ASD Market Week Welcomes New Vendors, Long Time Exhibitors & Retailers | Day 1 March 2015
ASD Market Week welcomed retailers from all over the world as their trade show floor doors opened March 1, 2015, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Merchants came ready to discover new inventory and trends, as well as planned to meet with existing vendors and gain valuable insight from industry leaders through the variety of education that ASD offers their attendees.
This is my first time at ASD Market Week, and I’m loving it,” shared Illinois based Cathy Wagner.
Joining in Wagner’s enthusiasm were thousands of other attendees, anxious to hit the floors of ASD. Retail Minded spent Day 1 discovering some new additions to the show floor – all of whom offer exciting products for retailers to bring back to their stores. Check out some of Retail Minded’s favorite finds from Day 1 below.
“We created the BottleBand to turn any bottle into a handheld bottle,” shares Nick Hancey, founder and inventor of the BottleBand. The BottleBand stretches to fit any sized bottle – whether it’s a kids favorite sippie cup or a Thermos water bottle or a 16 oz generic water bottle. Designed as a one-size-fits all construction, the BottleBand can also be tightened by pulling the circular bands apart to fit any hand size. Plus – as if all this wasn’t cool enough already – the BottleBand is extremely mobile, and once you’ve finished your water you can simply throw your disposable bottle away, put the band on your wrist or tuck it in a bag and simply go on with your way. Possibly the best part, however, is that the cost is affordable at only $6 average MSRP. Your mark-up as a retailer? Even better! Visit BottleBand at ASD at Booth #SL4053 and visit them online at BottleBand.net.
Created by dads, approved by moms and adored by kids, we are in love with Soapsox! It’s likely you have heard of them already thanks to their Shark Tank fame, but either way you will be hearing of them a lot more as many retailers are bringing Soapsox to their store shelves. Founded by dad to be (at the time) Ray Phillips, Phillips was working as a Program Director at a residential treatment facility with children who have experienced trauma. Ray found that one of the most difficult times of the day was bath time – causing children to cry, argue and even attempt to hide to avoid taking a bath. After repeated struggles with one child who could not part with his favorite stuffed animal to bathe, Phillips came up with the idea of modifying a stuffed animal so that it would hold soap. As a result? The child agreed to bathe… and more importantly, did so with ease and less stress. Phillips realized there was no product like his creation and decided to bring it to life… and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. A Shark Tank stint (they turned down an offer!) and continued hard work has paid off. Soapsox is on it’s way to taking over the washcloth for kids! Curious to learn more? Check them at ASD Market Week (Booth #SL1407) and visit their website at SoapSoxKids.com.
Soapsox for kids… Blendtique for adults. This 21 and over product is a new concept that allows everyday consumers to create their own wine blends from the comfort of their homes. Blend, experiment, taste and even package wines created by yours truly (that’s you!) and share the love with your customers, as well. Sold in kits that come with an authentic wooden wine crate and contains four carefully selected single varietal wines, an Erlenmeyer flask, a measuring pipette and a robust instruction guide, this is bound to become a best seller in your store. Discover more by visiting the Blendtique team at ASD Market Week (Booth #SL3542) and visit Blendtique.com for more information.
Red Cup Living
How many times have you drank out of a red Solo cup (or insert any brand name here) and then tossed it away? Countless, we’re sure. Finally, however, you can use your favorite “red cup” again and again and again thanks to Red Cup Living. Exhibiting for the first time at ASD Market Week, Red Cup Living is a lifestyle company that pays homage to the American party icon – a cultural staple, as they say – the famous “red” cup. Kate and Mike – the founders – brought Red Cup Living to life after a front patio “party” that they routinely have every Friday night at their home. Inspired to bring people together, to have fun and to create memories, Red Cup Living offers a variety of styles and colors… not just red, though that is their most popular… in resuable, dishwasher safe, break-resistent and BPA free products. From 18 oz. cups to 24 oz. cups with lids and straws to margarita style cups to sippy cups, mugs, insulated tumblers and more, there is something for everyone. Looking for a fun and nostalgic new addition to your store? Look no further. Visit Red Cup Living at Booth #SL337 and online at RedCupLiving.com.
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