Nursery Today magazine

ABC Kids Expo focuses on roots

It's a busy and exciting time for All Baby & Child Corporation as they prepare for the 11th Annual ABC Kids Expo

In case you haven't heard, North America's premier juvenile products trade show is coming back to the Las Vegas Convention Center on October 15 - 18, with plans for several new features.

Hotels and businesses near the convention center and along the Las Vegas strip are already gearing up to welcome back an anticipated crowd of nearly 14,000 buyers and sellers of the latest baby products and services.

Exhibit space is filling quickly, with high demand in popular areas like the New Product Showcase, Modern Child Pavilion, Naturally Kids Pavilion, and Maternity Square Pavilion & Runway. An exciting addition this year is the Invention Connection, which will feature brand new products that are still in prototype stage or ready for production.

ABC Kids Expo attracts attendees and exhibitors from all over the world, with over 65 countries represented at last year's show. 

Two international pavilions will debut at this year's show with overseas manufacturers wishing to introduce new products to the U.S. market. 

The UK Pavilion is being hosted by Harrogate Nursery Fair, the largest juvenile products trade show in Great Britain, in partnership with the Baby Products Association (BPA). The China Pavilion is being hosted by CBME (Children-Baby-Maternity Expo), one of the world's largest juvenile product shows and part of the UBM global event network.

Through this alliance with Harrogate/BPA and CBME, All Baby & Child has hosted its first annual North American Pavilions at the UK and China shows in 2013, giving interested ABC exhibitors an unparalleled entry-level opportunity to reach both of these important international markets with minimal expense and maximum reward. 

Since All Baby & Child was founded back in March 2003, the main objective and purpose of the corporation has been to act as a business league that helps organize and conduct trade shows for the benefit of juvenile product manufacturers, specialty store retailers, distributors and manufacturers' representatives of juvenile products. 

With more than 900 exhibitors utilizing 3,500+ booths in nearly one million square feet of exhibit space, All Baby & Child rightfully takes pride in the fact that the ABC Kids Expo is one of the fastest growing trade shows in the nation, has won numerous awards, and currently ranks 38th among the 100 largest trade shows in North America according to Trade Show Executive. 

All Baby & Child recognizes that the time and expense of attending a show this large can sometimes be a hardship for the independent specialty store owners at the heart of our industry.

For this reason, they established the ABC Spring Educational Conference & Trade Show (ABC SEC), the first annual event designed exclusively for the juvenile specialty store market. The 6th Annual ABC SEC will take place at Walt Disney World Florida on May 20 - 22, 2014.

The ABC SEC offers small business owners a chance to get tips from top marketing and industry speakers on how to succeed in this evolving marketplace, learn about hot topics and trends, and participate in peer-to-peer discussions of best practices. They also have plenty of time to network with fellow buyers, retailers, manufacturers and trade media at receptions, luncheons and refreshment breaks. 

A big plus is that they get to meet with key suppliers whose products and offerings at the SEC's 'ballroom-size' trade show are designed specifically for independent retailers.

Brixy, the trade association for independent specialty stores, hosts many of the educational components for this event. 

For more information about All Baby & Child Corporation, its trade shows and international show pavilions, or its philanthropic efforts, visit or call the ABC Hotline at (210) 691-4848.

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