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Bright Lights, Big City: Great finds at Global Shop 2012


March 27, 2012

Tips from merchandising guru, Ali Levy,

Global Shop is an annual trade show that caters to the design, operations, branding and visual merchandising sectors of the retail world. The show also offers a slew of conferences that boast an impressive line-up of speakers from the world of retail. Global Shop is a great show to attend if you want to hear about mega trends in visual merchandising (brick and mortar retail needs to be a head-to-toe experience, the value of service and expertise trumps just assistance) or are just looking for mannequins that suit your store’s overall aesthetic. But there’s more….much more! Looking for an eight foot inflatable snowman? Or how about a life sized “virtual assistant,” created by a company called Tensator, that provides “…the next generation in digital signage.” It’s a digital image of a person who talks to you. Or how about hangers made from recycled cardboard? Global Shop provides some hits and misses but overall is never dull and a worthwhile visit. It had been a while since I had attended the show, and the thought of heading to sunny Las Vegas for a few days was reason enough to attend. In this month’s newsletter, I’m going to share some highlights I discovered trolling the aisles of the Sands Expo Center.

Space saving display options
I was so excited to find these rotating bins. Yes I am a geek. They are called Rotabin’s and are manufactured by Durham MFG. They come in 20 different size configurations not to mention bright colors, besides the standard gray.  These bins provide enormous display options in a relatively small footprint for all of those items that may be clogging your cash wrap and beyond.  The outer edges of each shelf provide a spot for price tags to be inserted.

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