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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
Laura Van Zeyl
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the nation’s number of 60W sockets to be somewhere around 971 million, the majority of those being used in homes. Symbolically, the first phase of Energy Independence and Security Act... 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
As adept as the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) has become at navigating the legislative landscape of Washington, D.C., I’m glad that the organization has stopped short of mirroring the modus operandi of today’s partisan... 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
After more than 20 years of covering the home furnishings market, my travel itineraries had become fairly reliable. I knew roughly when to expect a market to fall — or in the case of the High Point Market Authority, exactly... 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

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