ASD Las Vegas will add a second conference component to the next edition of its show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Independent Retailer Conference, which typically holds a one-day conference for owners and operators of non-chain retail stores every April in New York, will also stage an edition of the conference during ASD March 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
ASD Marketing Director Camille Candella says it will be in addition to the ASD Show’s existing conference program. At the August edition of the show, ASD Las Vegas had 19 conference sessions spread out over three days.
Last fall’s Independent Retailer Conference in New York had six conference sessions in one day. Retailing consultants Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender will deliver the keynote for the retailer conference and be on hand at an “Ask the Experts” station on the ASD showfloor.
“We’re looking forward to sharing ideas with all sorts of indie retailers,” Bender says. “We can’t wait.”
Independent Retailer Conference Founder Nicole Leinbach Reyhle says its target audience is the individually owned retail store with attendance typically limited to those who own 10 or fewer stores.
The semiannual ASD Las Vegas serves the general merchandise market with many of the attendees being those who own and operate discount retail stores. It typically has a showfloor of about 680,000 net square feet with approximately 25,000 attendees and 2,800 exhibiting companies.
“By attending the ASD Show, we will be able to further reach independent retailers and engage with them,” Leinbach Reyhle says in a statement.
Along with the major Las Vegas shows, ASD (owned by Emerald Expositions) also organizes NYC Wholesale Expo at Jacob K. Javits Center and the Miami Wholesale Expo at the Miami Airport Convention Center, both in September.