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RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS & HEAD WEST TO SHOP THE SFIGF:

NEW RESOURCES, SPECIAL PAIRINGS, OUTDOOR LIVING PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS AWAIT WESTERN REGION RETAILERS AT THE JULY 25-28, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL GIFT FAIR
 

ATLANTA, GA (April 23, 2015) – Moving to Moscone Center’s North Hall for the July 25-28, 2015 edition, the San Francisco International Gift Fair (SFIGF) will showcase its growing assortment of design-led and upscale contemporary merchandise from budding new designers and top name manufacturers. New for July, the SFIGF will expand its Home & Garden product offerings to include a selection of Outdoor Living resources. In addition, the Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares category will feature "Pairings," a special spotlight on regional food, wine and craft beer resources A full range of buyer services and educational offerings round out the show line-up.   

“With the move to Moscone Center’s North Hall, Sunday show floor hospitality and extended hours, as well as our special product spotlights, SFIGF buyers have a lot of exciting changes to look forward to this summer,” says Dirk von Gal, Vice President of Gift, Urban Expositions. “San Francisco, and the state of California itself, are top spots for outdoor friendly activities and year-round entertaining opportunities -- making SFIGF the natural buying destination for Outdoor Living resources.  We see tremendous growth potential for this category and will be setting the stage in July with a soft launch with our Home & Garden section and look to the winter 2016 edition to debut a full Outdoor Living category offering to our west coast retail audience.” 

The July 2015 edition will feature thousands of lines conveniently organized into 10 product sectors on the show floor, including: Design, Gift, Makers’ Market, Home & Garden, Tabletop, Gourmet, & Housewares, Museum, Personal Style, Vintage Collection, Treasures to Go, and Village Arts.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

EXPANDED SELECTION OF HOME & GARDEN RESOURCES TO INCLUDE SPECIAL OFFERING OF OUTDOOR LIVING PRODUCTS
The SFIGF is expanding its Home & Garden sector in July to spotlight Outdoor Living products that complement the show’s existing product categories., including outdoor accessories, seasonal products and more  

PAIRINGS
SFIGF has always been a resource for wine and regional gourmet specialties. This summer, retailers can look for even more items as the Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares section expands to include the special "Pairings" spotlight showcasing  regional food, wine and craft beer resources and a range of gourmet specialties and accessories. In addition, a special "Pairings" product display will also be featured on the show floor -- highlighting the newest introductions and designs perfect for wineries, gift, gourmet shops and others seeking ways to add a local level of sophistication to their stores.

SHOP LATE TIL 7 PM ON SUNDAY, JULY 26 & ENJOY SHOW HOSPITALITY
The SFIGF is extending its closing hour on Sunday, July 26 until 7pm offering even more time for retailers to place  orders, mix and mingle with vendors while enjoying complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres on the show floor. 
        
SEE NEW RESOURCES IN SAN FRANCISCO 
The SFIGF is attracting new, first-time exhibitors to the show this summer, including Alkemie Jewelry, Calamarie Eco Accessories, The Grommet Wholesale, Kuumba Made, The Lucky Horse, Pyrrha Design, and Quick Lift Cards along with returning destination manufacturers Asta Glass, Cavalinni Papers & Co., Dorfman-Pacific, F.T. Renner, Roman, Inc., Roost and VIP International to name a few. This is an early sampling of exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to check the website for an updated listing.

TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT FOR SFIGF BUYERS
Buyers are encouraged to stop by the show’s Transportation Rebate Desk along with their buyer badge and parking /transportation receipt to receive up to a $10 transportation credit.

GIVEAWAYS, SPECIALS & PRODUCT DISPLAYS
Retailers will have the chance to enter daily $50 cash giveaways and a grand prize drawing for a two-night hotel stay at the winter 2016 show. In addition, many exhibitors will be offering various savings on their lines, including free shipping, discounted rates and more. And, to help them plan their buying schedule, attendees can visit the special Launching Pad and other Product Preview displays in the North Hall lower lobby area before stepping on to the show floor.

EXTENSIVE EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS
Attendees can choose from a wealth of free educational offerings, including programs that are part of the popular Urban Retail Marketing Bootcamp series hosted by Snap Retail. Program line-up includes:

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Retail Sales in a Mobile World - Is Your Store Ready? | 11 am - 12 pm | Presented by: Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group

URBAN RETAIL MARKETING BOOTCAMP: Influence Customers with Instagram | 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm |Presented by: SnapRetail

7 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Retail Store Sales This Year | 3 pm - 4 pm | Presented by: Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Color & Trend Seminar | 9:45 am – 10:45 am | Presented by: Julia Strzesieski, Cole Hardware 

URBAN RETAIL MARKETING BOOTCAMP: Maximize the Value of Your Website | 2 pm - 3 pm | Presented by: Snap Retail

Credit Card Processing 101: Is Your Business Paying Too Much to Accept Credit Cards? | 3 pm - 4 pm | Presented by: Frank Bernacke, Business Development, CardConnect

Monday, July 27, 2015

Looking for a Retail Advantage? Add Excitement, Add Sales, Add Handmade American Craft | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | Presented by: Diane Sulg, President, CRAFT (Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow)

URBAN RETAIL MARKETING BOOTCAMP: The Do's and Don'ts of Email Marketing | 2 pm - 3 pm |Presented by: SnapRetail

What's New with SnapRetail? | 3 pm - 4 pm | Hosted by SnapRetail

EXHIBITOR/ATTENDEE INFORMATION
Visit www.sfigf.com for the latest show news. For exhibitor information, contact Kelly McLoughlin at 678.370.0325 or kmcloughlin@urban-expo.com.  For attendee information, contact Jhana Jordan at 678.370.0338 or jjordan@urban-expo.com.

SFIGF FAST FACTS
WHEN:           Saturday, July 25-Tuesday, July 28, 2015
WHERE:         Moscone Center - North Hall, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
HOURS:          9 am – 6 pm, Saturday; 9 am – 7 pm, Sunday; 9 am – 6 pm, Monday;  9 am – 3 pm, Tuesday
MORE INFO:  www.sfigf.com | 678.285.3976 (EXPO) or 800.318.2238

DISCOUNTED HOTEL RATES
Visit the travel section on the show’s website – www.sfigf.com or call Connections Housing at 855-246-8722.

ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 35 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional gift and souvenir industries. In 2008, Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice, and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw, Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers. For more information, visit www.urban-expo.com 


 

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