Blogs

Nicole Bowling
I recently had the privilege of attending my first international lighting show, Light + Building, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany, March 30 through April 4. This amazing and enormous bi-annual exhibition is the world’... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Leading indicators are pointing to a favorable spring 2014 High Point Market this week. For example, our hotel room rates went up more than 20 percent compared to October 2013 and reasonable flights were harder to come by.... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
ABM, the Association of Business Information & Media Companies, has been presenting its Jesse H. Neal Awards for 60 years. Considered the Pulitzer Prize of trade journalism, the Neal Awards always seemed like the type of... read more
Nicole Bowling
I’ve never actually set foot in New York’s Javits Convention Center — I made an attempt in February for the winter edition of NY NOW but was thwarted by the weather and the biggest sporting event of the year (Super Bowl... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Last month, I participated in the second-ever CEO Summit, held at the tail end of the winter Las Vegas Market and sponsored by International Market Centers and Eller Enterprises. The two-day event was aimed at C-level... read more
Nicole Bowling
With trade show season in full swing, Laura Van Zeyl assigned me to write my first newsletter column about my inaugural visit to the Las Vegas Market — an industry badge of honor, if I do say so myself. I was told that this... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Despite lingering confusion about the new start date (Wednesday versus Thursday, and now ending on Sunday instead of Monday), this month’s Dallas Market was deemed a success by most folks I talked to. Dallas Market Center... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I’m eager to get to the Dallas Market. And it’s not just because my home in Chicago is currently engulfed in the “polar vortex” and I’m looking to improve my latitude. No, the warmth I seek is more along the lines of... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Twas the night before Dallas and all through the Mart, Exhibitors’ sales meetings were ready to start. New products were hungIn their showrooms with careWith hopes that the buyersWould all soon be there. It’s always so... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Unless you’ve been living under Pantone® 14-0002 Pumice Stone, you probably know by now that the color authority’s official 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224), which the organization describes as an “... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Based on the accelerated speed of his selection and “confirmation hearings,” I know I’m not the only one who is absolutely thrilled with the appointment of Eric Jacobson as the new President of the American Lighting Assn. (... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
In late 2009, my team discussed with our friends at the Dallas Market Center (DMC) how we might jointly be able to show some love to lighting stores who were still taking quite a business beating at that time. After all,... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Last week’s High Point Market continued the positive energy permeating 2013 shows, even if unprecedented traffic patterns surprised some, confused others and disappointed a few exhibitors. The lessons I took away from these... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Having only completed two quarters of compulsory economics courses while studying journalism at Northwestern, I’m hardly qualified to comment on the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling crisis. But these stories are... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The 2013 Showroom of the Year Award winners represent a variety of successful approaches to retailing, but they share an ability to tell their story, making the passion for what they do relatable — and even contagious — for... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Kudos to the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) and the 2013 ALA Conference Committee on hosting a successful event on every level at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Austin, TX. More than 550 people participated... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I have this fantasy that our readers eagerly scour their mail with each new month’s arrival in anticipation of the latest issue of Residential Lighting. Even if that’s not actually the case, I wanted to give everyone a heads... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
We were thrilled to be awarded a 2013 Silver TABBIE Award for Best Use of Social Media earlier this year from Trade Association Business Publications Intl.. Judges declared us “strong on every social media platform” and I... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I attended the NY NOW show over the weekend, which is a rebrand of the New York Intl. Gift Fair, now taglined The Market for Gift + Lifestyle. The new floor plan organization was appreciated by all of the buyers I met, and I... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
It has been refreshing to experience renewed optimism and a vibrant energy at all of the industry events I have attended so far this year, but the most dramatic comeback I witnessed had to be the Las Vegas Market. After... read more

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