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Laura Van Zeyl
One of the most interesting trends at this month’s Lightfair in Las Vegas was a pronounced shift in how some LED lighting is now being developed and marketed. Along with familiar performance metrics like efficacy and life... read more
Nicole Bowling
“Yes, I’d like a triple venti sugar-free, non-fat, no-foam, extra caramel, with whip caramel macchiato.” Say that three times fast. Oh, you can? We are entrenched in an era of retail mass customization, where personalized... read more
Nicole Bowling
The June Dallas Market is right around the corner — June 18-21 — so if you haven’t made travel plans yet, here’s your reminder. Something to keep in mind: Instead of the historic Thursday-Monday date pattern in January and... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
About 100 people attended the 2014 ART Conference, May 1-4 at Paradise Point in San Diego. A remarkable 40 of those were new attendees, and I was pleased to see a few lighting showrooms among them. This annual event for ART... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Although I must say I’ve become quite fond of El Vez restaurant in Philadelphia, not to mention the über-convenient-to-the-Convention-Center Reading Terminal Market, I was pleased to hear that Lightfair 2015 would be... read more
Nicole Bowling
At the beginning of April, the Residential Lighting team traveled to High Point, NC, for the spring market, which had an early date pattern compared to years past. Although the halls didn’t seem as crowded, that shouldn’t... read more
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
When we first approached the Dallas Market Center team about partnering to produce the Showroom of the Year Awards, it was 2009. An inhospitable housing market and an uncooperative economy had our industry in a merciless... 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
Nicole Bowling
When the discussion of a Canadian-themed issue came about, I wasn’t sure if it was my novice side rearing its head or if I was actually onto something. The idea was sparked by a conversation I had with a Canadian retailer at... 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
Laura Van Zeyl
A recent post from lighting designer and blogger James Bedell lamented that Pinterest was ruining kitchen lighting design. By showcasing beautiful images of these rooms generously bathed in full daylight or studio shots of... 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
We pride ourselves on being fairly social media savvy. We’ve even won an international media award in 2013 for our work on a variety of platforms. But when someone asked us in late 2013 if we were on Snapchat, I was taken... 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

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