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CHINA SOURCING FAIR 2012 China Fair Grows The second annual China Sourcing Fair trade show in Miami once again will serve buyers in the Americas. T he highly successful China Sourcing Fair returns to Miami July 10 to 12, this time about 40 percent bigger than last year’s inaugural event. Offering an array of China-made consumer products from more than 700 manufacturers, the fair’s return to Miami helps domestic buyers purchase directly from Asia-based manufacturers without traveling abroad. Launched in Shanghai in 2005, the China Sourcing Fairs quickly caught on in other key markets around the world. Today, they are some of the largest China-products events in the markets where they are organized, including Hong Kong, India, South Africa, Sao Paulo and Dubai. Although organized in different parts of the world, the events have one focus: to provide buyers with direct, face-to-face access to a large number of suppliers from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Miami show will feature exhibitors that produce consumer electronics, gifts and premiums, fashion accessories and garments, home products and children’s products. The Center of Americas’ Trade According to organizer Global Sources, Miami was the logical city to host the event. “We were looking for a location that served buyers in North America, as well as those in Central and South America,” says Bill Janeri, general manager at Global Sources. “A large volume of trade is conducted between Asia and these markets, so to meet our objective of organizing the show closer to those buyers, Miami was the logical choice. It is centrally located, has a multilingual business community and has an international trade focus.” Markets like the United States already are importing a significant amount of products from China. But in more developing markets throughout Latin America, this trade is really just taking off. “As an economy stabilizes and expands, so does its middle class,” Janeri points out. “A growing middle class brings more disposable income and growing demand for consumer products – like mobile phones, largescreen TVs and nice items for the house. “At the same time, in many of these markets, the product distribution systems are becoming more sophisticated,” he continues. “These markets are making the transition from mom-and-pop shops to networks of world-class retail outlets on par with those in any other market in the world. To fill those shelves, importers and purchasing managers look to China for well-made products at price points where the retailer has more flexibility with the margin it charges.” The China Sourcing Fair in Miami also The fair’s return to Miami helps domestic buyers purchase directly from Asia-based manufacturers without traveling abroad. 14 March/April 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Retail Merchandiser - March/April 2012

Retail Merchandiser - March/April 2012
Creating Value
Design Strategies
Toy Fair 2012 Wrap-Up
Expo West 2012 Wrap-Up
Fashion Week
Category Insight
China Sourcing Fair 2012 Preview
Cover Story: Jessica Simpson
charming CHARLIE
Fantastic Sams
The Bargain! Shop
Sportsman’s Warehouse
Fruth Pharmacy
Apricot Lane Boutique
Hi-School Pharmacy
Hallmark Cards Canada
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Rubie’s Costume Co.
Fashion Angels
K’NEX Brands
Total Wine & More
Sigel’s Beverages
O&W Inc.
New Hampshire State Liquor Commission
Kohler Distributing Co.
New & Notable

Retail Merchandiser - March/April 2012