer Market, highlighted by a debut demonstration program as well as product launches by Le Creuset, Viabella, among others. 

 “Our opening day was up 39 percent in sales,” said Kyle Camp, president of K&K Interiors. “We pre-booked 1,200-plus appointments.”

Temporaries Provide Launching Pad and West Coast Solution for Up-and-Comers
Temporary home décor and gift exhibitors in the Pavilions noted positive buyer response to product resources offered in several key categories including Handmade, Design Home, Home and Discoveries, an antique and vintage furnishings buyers’ destination. 

Buyers Laud Cross-Category Buying and One-Stop Shopping  
Retailers and designers’ ability to buy across all styles and price points of home furnishings and gifts positions Las Vegas Market to cater to an evolving retail landscape that features lifestyle product selections incorporating each category. 

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      – Beth Rich, Zoo Superintendent, Tautphaus Park Zoo, Idaho Falls, ID

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      – Nancy Cole, gift shop manager, Booth Society, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, Spearfish, S.D.

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      Heather Mohorn, Momo’s Tree House, Philadelphia, Pa.

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      Susan Michener, Admission/Gift Shop Manager,  The Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, Ala.

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      Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild, Her Majesty’s English Tea Room, Dunlap, Ill

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      Steve Fegley, Director of Retail Operations, the Science Museum of Minnesota

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      Marifrances Trivelli,
      director and store buyer,  Los Angeles Maritime Museum,  San Pedro, Calif.