August 2016 ASD Market Week Recap! Retail Lessons We Learned

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ASD Market Week August 2016 Day 4 was bigger than ever, with retail, e-commerce, and wholesale product trends emerging from across the lifestyle merchandise landscape. Here’s what our attendees and exhibitors said, a look back at retail and product lessons from days 1, 2, and 3 – and a flash forward to ASD Market Week March 19-22, 2017.

What People Are Saying About August 2016 ASD Market Week


The ASD show gets better every time we come! Literally we bought the best selling item of all time for our store at ASD Market Week, this great mug for the St. Louis Zoo for .48 and got great margins since we sold it for $8.95 – we reordered multiple times. Given that we are a Zoo Gift Shop you might be surprised that we shop many other categories like General Merchandise and lots in Jewelry and Cash and Carry because we find unique treasures that are surprise sellers every time. – Tommy Brown, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO

Some people told us to go to LV Market, but we’re really happy we came here! The selection has been great — we spent the whole first day just in North Hall.” – Beth Van Dyke, Cone Flower Boutique

“This show is huge. There’s a lot to see — we’ve found some great stuff.” – Ray Theiss, Central Computer


“We wrote several orders with buyers that saw our banner out front! We saw really different buyers than we see at other Accessories and Gift Shows – we even met with the Amazon team on the first day” – Pedro Rivera, Forever Crystals

“ASD has been a great show for us. It’s a B2B show, so buyers here are qualified. They’re here to conduct business.” – Dewey Altenhofen, The Cousins

Our Speakers

“The reason we attend  ASD and the IRC is to reach retailers that may have no idea that Yelp is such a large part of their business. We love ASD because the audience is filled with eager, motivated retail business owners eager to learn as much as possible – and we get to talk to them face-to-face, which is hugely valuable to Yelp!”

G. G., Manager of Local Business Outreach, Yelp

“Working with ASD as a speaker and educator has been amazing and an absolute honor. We love ASD and are grateful to keep coming back.  It has played a big role in growing our community and has been a catalyst for many of our attendee’s businesses.  It’s always exciting to see people coming back, meeting vendors, having evolved their businesses in leaps and bounds from the previous show.”

Katharyne Shelton, Amazon expert, founder of Blue Sky Suite

A Look Back at Days 1, 2, and 3 – Your ASD Market Week 2016 Recap and insights from all of the on-site retail and online selling talks.

Day 1 ASD Market Week: The Show Kicks Off

Day 2: ASD Market Week: Recap

Day 3: ASD Market Week: Recap

Vape Nights Speaker Education Line-up

Retail education-meets-great, on-trend wholesale product.

“We’ve had more new participating companies and vendors than have ever before in fashion, accessories, electronics, handmade, and our other 19 categories. ASD is unique in that we provide free retail education sessions so our attendees can then bring that knowledge on to the trade show floor to buy low and sell high.”

Camille Candella, VP Marketing, ASD Market Week

Spotted at ASD: The Ultimate Wholesale ASD Market Week Product Trend Recap

If you missed these products and vendors at ASD, definitely get in touch after the show. Crossover buying and “lifestyle merchandising” is the name of the game – this will get your shop or site ready for the holidays!

Fashion Accessories

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Gift & Novelties, Stationery, Home Decor, Desk Accessories

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Smoke, Vape, and E-Juice Accessories

Inside Vape Nights

That’s a wrap! Stay tuned for the next ASD Market Week March 19-22, 2017. Check back in with the ASD Insider for essential post-trade show tips, curated vendors, retail education and much more. Stay in touch, and, on behalf of the entire ASD team, thank you!

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