Global gift industry looks to AmericasMart Atlanta for 2014 trends

[Atlanta] AmericasMart Atlanta brings the global gift industry together with a presentation of new-to-market products, marketplace innovations and trend-making seminars at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market July 8–15.

“Today’s retailers are looking for unique, design-driven products with a story,” said Mary Sullivan Harper, senior vice president of leasing for AmericasMart Building 2. “Our dedicated trend experts scour the globe looking for the world’s best gift products for our discerning buyers.”

The full list of new and expanded showrooms will be released leading up to the market. 

The Building 2 Gift collections locations include:
– General Gift: Floors 6-7, 10-18
– Home Accents: Floors 10-13
– Living and Entertaining: Gifts, Tabletop & Accessories: Floors 8-9
– Gourmet & Housewares: Floor 8
– Living. Outdoor / Indoor: The Gardens: Floors 9-10

Supporting the connectivity of the collections is the new AmericasMart mobile app, available now on Apple iTunes and Google Play. The app makes it easier for buyers to discover and explore new and existing exhibitors, categories, lines and products and to make note of Market events and promotions.

The July Market’s renowned speakers schedule also reflects modern buyers’ inspiration with thought leaders from blogs, lifestyle publications, reality television and more presenting engaging learning opportunities.

Highlights of the Market speakers include:
– Sunny Anderson of Food Network’s “The Kitchen” presenting her favorite “eat-clean” recipes in “Keep It Clean and Comfy.”
– Chadwick Boyd of “Lovely and Delicious” blog presenting easy and delicious ways to make vegetables the star of the party in “Entertaining with Vegetables: From Root to Stalk to Tabletop.”
– Kelly Kegans, senior deputy editor of home design for “Better Homes and Gardens,” showcasing a lively look at entertaining today in “Gather ‘Round.”
– Becky Tyre, senior trends editor of GIFT SHOP Magazine, sharing tips for improving visual merchandising skills in “50 Store Display Ideas That Move Merchandise.”

The centerpiece of the July Market, AmericasMart’s Icon Honors 2014 celebrates professional achievements of home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers at the most important and anticipated night in the gift and home industry. The celebration will be Thursday, July 10 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. 

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