Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) is billed as the world’s gathering place for anyone and everyone in the business of consumer technologies. The International CES attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

Each year, the International CES showcases more than 3,500 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. It also hosts a conference program with 250 sessions and more than 150,000 attendees from more than 140 countries.

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It’s never been easier for customers to get what they want: from the Internet to social media to mobile and, of course, in-store, shoppers can purchase virtually anything they want anytime from anywhere. As a result of this multichannel approach, retailers now have access to a vast pool of customer data that hasn’t existed until fairly recently.

By analyzing this data, retailers can better predict consumer behavior and respond in real time to consumers’ individual needs.

Tailgate1The only show of its kind to target its markets, the eighth annual Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, Jan. 16 to 18 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, will have a number of new features. This year’s show floor will have a new look, including The Fashion Zone – where exhibitors can showcase their latest apparel and accessories – and The Tailgate Zone, which is reserved for exhibitors with non-licensed tailgating merchandise.

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Plugging In To What Electronics Buyers Care About

The retailing of consumer electronics products in the U.S. is expected to top $211 billion in revenue in 2014, with 2 percent growth over 2013, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

Consumerism of many popular devices has seen dramatic growth. Smartphone usage has increased from 46 percent in September 2013 to 65 percent in September 2014. Tablet computer ownership has grown from 36 percent to 45 percent in that same time period, and even e-reader device ownership (which largely competes with tablets) saw an increase from 25 percent to 28 percent.

Outdoor1The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014, Jan. 22 to 25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, will bring together retailers, manufacturers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of outdoor recreation.

From small shops and regional chains to the largest national and international retailers, Outdoor Retailer attracts buyers and senior-level decision makers who are looking for outdoor-specific products. The show helps them find services, brands, fresh ideas, apparel launches and outdoor innovations. Also at the show are companies that sell outdoor apparel and equipment, climbing technology, footwear, ski mountaineering, camping, backpacking, cycling, water sports, rescue, outerwear, yoga and fitness gear and accessories.

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