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JPMA Baby Show


The JPMA Baby Show is poised to become the industry’s premier trade show and leading consumer baby show franchise in North America.

The 2nd Annual JPMA Baby Show is March 20-24, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. Part of The Baby Show Series created by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) in partnership with Family Media, LLC, this event provides a world-class trade show experience with three days of a trade show floor, two days of educational conferences and one of the largest consumer baby shows in North America.

Providing parents and caregivers with new, innovative, well-designed products at retail is essential to the health and vitality of the juvenile products industry. The JPMA Baby Show is where industry leaders discuss relevant safety issues, educate the industry, connect with consumers and provide a showcase to launch and sell new products.

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The JPMA Baby Show is the only juvenile products industry event in North America that combines an educational conference, trade show and consumer day rolled into one event. Admission to the trade show/education conference is open to businesses in juvenile products and related industries.

  • manufacturers, their representatives and distributors
  • national and specialty retailers
  • social influencers
  • the press
  • licensors
  • service providers
  • entrepreneurs
  • standards organizations
  • child safety-focused NGO’s
  • non-profit organizations

Estimated 2,000 – 3,000 Attendees

JPMA member manufacturers are the leading sources of new and innovative products.

  • Learn what’s new, what’s trending and how you can drive your retail business forward to success through seminars and workshops at a JPMA University Session.
  • Connect with suppliers, designers, social influencers, media and entrepreneurs from across North America and around the world.
  • Discover new products, check out the JPMA Innovations Award-winning products and learn about the research findings that can change your business.

The Baby Show Series kicked off in May 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center with JPMA’s conference and trade show followed by the one-day Anaheim Baby Show for consumers. The inaugural event hosted over 300,000 sq. ft. of curated exhibit space. JPMA is an international trade organization of more than 200 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico – manufacturers, importers and distributors of prenatal to preschool products. Each year, JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month in September to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products. Family Media reaches over 120,000 families per month through print magazines, online platforms and local community events, including the New York Baby Show -the largest consumer show for new and expectant families in the country- and the New York Family Camp Fair Series and education recognition awards, among others.

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Little Hippie


Good Art Is Everything

Under the direction of founding artist Taylor Swope, lifestyle brand Little Hippie creates art you and your children can wear, enjoy in your home or send to friends and family. In her words,

We are adventurers, cosmic explorers, radical dreamers, and flower children. 
We are creatures made of love and we make the world our playground. 
We are artists, crafters and designers; every day creators.

Founded in October 2002, Little Hippie is known as a community voice, fostering creativity to nurture the magic inside all of us, at any age. As a long-time licensee of the Grateful Dead, Little Hippie has an expert understanding of a devoted fanbase, establishing a genuine connection with them as well as new fans who share their stories and are looking for new merchandise.

Little Hippie & The Jim Henson Company

Recently, The Jim Henson Company signed Little Hippie as apparel and home goods licensee, to create new lines of merchandise featuring beloved classic brands Labyrinth and Fraggle Rock. The lines include infant and toddler apparel, adult apparel, accessories and home goods for direct and online sales, as well as selected specialty and mid-tier retail locations nationwide. Apparel sizes range from infant, toddler and youth with coordinating adult styles. The home goods line will include Little Hippie’s signature woven cotton blankets, fleece blankets, tapestries, bed linens, posters; the accessory collection will include pins, tote bags and hats.

“As someone who grew up watching Fraggle Rock,” Taylor says, “I can attest to how much these characters mean to our existing customers who already want to pass on to their children Jim Henson’s valuable lessons of friendship, understanding of others and interconnectedness. No other creator aligns with our company values more, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from Henson’s imagination through developing art from his characters.”

The collection launched this past July at the Museum of Pop Culture’s retrospective Jim Henson Exhibition in Seattle. Products are now available at LittleHippie.com with further retail placement throughout Fall 2017.

“Fraggle Rock was created to encourage and celebrate acceptance, tolerance and diversity in the world. Little Hippie is a perfect partner, sharing these core ideas and bringing a uniquely creative vision to these new merchandise lines,” Nicole Goldman, Executive Vice President of Marketing and PR for The Jim Henson Company, says. “Fans will dance their cares away with Taylor’s imaginative designs and products that reflect the joy and irreverence of this beloved brand.”

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National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources


Children’s retailers, are you suffering from inventory headaches? Five ways you’re triggering them.

Do children’s retail products inventory managers enjoy a good headache? Why else would so many waste time, drain profitability and divert focus away from core business priorities by mismanaging excess inventory? Whether you prefer a pounding or splitting headache, here are five surefire ways to trigger one now or later. By relying on these common strategies, you might as well just be banging your head against the wall anyway.

  1. Make like an ostrich…put your head in the sand!

Ignore a problem and it will surely go away, right? Just put off decisions about what to do with your slow-moving children’s inventory. You can deal with the growing inventory, expenses and taxes later.

  1. Lease additional space.

Out of sight, out of mind. Lease additional warehouse space and spend your company’s money by contributing to the profitability of storage and logistics warehouse companies.

  1. Liquidate.

Go ahead, sell excess inventory at a dime or pennies on the dollar. Or better yet, give it away to employees as a bonus, and watch it pop up on eBay or in other secondary markets. Then wonder why old inventory is competing against your company’s efforts to sell current stock, why everyone seems to be waiting for your next giveaway or price reduction, or why you’re fielding calls from unhappy customers because your inventory is cutting into their sales and profit margins.

  1. Continue selling it.

Do the same thing over and over again – maybe you’ll be the first person to get a different result. Children’s items are outdated and stale, sales are stagnant, but hey, maybe things will pick up.

  1. Send it to a landfill.

You must really be looking for a public relations headache. Because when the media finds out that your perfectly good merchandise is taking up space in a landfill, you’ll have a doozey.

Seriously, though, don’t you already have enough headaches?

Luckily, there’s a way to eliminate inventory headaches without even popping any pills, and it’s a solution that turns a problem like excess inventory into a positive – for the company’s reputation and bottom line.

IRC Section 170(e)(3), a little-known section of the tax code, allows Regular C Corporations to donate excess inventory and receive an up to twice-cost federal tax deduction. Donating your excess inventory to a gifts-in-kind organization not only will significantly reduce your tax obligation, it will get your excess, non-selling products into the hands of qualified, deserving nonprofits across the country.

Gifts-in-kind organizations solicit donations of valuable, new merchandise from American corporations and redistribute that merchandise to their members, which include schools, churches, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations in need of supplies. The donation process is easy, secure and flexible, and many gifts-in-kind organizations provide a range of free services to donors. They can accept shipments of supplies ranging from one box to dozens of truckloads, and in many cases, the freight charges to ship a donation to a gifts-in-kind program also are tax deductible. They also offer a great solution for companies that are consolidating warehouse locations. Gifts-in-kind organizations keep detailed records of merchandise donations and redistribution, so when tax time rolls around, companies know exactly who received their products and how much they received.

In addition, provisions in the tax code stipulate that donated product cannot be resold, bartered or traded and must be used in a manner consistent with the charity’s mission, which means your product won’t find its way back to the open market. Companies also gain brand protection through their donations. The allocation system for gifts-in-kind donations ensures that the products are distributed across a thinly closed market, providing protection from the brand and product devaluation that can occur when extra inventory ends up in the open market.

Typical Donation Items

  • office supplies
  • class materials
  • clothing and shoes
  • maintenance items
  • tools and hardware
  • toys and games
  • computer software
  • sporting goods, books, tapes and CDs
  • arts and crafts
  • personal care items
  • holiday and party items
  • janitorial supplies
  • and more

Many companies also take advantage of gifts-in-kind programs to manage items such as underperforming SKUs, discontinued models or colors, seconds, buybacks and returns.

Gifts-in-kind organizations offer a simple, pain-free cure for any inventory headache.

Guest Blog by Gary C. Smith

Gary is the president of the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR), a gifts-in-kind organization based in Galesburg, Illinois. They like to say they are “in the Business of Empowering Generosity,” supporting communities by collecting merchandise donations from generous American corporations and giving it to those who need it most. For more information, contact NAEIR at (800)-562-0955 or donor@naeir.org, or visit www.naeir.org.

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Bombas Kids Indiegogo Campaign


Bombas are engineered and designed to look better and feel better, with a mission to help those in need.

052114_CRTPost_BombasSocks_LogoBombas men’s/women’s sock collection launched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo in August 2013 and remains the #1 most funded apparel brand in Indigogo history. After listening to feedback from supporters, Bombas once again turns to Indiegogo to bring these amazing socks to the feet of kids everywhere, helping to further their mission –and with just 10 days left, Bomba Socks’ new kid’s collection campaign* is definitely making a run at outperforming the original campaign!

052114_CRTPost_BombasSocks_01The Bombas line of bold athletic-leisure socks are great for kids, with bright color, a comfortable design and promise of a Bombas Growth Guarantee – if kids wear through the socks or they outgrow them within a year, Bombas will send another pair for free!

With the knowledge that socks are the #1 most requested item in homeless shelters, for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a pair to someone in need … that’s 70,000+ pairs to date!

Watch the kid’s campaign video and see how the company set out to rethink an everyday product in a totally advanced way, building them with purpose for athletic performance and designed for extreme leisure.

052114_CRTPost_BombasSocks_BeeBee Better. The word bombas is derived from the Latin word for bumblebee. “Bee Better” is the company’s mantra, stitched inside every pair as a reminder to push harder and be better at your athletic pursuits; that you helped someone in need with your purchase; that we’re all connected and little improvements can add up to make a big difference.

*campaign closes May 30, 2014

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Children’s Retail Today is Five Years Old!


????????????????????????????????????????????????????CRT is the one online publication for anyone with a passion for children’s fashion.

A Decade of Street Cred. As the one & only managing editor of beloved trade publication HUDSON’S Childrenswear Review –on board for its creation in 2005 until the final issue in 2011- I’ve been covering the great children’s fashion stories for 10 years, interviewing dozens of specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, family business owners, manufacturers, designers and decision makers who are leading the way to success in every aspect of the children’s business today.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????For anyone with a passion for children’s fashion. Launched in 2009 to compliment HUDSON’S editorial, and re-branded as Children’s Retail Today in 2012, I’m celebrating five years of getting the word out about innovative, imaginative and inspiring products for children to love. I write about fun and functional products, key companies, inspiring designers and important issues affecting not only industry professionals, but consumers as well.

Store owners, manufacturers, designers … mompreneurs & inventors

Get inspired! Read fresh posts about apparel and footwear collections, product launches, nifty services and best practices to take your business to the next level.

Parents, grandparents … gift-giving aunties, coaches, teachers & friends

Find the best stuff! Learn about new products and where to buy … better yet, convince your favorite shop to carry your picks!

Children’s Retail TodayCRT for short- showcases what I like to call “adorables” –the most desirable children’s apparel, footwear, accessories, gifts, books, toys, products for parents – and more.

????????The New Look of CRT

Big images, bold color, bright white space –the new look of CRT puts emphasis on what everyone is here to discover: innovative, imaginative and inspiring products for children. And their parents, too. Simply click the dot icons at the top right for a few plusses like the page menu, secret messages, social links and site search!

Enjoy the moment with me! I’m always looking for cool stuff to tell you about, so contact me about your great idea.