10 Not to Miss Experiences at the Upcoming ASD Show
The nation’s largest consumer trade show – the ASD Show – is just around the corner, and Retail Minded has unveiled 10 not to miss experiences for all attendees of the show to check out!
#1: NEW EXHIBITORS
With 2,500 exhibitors to choose from among the categories of jewelry, accessories, home decor, health, beauty and much more, 350 of those are BRAND NEW to ASD! Be on the look out for fold out maps available for attendees to see who these newbies are, ensuring you don’t miss any great new additions to the ASD Show. Want a sneak peak now? Check out ASD’s just released exhibitor preview here!
#2: EXPANDED LICENSING SECTION
Whether your customers love Elvis, Hello Kitty or the NFL, you’re sure to find some great licensed product in ASD’s newly expanded licensing section. Located in the South Hall in Aisles SL3800 – SL4200 on the lower level, discover gifts, apparel, collectibles, tailgate, home decor and more. Plus there will be a lounge within this area with TVs and games… a welcomed way to gain some R&R during your busy days!
#3: SPEED STACKERS
With so many vendors to discover, we couldn’t help but highlight one of our favorites. Among them include Speed Stackers, a junior Olympic sport (for real) that has sold over 48 million stacker sets. Not only are these fun and engaging, they make great products to demo in your stores… which is exactly what ASD will be doing in the Lucky Spot Lounge everyday from 2 to 3, sponsored by DM Merchandising. Be sure to check this out!
#4: INDEPENDENT RETAILER CONFERENCE
New to ASD this year and making their trade show debut, the Independent Retailer Conference invites you to learn from industry leaders and retail experts that include representatives from Shopify, SnapRetail, Vend POS, Constant Contact, ShoppinPal and more. Located near registration in the Grand Hobby of Central Hall, the Independent Retailer Conference at ASD will host mini learning sessions throughout each day of the ASD Show, as well as deliver 10 breakout sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Engage, learn and connect with retail experts – all brought to ASD in an effort to help you make your store the best it can be! For a full schedule of sessions, click here.
#5: SOURCE DIRECT
Looking to source product? SOURCE DIRECT from ASD will showcase over 250 manufacturers from top countries that include China, India, Africa, Mexico and more. Whether you want fashion accessories, home decor, souvenirs, bedding & bath, or novelty, SOURCE DIRECT can help!
#6: CASH & CARRY JEWELRY
Retailers who are looking for some immediate buys to bring back to their stores can do just that in the Cash & Carry Jewelry section of the ASD Show. From fun to fine, there are price points and styles for all retailer and customer needs. Plus, be sure to check out the addition of the Handmade Pavillion within the Cash & Carry space that features hand crafted jewelry and accessories from around the world.
#7: OUTDOOR LOUNGE
Whether you’re flying in from the cold east coast or driving into Vegas from sunny California, everyone can appreciate an outdoor lounge in the middle of a trade show. Located in ASD’s popular SMOKE section, the outdoor lounge will also welcome product sampling for attendees testing out products from SMOKE exhibitors. An indoor lounge is also available in this section.
#8: ONLINE SHOW PLANNER
With so much to do, ASD aims to make sure show attendees can plan accordingly to get everything they want to done on their ASD Show to-do-list. To help? An online show planner that registered buyers receive via email with a link to their personal profile and ASD Show details. Create a walking map for the show, add companies you want to see, identify sessions you don’t want to miss and communicate with vendors directly with this easy to use planner.
#9: CLOSING NIGHT PARTIES
ASD invites all show attendees to celebrate the closing night of the show by attending a Happy Hour at the new LAVO Lounge at the Palazzo Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, March 18th, from 6 to 8 pm. Drinks are 2 for 1 and light fare is available for purchase. Extend your closing night celebration by returning to LAVO at 11 pm for a well open bar from 11 to midnight, where VIP entry is free with your ASD badge and event pass. Passes available at the Show Office in the South Hall, Upper Level, Room S224.
#10: GLOBALSHOP 2014 & COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE
GlobalShop, the world’s largest visual merchandising and in-store marketing show, welcomes all ASD attendees to their 2014 show taking place March 18-20 at the Mandalay Convention Center. Get complimentary expo floor admission to GlobalShop simply by showing your ASD badge to the registration counter at GlobalShop. Discover 650+ industry suppliers offering retail design, store fixturing, visual merchandising and in-store solutions at GlobalShop, plus meet “Independent Retailer Friendly” highlighted exhibitors at GlobalShop. As an added bonus, attendees can easily get from ASD to GlobalShop via a complimentary shuttle provided by GlobalShop. To get shuttle hours and learn more, visit here.
For additional ASD Show information and to register for the March 2014 show, visit asdonline.com.