3 Things I Learned In Vegas

Another year and another PPAI Expo conquered. Miss out on the show? Here are a couple things I learned from this year’s exhibitions:

1. Color is going to be big for 2013
I talked to a bunch of exhibiting suppliers, both at Vegas and Orlando, and I was surprised how many were focused on promoting new colors. Not sure I can figure out why this is a big trend besides the obvious “more colors equals more sales,” but it’s definitely a trend. Small companies, average companies, huge companies-just a ton of suppliers are focusing on offering more colors, mostly in brights but also a lot of neat stuff like crisp semi-pastels. 

2. More stuff is made in the USA than I realized
For the last couple years, PPAI has done a “made in the USA” section in its new product pavilion in Vegas. Browsing through it this year, I was surprised to see a lot of items I didn’t realize could be purchased from American manufacturers. There were some quirkier items like nail polish, but also some standard stuff like apparel basics and uniforms from suppliers I had no idea manufactured stateside. Definitely interesting if USA-manufacturing is something you’re into.

3. Don’t eat salmon in Las Vegas
Two out of my last three trips to Vegas, I’ve gotten food poisoning from eating salmon. The first time was from a salmon steak from a “Chili’s Too” in the airport, so granted I probably deserved that one, but the second was from Burger Bar. Burger Bar! A place where people actually eat out of choice rather than sad, waiting-for-plane desperation. So, I vow next year I’m going full veggie in Vegas, and by “full veggie,” I mean “massive bags of candy and ice-cream where the closest thing to a nutrient is chocolate sauce.”

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