ASD Market Week opened today! Here are the must-see events and new developments on the show floor from Day 1! Source Direct’s Opening Ceremony, products you may have missed, Independent Retailer Conference, and retail marketing tips.
Source Direct’s Opening Ceremony – South Hall Lower Level
SourceDirect at ASD Market Week, which connects international manufacturing suppliers with domestic importers and distributors, kicked off in grand style this morning with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. Source Direct’s Factory Matchmaking desk made it easier than ever for our attendees to find the perfect suppliers.
Helping to celebrate the start of the show, Karalynn Sprouse – ASD Market Week’s Executive Vice President – welcomed exhibitors, retailers, and ASD’s management team by cutting a celebratory ribbon to kick off the next four days of ASD Market Week. Remember: Source Direct is now in the South Hall, Lower Level.
Merchandise and Vendor Trends from Day 1 – Do Pay These Vendors a Visit
From festival fashion to steam punk, here are the top fashion, accessories, gift, and novelty product trends spotted on Day 1 of ASD Market Week. The verdict is in: there’s something for everyone!
Start-up Arena – North Hall
A curated selection of exhibitors who have already been featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” (so they already have some serious visibility!). We paid these “battle-hardened” vendors a visit to look at their top-notch selection of Gift, Toy, Home, and Novelties.
Culture + at ASD – South Hall, Lower Level
This new show within a show is all about HIGHER margins. Much higher.
ASD’s Retail Marketing and Amazon Selling Seminars (What We Learned)
ASD kicked off 4 days of free e-commerce, Amazon selling, and retail strategy sessions with the following can’t-miss talks:
New Buyer Orientation – Room N245
Sunday, March 19, 8:00AM – 8:45PM
Amy Sadikoff, ASD Market Week Buyer Concierge Manager, ASD Mercedes Gonzalez, CEO, Global Purchasing Companies
ASD is a big show and this packed 8 a.m. talk gave first-time buyers and online sellers step-by-step advice and tools to efficiently make the most of it. Catch it again on Mon, March 19 – 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM.
Sunday, March 19, 10:00AM – 10:45AM
Travis Ross of the Reseller Conference gave us the essential tools to get started on Amazon. We learned the difference between MSSKU, FNSKU, FBM, MAP, OA (online arbitrage), and RA (retail arbitrage).
“Amazon has become the Google of products – that’s why it’s so powerful.”
– Travis Ross, Amazon 101 talk
Welcome to Treasure Hunters at ASD! Amazon FBA and Beyond – Room S231
Sunday, March 19, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Katharyne Shelton of Blue Sky Curate and Create taught all about Amazon FBA and what makes for a winning Amazon product – and how to either create or find them at trade shows.
A Buyer’s Intro Guide to Source Direct: How to Shop the Show – Source Direct floor
Sunday, March 19, 1:15PM – 2:00PM
The very busy Mercedes Gonzalez taught us the ins and outs of navigating the premier sourcing show in the U.S. Catch her again in Source Direct on Monday, March 20 at 12:30PM for her talk, “From Clicks to Bricks – How to Go from Online to Brick and Mortar.”
The Independent Retailer Conference (IRC) Location: The Grand Lobby
Founded by Retail Minded’s publisher and Forbes columnist, Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, The Independent Retailer Conference (IRC) takes place inside ASD’s Grand Lobby.
IRC presents free short retail, social media, and mobile commerce strategy sessions each day of the show for our attendees! Here are some highlights from today;
Driving Traffic to Your Brick & Mortar Store via Email – presented by email expert Jason Holladay
Think Like a Brand, Act Like a Retailer – by the always engaging Kizer and Bender
Speaker Highlights Tomorrow
Building a 7-figure Brand on Amazon in 12 months or Less
Monday, March 20, 10:00AM – 10:45 AM – Room N245
From Clicks to Bricks – How to Go from Online to Brick and Mortar
Monday, March 20, 12:30PM – 1:30PM – Source Direct, South Hall Lower Level
Ask the Experts! The Ultimate Q&A Panel on Sourcing and Importing
Monday, March 20, 2:00PM – 2:30PM – Source Direct, South Hall Lower Level
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