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Who Doesn’t Love Shoes?

  
  
  
describe the image     It’s high time for the dreaded spring/summer cleaning and a good opportunity to make space in the closet for much needed new shoes! Whether sandals, sneakers, loafers, boots, flats or high heels, this season has hip footwear for everyone. People are as individual as their shoes and want to stand out from the crowd.
    

Not only women are looking for the trendiest style but more and more men are getting bored with buying the same shoes just because its “easy” and kids are definitely not shy about letting their parents know what they want – a challenge for retailers who have to continually update their inventory to fit their customer’s tastes.

The perfect place to see what the next season has in store is GDS - Global Destination for Shoes and Accessories, showcasing the latest shoes styles and accessories from July 30 – August 1, 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With earlier dates and a new concept, GDS will be the kick-off event of the season, featuring product, brand storytelling and shop-in-shop concepts, allowing buyers to get an overview at an early stage to to get all the necessary information for their orders. And the new private label focused event – tag it! will be held concurrently (July 29 – August 1) to address the international manufacturers and resellers of shoes and accessories with a focus on private label production. These two events will be an interesting international meeting place for everyone involved in the footwear sector to see the latest trends, get inspired and exchange ideas with colleagues.

With the revised exhibit hall layout, the upcoming GDS will be especially exciting. Instead of many different segments there will be three big Shopping Worlds: “HIGHSTREET-THE MODERN PULSE”, covering the spectrum from modern and sporty to traditional and wellness-focused and also including kids’ clothing and accessories, “POP UP- THE URBAN GROOVE”, a lively marketplace for trendy street wear and “STUDIO - THE PREMIUM NOTE”, presenting sophisticated shoe fashions from the minimalistic to the glamorous. In each of the three worlds, visitors are also guided through the “Highlight Route” – a defined path that leads them past exhibition stands, special product presentations, fashion shows and events.

In addition to all the returning companies, this new concept attracted many first time exhibitors to GDS and attendees can look forward to the footwear creation by labels such as Lacoste, Gant Footwear, Marc O´Polo and Napapijri Footwear in HIGHSTREET, Replay, Ria Menorca, Velvet Red, Original Penguin and Me & Macs in POP UP and Patrizia Pepe, Barbour Footwear, Porsche Design, Jil Sander Navy and Shades New York in STUDIO. The Brown Shoe Company will also premiere at GDS with their brand Naturalizer.

The fashion city Düsseldorf itself will roll out the red carpet with the new “OUT OF THE BOX” Festival for Footwear and Accessories, inviting GDS and tag it! participants to celebrate along with retailers, restaurants and cultural partners on August 1. From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, fashionistas and shoe fans can enjoy special events and entertainment in Düsseldorf stores and on the city streets. Special exhibitions and lectures, customizing activities and workshops plus events in galleries, bars and offsite locations all all part of the program.

Join the “fashion circus” and experience what the varied, colorful and surprising world of shoes and accessories has to offer. GDS and tag it! are trade only events and free entrance passes can be ordered online at www.gds-online.com and www.tag-it-show.com.

DIBS Redux

  
  
  

Just opening the vault and dusting off an old chestnut here.  This article is a variation of one previously posted after Chicago's "Snowmageddon" of February 2011.  Enjoy!

Perhaps many of you heard this past week that Chicago had a little bit of snow. That is to say, A LOT of snow, followed by what they tell us was a "polar vortex" that sent temperatures plunging to 15F below zero at night with high temperatures in the -5F range during the daytime.  Not only did we end up with about 15-20 inches of the white stuff, we then dealt with 30+ mile per hour wind gusts, snow drifts, and a virtual collapse of commuter rail service. 
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Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune
 

But Chicago is generally prepared and has snow removal down to a science, and now that the temperature is on the rebound for the time being, things are returning more or less to normal.

But on the side streets, it usually takes a couple of days before a snowplow will pay a visit and shove mounds of crusty packed snow up against the vehicles parked along the curb.

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Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune
  Now anyone who lives in our fair city is familiar with the concept of “dibs”.  This tradition goes back years, and some of our grizzled old-timers say it even precedes the notorious blizzard of 1967.  Essentially, before a side street is plowed, or even afterwards, the residents shovel out their own parking spots on the street and then save them by placing whatever expendable junk they happen to have on hand in the space they have just dug out.  

That means the space now belongs to the excavator.  If you park in a saved spot, you may run some unfortunate risks that could eventually involve your car insurance company.

Hence:  DIBS.

At many of our trade shows that occur on a frequent basis, especially an annual show like MEDICA for example, an informal variation of dibs also exists.  The number of companies that return to the show from year to year is high, and there is a relatively brief registration window in which companies can submit their exhibit space applications.  Often the amount of space that is requested at MEDICA far exceeds the amount of space available at the convention center.

Returning exhibitors who submit their applications before the deadline often will get priority consideration for the same space that they had during the previous show, followed then by new-to-show exhibitors who also submitted their applications before the registration deadline.  Many times, exhibitors will request an enlargement of their space, or move to another location if possible.  But of course with 4,000+ exhibitors at MEDICA it all depends on who has returned and who is getting their space back.  Usually the best way to increase your chances of upsizing or relocating is by expressing flexibility about preferred booth dimensions, configuration, or location.

Under all circumstances, Messe Düsseldorf works diligently to try and accommodate everyone’s special requests and space requirements in a fair and equitable manner.

Registration for MEDICA is now open and runs until March 1, but it is strongly encouraged that you submit your completed registration forms well in advance of the deadline.  To request your exhibitor registration materials, simply contact us or visit the show’s website, www.medica-tradefair.com, and get your dibs on a booth at the world’s largest and leading medical industry trade fair!

MEDICA 2013 Blog: Are Doctors Becoming Redundant?

  
  
  

 

“Telecoaching”, “Quantified Self”, “Life Logging” and “Body Tracking” are only a few of the key words for the constantly growing market of eHealth applications. Most of them have been established in the private domain and their functionality is still rather questionable. With the motto “You are your own doctor”, apps and eHealth applications are providing more and more support for patients and physicians are increasingly confronted with this topic.    docs resized 600  

Therefore the question “Are doctors becoming redundant?” will be part of the agenda of the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM. This forum will be part of the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany with more than 4,500 exhibitors (November 20 – 23, 2013). Klaus Juffernbruch of Cisco Systems – Internet Business Solutions Group, will lead the discussion about “Are doctors becoming redundant?” at the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM on Friday, November 22 at 11:00 am (in Forum 1).

MEDICA12 JV14694    In addition to the discussions there will also be the opportunity to check out new apps – with “hands on” approach: The “AppCircus” as part of the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM will give an overview of the current app trends and exemplary applications while the “AppGarden” lets visitors try out various mobile health apps.  

Could a doctor’s visit become a thing of the past? The number of applications for smartphones and tablet PCs that predominantly deal with the topic of health in the private domain is exploding. The A.T. company consultant Kearney has projected that the market for healthcare services with mobile technologies will triple until 2017. It will grow from approximately Euro 900 million in 2012 to Euro three billion in 2017. The most important segment with regard to turnover is hardware (mobile sensors and devices). However, an almost endless number of applications are decisively increasing the value of the devices from the consumer’s perspective.

For detailed information about the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM,  click here.

 

 

 

 

A Question of Perspective

  
  
  

By Nina Wellbrock

Shortly after the recent Labor Day weekend was over, everybody just went back to their routine. Activities like spending time at the beach, enjoying a BBQ with friends or visiting family just flew by quickly. And now everybody is back to reality, complete with traffic jams, too many e-mails and phone calls, grabbing a quick lunch between meetings – there is always too much to do.  But let us ask a question of perspective - how much do we really think about our everyday activities such as picking up the phone, writing an e-mail or setting up a meeting compared to planning a Labor Day weekend? 
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Not much, because to us it’s just normal “procedure”. But for people who come to the international trade fair REHACARE in Dusseldorf, Germany, it does. They are looking for the newest technologies for every aspect which makes life easier for those with special needs, chronic illnesses or requiring care. Their perspective is on the little as well as on the big achievements which helps them with their daily activities and become or stay as independent as possible.

describe the image    With over 30 years of expertise and wide-ranging experience in the market, this trade fair is an ideal information platform for anyone with disabilities or chronic conditions as well as for the elderly. The quality and diversity of REHACARE are reflected in the numerous „theme parks“, information events, industry representatives, service providers.  

Over 700 national and international exhibitors will present a combination of product demonstrations and complex system solutions as well as a wide range of information in form of seminars and workshops in addition to the theme parks.

For more information about everything to see and discover at REHACARE 2013, visit http://www.rehacare.com/

Shoes and Cocktails - What a Nice Combination!

  
  
  
By Nina Wellbrock

When you search for “shoes” on Google, you will get about 812,000,000 results in approximately 0.28 seconds. That’s an indicator of just how huge and popular this industry is and how many people are excited about footwear. Of course it depends on a person’s perspective and intention why they google “shoes”. Does he/she like shopping and writing about the new trends on a blog, is it a kid who is excited about a new pair of sneakers before school starts again, a business man or woman who needs a classy pair of shoes to make a great first impression or someone who is just looking for the perfect fit and comfort for every day?


As a trade buyer you know your customers and their objectives - and there is one place where you will find the latest trends in all footwear segments and answers to every shoe question: GDS 2013 - international event for shoes and accessories and GLOBAL SHOES 2013 - leading trade show for sourcing in Düsseldorf, Germany.    Hall 2 21  

It's the international platform for shoes and accessories attracting over 1,100 exhibitors and around 22,000 trade visitors every season.

Held twice annually, the next staging of GDS will take place soon: from September 11 – 13 2013. And GDS has some outstanding highlights waiting for you – in addition to all the wonderful footwear collections - including the Fashion Shows, where shoes are presented as part of complete outfits. These Fashion Shows take place several times daily and provide you with the most important information for the new season, helping you to order more effectively and better advise your customers.

DesignAttack2013    In the special Design Attack segment with this year’s slogan "BAHAMA MAMA!" about 100 designers and young entrepreneurs will showcase their unusual collections - it’s the trendy place to be at GDS 2013.  

Exhibitors and visitors can enjoy fresh fruit and tasty cocktails at beach bars. The atmosphere at Design Attack invites for a relaxing break during a tight schedule.

You can check out the featured labels, see videos of past shows and register for a free entrance pass at www.gds-online.com.

By the way: if you search for “Bahama Mama” on Google, you’ll find some awesome cocktail recipes. Let us show you what a great combination shoes and cocktails are!

Discover Your World at CARAVAN SALON 2013

  
  
  

Want To Have Some Fun
on Four Wheels?

All-wheel vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and now is your chance to see why! At this year’s
CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2013 - The No. 1 Show for Motor Homes and Caravans, the special “Off-Road” show will give visitors the opportunity to test drive ATV’s in the outdoor area on a specially built obstacle course.
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If you aren’t that daring, you can opt to be driven as a passenger across an adventure course.  But that wouldn’t be half the fun….

describe the image     And if that’s not enough, the “Dream Tour Cinema” show will whet your appetite for RV travel in exotic locations on four different continents: Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Iran and Pakistan), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor and Vietnam), South America (Iguazu Falls, Andean passes, Atacama Desert), and the U.S. (“Route 66” from Chicago to Los Angeles). So much to see – so little time!
  

 

CARAVAN SALON will be held from August 31 – September 8, 2013 (trade visitor day on August 30) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Overall, some 570 exhibitors from 25 countries will present a wide range of mobile homes and RVs as well as accessories. From small and simple RVs for two people to compact vans and campers, from family RVs and alcove motor homes to luxury motor homes – the possibilities at CARAVAN SALON are virtually unlimited.

Entrance passes can be purchased online at www.caravan-salon.com for 13 Euros (1-day ticket) or 20 Euros (2-day ticket).

Make your next vacation a real adventure - come to CARAVAN SALON and be inspired.

Oh, and enjoy the ride!

From the WORLD OF MEDICA™: MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS 2014

  
  
  

“When will MEDICA establish a foothold in the United States?”

This has actually been a fairly common question overhead often over the years as those in the medical equipment field have pondered their trade show choices in the North American market.  Historically, medical trade shows in the United States have always been primarily divided into events focused on a particular specialized vertical segments of the industry or region they serve.

Conversely, for over 40 years, MEDICA – World Forum for Medicine – has successfully pursued an alternative strategy of assembling medical equipment suppliers and manufacturers from all fields and has become the world’s largest and leading medical industry event, annually featuring around 4,500 exhibitors and attracting on average 130,000+ visitors from around the world.   describe the image
                   The USA Pavilion at MEDICA in Düsseldorf

 

 

After many years and much diligent market research, Messe Düsseldorf North America has now partnered with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) and world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC) to launch the inaugural staging of MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS!  To be held April 28-30, 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA – the WORLD OF MEDICA will finally offer an unprecedented business forum for the North American professional medical community that until now has not been offered in the United States.

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Texas Medical Center in Houston
                                                                                                                              Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world, comprising 14 hospitals and 2 specialty institutions, 3 medical schools, 6 nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy and virtually all health-related careers.  Its 52 member institutions make up a work force of 106,000 and are highly regarded as leaders in their specialties.  

MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS will give attendees the chance to efficiently source a variety of medical products from many sectors, from prevention and diagnostics to therapy and rehabilitation.  The exposition will also provide a platform for business, connecting delegates with the vendors and resources that can accommodate their needs.

While the entire industry spectrum will be represented on the show floor, for the first staging of this trade fair, medical professionals from six key disciplines will be targeted:  Medical Equipment and Device Purchasing, Infection Control, Oncology, Cardiology, Hospital Occupational Health and Safety, and Hospital Disaster Readiness.

The accompanying conference program also promises to provide detailed perspective for the industry, highlighting current and future trends for in-patient and out-patient care.  Content is under development by specialists and faculty members from the Texas Medical Center system, with member institutions including the University of Texas MD Anderson, the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine – all ranked very highly in their respective specialties by U.S. News and World Report.         describe the image
                  George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston
 

But in the meantime, exhibitor registration is now open! 
Visit www.medicalworldamericas.com for details, updates, and all information related to this exciting and promising event!

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Redefined

  
  
  

A few weeks ago there was an absorbing article by New York Times travel columnist Simon Romero, raving about the urban gentrification of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo.

He pointed out in years past that this metropolis of 20 million was intimidating, some areas decaying, and an aura of pervasive poverty and crime. But in the past 10 years, this city named after Saint Paul has undergone an amazing transformation. With the country’s ongoing unparalleled economic expansion, the rapidly expanding middle class has rediscovered the city as a place for living, work, and recreation.   describe the image  

Noticeably, waves of immigrants from elsewhere in the Americas, and from as far away as Europe, Africa, and Asia are making their way in as well to carve their niche into Paulistan society, bringing with them rich heritage and new vigor every society needs to grow and move forward.

This is the perfect metaphor for what has been occurring within the medical industry in Brazil as well. As more and more Brazilians have prospered, the demand for ever better medical care has logically increased as well. Brazil’s market for medical technology grew by almost 18% in 2011 and has achieved a volume of US$ 7.6 billion. In 2011, the importation value of medical equipment and products from abroad was placed at US$ 3.03 billion, over 40% of total consumption!

Hospitalar 2013, International Fair of Products, Equipment, Services and Technology for Hospitals, Laboratories, Pharmacies, Health Clinics and Medical Offices has now for 20 years been the country’s leading international medical trade fair, serving as the perfect platform for overseas companies to enter this thriving and growing market. From the US and Canada alone nearly 60 companies will be on hand presenting their latest technologies and products – of which over a third will participate in the North American Pavilion, organized and produced by Messe Düsseldorf North America.

Annually, Hospitalar has featured around 1,300 exhibitors and enjoyed over 90,000 trade visits – making it not only Latin America’s largest and leading medical industry trade show, but one of the largest in the world.

So why not check out São Paulo and see for yourself all of the exciting developments, not just within the medical sector, but the vibrancy of the city.

And just a tip: If you go there and want one of the most fantastic dining experiences ever, visit Mocoto Restaurante & Cachaçaria. The young chef there, Rodrigo Oliveira, is pushing the envelope of Brazilian cuisine and raising it to new and exciting levels, much like everywhere in Brazil these days.

Cheers! Gan Bay! Kanpai! Gun Bae!

  
  
  

Younger Asian Wine Drinkers Drive Growth in Five Key Markets

According the new “Asia – Opportunities in China and beyond” survey of the British market research institute Wine Intelligence, China will remain the most attractive Asian market for wine exporters in the next five years. But the wine industry should also take advantage of opportunities in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and even Taiwan – the other key Asian countries studied in the report.     describe the image  

The results are based on extensive qualitative and quantitative research with consumers, importers and distributors across Asia. This survey about Asian wine markets was commissioned by Messe Düsseldorf, organizer ProWein, International Trade Fair Wines and Spirits, held annually in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Although all five markets differ substantially - it would be a mistake for the wine industry to consider Asia as a single cultural entity - there are some trends and characteristics that can be observed across the continent. The new ProWein study shows that the trend towards every day, affordable imports is evident across Asia as wine gets away from its image of being purely a luxury product and becomes more attractive to younger consumers. They in particular like wine as part of their lifestyles and show a real interest in understanding it better. The on-trade is often the best way to target these consumers.

describe the image                                China’s spectacular growth is likely to continue due to improved ranges in supermarkets and more affordable pricing. Consumers are associating imported wine with sophistication and wellbeing and the number of imported wine drinkers is expected to increase well beyond the current 19 million.   

In Japan, much of the market growth is being driven by the off-trade, as consumers turn away from the on-trade for economic reasons. Wine is increasingly part of a meal for Japanese families as they embrace more Western-style eating habits. With 47 million regular wine drinkers, Japan is a relatively mature market for wine, with younger consumers regarding wine as a trendy drink and more open to “experiment” than older Japanese wine drinkers.

In South Korea too, growth is coming from younger people. The market has a huge capacity for growth: wine accounts for just 20% of drinks sales and is regarded by many Koreans as a special-occasion beverage. But the market has been growing steadily since 2000, particularly when it comes to Chilean imports and sparkling wines.

Singapore is the smallest of the five markets but the wine industry here is already buoyant, with an increasingly knowledgeable population keen to learn more about wine. Strong brand identity and high volumes are often the key to success in this geographically limited market.

Taiwan is a more problematic market for wine exports than the other Asian countries. There are more barriers facing the wine industry, including a ban on internet sales, high taxes and few English language speakers. The high price of wine and lack of female drinkers are also factors that limit opportunities in Taiwan. But again, younger consumers are showing an interest in wine and helping it to not be regarded as a prestige product.

The upcoming ProWine trade fair in Shanghai (organized by Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai and China International Exhibitions) is the ideal venue to get access to this lucrative Asian wine market. From November 13 - 15, 2013, ProWine China will offer both international and domestic producers of quality wines and spirits a platform, thereby giving Chinese retailers and importers a comprehensive overview and the opportunity for productive business contacts. A diverse supporting program consisting of tastings and seminars will complement the exhibits. With ProWine China, Messe Düsseldorf brings the successful concept of Düsseldorf ProWein to China.

A Great Opportunity for Medical Technology Suppliers

  
  
  

Patients Expect More Personalized Medical Care
for their Money

The health care industry sees medical technology as an especially innovative, promising growth "field". In no other area does the general population welcome the increase in technology more than in modern medical technology. The majority considers developments in preventive medicine, diagnosis and treatment as positive and at the same time, due their ever increasing share of medical expenses, they expect a high degree of therapy benefit and personalized treatment.

The efforts to provide "tailor-made" therapy for patients when it comes to medical technology and medicine will be impressively demonstrated by more than 4,500 exhibitors at the world's largest medical trade fair - MEDICA 2012 (November 14 - 17 in Düsseldorf, Germany) - and the concurrently staged COMPAMED 2012 (November 14 - 16), International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, with over 600 exhibitors.   Medica11 2805J  

The globally unique combination of MEDICA and COMPAMED represents the entire process chain, displaying the complete range of medical products, devices and instruments and show how the close cooperation between suppliers (COMPAMED exhibitors) and "medtech" companies (MEDICA exhibitors) is advancing the development of new procedures, devices and products for personalized patient care.

Stay competitive and attend Compamed and Medica 2012 this November! You will be amazed by all the latest developments for personalized patient care – be it molecular genetic testing, biochip technology, printed electronics or BioMEMS.

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