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Off-the-Shoulder Look Makes Last Stand at New York Fashion Expo

8 Aug 2019

While the perennial cold-shoulder style was finally seen as heading for the exit door at this year's Project Womens event, florals remained as in demand as ever and there seemed to be something of a g...Read More


Unicorns and Mom-and-Me Outfits Dominate US Kids Clothing Expo

5 Aug 2019

Despite their best efforts, mermaids can't replace unicorns in the affections of young ladies across the US, while matching mum-and-daughter ensembles still outsell dad-and-lad combos, according to ex...Read More


Smart Home Tech and Smart Inventors Dominate US Hardware Expo

26 July 2019

With more gadgets than ever before now linkable into smart residential networks, this was a huge growth area at the National Hardware Show, although there was still space for the odd visionary to wow ...Read More


Real vs Synthetic Debate Reveals Deep Divide in US Diamond Industry

17 July 2019

With artificially-produced diamonds taking up more acreage than ever before at this year's prestigious JCK Las Vegas jewellery expo, opinions as to their merits compared to their conventional counterp...Read More


Bold Acquisitions Show Confidence Remains in High St Toy Retailers

4 June 2019

With both the Early Learning Centre toy retail chain and Hamleys, the UK's most iconic toy shop, having recently been acquired, the ambition and investment plans of their new owners suggests high stre...Read More


Quality and Local Ties Seen as Key to Success in US Franchise Market

20 May 2019

Whether operating escape rooms, home delivering pet food or making gardens easier to manage, maintaining quality control and winning over the local community are essential, according to exhibitors at ...Read More


Tech vs Tactile: Digital and Traditional Toys Slug It Out at NY Show

9 May 2019

While some exhibitors looked to appeal to parents by piquing their children's interests in science and coding, other companies attending this year's New York Toy Show hoped to capitalise on the disill...Read More


Slime, Squishy Corgis and Construction Toys Top US Impulse-Buy List

8 May 2019

Even amid the plethora of merchandise on show at this year's more extensive than ever Las Vegas-set ASD Market Week, certain items – noisy putty and pooch-motifed headrests – managed to achieve a surp...Read More


'Rich Experiences Delivered Simply' Proves Mantra for US Home Expo

29 April 2019

Bold colour combinations, AI-enabled gadgets, innovative solutions for male home aloners, digital care assistants for the elderly and a host of other sparkling innovations were all on offer at the 201...Read More


Domestic and Overseas Exhibitors Revel in Upbeat Las Vegas Market

11 April 2019

With all talk of tariffs seemingly shunted to the sidelines, the sentiment at the Winter 2019 Las Vegas Market was notably on the positive side, with the 50,000 gathered furniture, home decor and gift...Read More


Automated Systems Suppliers Struggling to Meet Booming US Demand

1 April 2019

Staff shortages, rapid reshoring and the expansion of the US economy have all combined to spur a surge in demand for enhanced automated systems in many North American industries, according to exhibito...Read More


3D Printing Technology Boldly Going Beyond Prototyping Pigeonhole

28 March 2019

Industry now accepts that 3D printers are capable of more than churning out prototypes, according to exhibitors at the Minneapolis Design and Manufacturing Show, with the latest systems capable of del...Read More


High Demand for Branded Cannabis Items at US Promotional Gifts Expo

12 March 2019

With cannabis newly legalised in many US states, there was a rush to supply dispensaries with branded giveaways at the Promotional Products Association International Expo, while many less controversia...Read More


Tariff Talk Concerns Cast Shade Over Largest US Fashion Showcase

26 Feb 2019

While this year's Winter Magic event had lost none of its usual vibrancy, attendees remained preoccupied with the ongoing China-US trade talks, with many concerned as to just what "no deal" would mean...Read More


Mock-Meat Beats AI to be Most-Talked-About Innovation at CES 2019

22 Jan 2019

While AI-enabled smart speakers, walking rescue vehicles and heli-cars all jostled for attention at this year's CES, the world's biggest consumer technology expo, it was high-quality counterfeit cow-i...Read More


Vendors Left Uncomfortable by Slow Sales of Comfortable Clothing

11 Jan 2019

While consumers were clearly putting comfort wear at a premium at the Dallas-held Apparel & Accessories Market, many exhibitors were left distinctly ill-at-ease by the unwillingness to spend demonstra...Read More


US Businesses Hit Out as Trump Tariffs Impact Import-Reliant Sectors

18 Dec 2018

Far from bringing jobs back to the US, while adversely affecting overseas manufacturers, the ongoing US-China trade dispute is driving down exports from domestic manufacturers and challenging the viab...Read More


Brexit, Black Friday and Toys R Not Us: The Toy Fair Season Looms

7 Dec 2018

With the Big Four shows that constitute the 2019 Toy Fair Season already waiting in the wings, it's time to brush up on all those issues that are certain to dominate showroom chat and exhibition stand...Read More


Connectivity Is New Beacon of Hope for LED-Saturated Lighting Sector

5 Dec 2018

With LED power-saving technology now fairly ubiquitous, many lighting industry players at Chicago's LFI Lightfair were looking to connectivity as a way to deliver more value to customers as part of th...Read More


Can Shark Toothbrushes or Stay-On Socks Topple the Mighty Unicorn?

26 Nov 2018

Replacing the ubiquitous unicorn in the affections of the under-fives was the aim of many exhibitors at this year's ABC Kids Expo, but could the one-horned wonder still outshine all the cuddly lemurs ...Read More

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