posted by Mary Gerlach, associate editor
Last year, juvenile industry companies were presented with a dilemma: the ABC Kids Expo and Kind + Jugend were just one day apart. Located in Las Vegas and Cologne, Germany, respectively, the close show dates meant manufacturers and retailers had to hurry between events or choose one over the other. In 2010, Kind + Jugend officials announced, no such travel overlap will occur. The Kind + Jugend show will take place September 16-19, 2010, in Cologne, and the ABC Kids Expo will be October 10-13, 2010, in Las Vegas.
In a press release from Kind + Jugend, Mike Curry, creative director for Bumbleride Strollers said “in the past it has been incredibly difficult to split time between those two shows especially for smaller companies as key employees in our company were forced to be present at both events. I look forward to the separation of the shows next year.” Similar sentiments were shared by Jeff Cornelison, executive vice president of international for Kids II: “We certainly appreciated the time gap between the two major shows. Exhibitors now can use their corporate booth design at both events. It will also make it far easier to properly staff those two major trade shows. We expect to see more fellow North Americans at Kind + Jugend based on those date changes.”