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ASI Orlando Wrap Up & Dallas Preview

01/13/2009

What an incredible three days we had at ASI Orlando previewing the best the industry has to offer and getting charged up for selling this year.

We enjoyed several really exciting events, including the ASI Fashion Show, featuring the season’s hottest new looks in casual wear, and the ASI Show Gala Celebration at Universal Studios.  In a word, the thrill rides, food and entertainment were outrageous.  I met a number of real characters – and not all of them were in costume!  

Click here for runway photos of trendy apparel from the Fashion Show.

Also, click here to watch my video of unique promotional products from the show floor that will interest your clients this year, including these and half a dozen more:

  • Pens made from recycled currency and denim.
  • Knit fleece jacket, with fleece inside and a sweater outside.
  • Mini video camcorder.

I also stopped by Norwood’s booth for more new products, and click here for a video of some high-end wine accessories and a solar-powered rotating globe.  And, at Leed’s, the ASI Supplier of the Year, I discovered a new line of heavy-duty, highly colorful Scripto pens – watch here.

In breaking news, people have been responding to news of our multimillion-dollar initiative to create a seamless order management system for the industry, so I wanted to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to learn more about this.

The new system links distributors, suppliers and industry service providers across ASI’s full product suite and is designed to make you more efficient and save time and money in 2009 – when you need it most.  

Click here for the press release with more benefits of the initiative.

All in all, ASI Orlando posted strong attendance, with preliminary distributor attendance of about 5,200, equivalent to last year, from more than 2,000 distributor firms. 

And on the third day attendees were energized by a two-hour business and personal coaching session by Tony Robbins, who has worked with the most successful entertainment, sports and business and political leaders in the world.  The 1,200-seat auditorium was packed and much of the session was spent with distributors and suppliers on their feet interacting with each other and Tony Robbins, as he explained how to capture market share, grow your business and flourish in challenging personal and business times. 

There’s no way someone didn’t leave the two hours with Tony Robbins without having a positive outlook on their business and their life as we enter 2009 – check out the photo above.  

More than ever, I believe ASI Orlando has positioned suppliers and distributors for a strong performance in the coming year.  Click here to watch a video wrap-up that also features a new notebook made from elephant poo from Spector & Co.  No joke.

The strong attendance in Orlando is setting the pace for an optimistic year, and pre-registrations for the next ASI Show in Dallas in February continue to increase.  We’ll have more education sessions – 70% are new – to help distributors and suppliers sell more in 2009. 

You can reach Tim on his blog, at www.timandrewsblog.com, or at tim.andrews@asicentral.com.

 

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