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ATLANTA (April 17, 2015) - As part of a continued strategy to offer broader and deeper assortments in every product category, the Philadelphia Gift Show will shine a special product spotlight on its Gourmet, Candy & Confections, Child’s Play, Makers’ Market and Home Accents resources this summer. Joining a full line-up of money saving buyer services, educational offerings, giveaways and show hospitality for the July 19-22, 2015 edition at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, the expanded offerings give retailers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State region the perfect opportunity to discover fresh new resources without breaking the bank.  

“With each show, we zero in on key product sectors to bring in even more up-and-coming companies and new resources that respond to the seasonal buying  and restocking needs of our retailers,” explains Dirk von Gal, Vice President, Gift, Urban Expositions. “It’s just one of the ways we are able to build on the show’s reputation for offering a relaxed, friendly shopping atmosphere where the region’s retailers know they can find everything they need -- all close to home.” 



This July, retailers can look for a number of new resources throughout the show floor, including the special focus areas -- Gourmet, Candy and Confection; Child’s Play products for babies, kids, tweens and teens; Home Accents and Made in the USA designs.  

With a special spotlight on new resources, the show will also welcome many first-time exhibitors in all categories.  Among them: Accents Fashion Accessories, Bali Kraton Treasures, New England Bells,, Silk Saver, Urban Works Textiles and more.

In addition, the expanded and rebranded Makers’ Market area will feature artisans and designers showcasing hand-styled crafts in all media. Further strengthening the selection, Urban has entered into a partnership with CRAFT/American Craft Week, to bring in even more artists and designs. Plus retailers can vote on the “Best Maker” with the returning design competition.

Other summer show highlights include: 

Free Buyer Seminar Series: 
Buyers can choose from a host of educational programs touching on a variety of topics and trends, ranging from social media & marketing programs that are part of the popular urban Retail Marketing Bootcamp series by SnapRetail, to fair trade tips and handcrafted-focused seminars. Visit for full seminar schedule and detail on programs, including: 

Sunday, July 19

The 5 Key Elements of a Great Retail Display
Speaker: Patti Biro, Principal, Patti Biro and Associates
If you can count to 5 you can create an engaging retail display in store, front window or feature area-every time.  This visually rich and dynamic presentation doesn’t just tell you the elements-actual demonstrations of how to use them in innovative and easy ways to attract customers are presented! These ideas and demonstrations utilize props that you probably have already in your store.  Online retailers remember that your website and shopping cart is your front window and this works for you too!

Unlocking the Power of the Purse
Speaker: Patti Biro, Principal, Patti Biro and Associates
Today’s female shopper controls over 80% of the purchasing decisions- but it is not business as usual for these shoppers.  This session will explore consumer research that highlights the “purse-i-nality” traits of today’s female shopper and WHY she buys is more important than WHERE. Strategies, tips and ideas are shared that you can use with women across all demographic categories. 

Do a Month's Worth of Marketing in 4 Hours or Less
Hosted by: SnapRetail
Online marketing is important, but finding the time and determining what to promote via email, social media and your website can leave even the most experienced retailers feeling overwhelmed. Learn how to create a month’s worth of marketing in the time it takes to go to dinner and a movie. 

Monday, July 20

Looking for a Retail Advantage? Add Excitement, Add Sales, Add Handmade American Craft
Speaker: Diane Sulg, president, CRAFT (Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow)
Artisan-made goods are hot! This seminar will examine how you can easily add the right handmade mix to your store and capture new customers and sales. 

Go Viral with Social Sharing
Hosted by: SnapRetail
Sharing content within the social landscape leads to an exponential growth in product sales and brand exposure. More than 40% of social media users purchase an item after sharing it online. Learn the secrets of social sharing across popular sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and others to expand your customer base. During this information-packed presentation, you’ll learn how to empower your loyal following to create buzz around your brand using social media.

Tuesday, July 21

Maximize Your Website Presence
Hosted By: SnapRetail
A website is an expected staple for all retailers, but it’s often the most challenging marketing and sales resource to leverage and maintain. In this informative session, learn the best practices you can easily implement to maximize the value of your business’s website.

What's New with SnapRetail
Hosted By: SnapRetail
SnapRetail Customer Forum.

Complimentary Buyer Breakfast:
Buyers are invited to enjoy a free continental breakfast Sunday, July 19 and Monday, July 20.

NEW Retail Prize Giveaways:
Buyers will have the chance to win various prizes from participating exhibitors throughout the show. 

Stay For The Last Day:
Retailers should plan to stay and shop on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 to enjoy discounts only offered the last day of the show, discounted hotel rates and complimentary buyer lunch! 

$50 Cash Giveaways!
Retailers can enter to win daily drawings for $50 cash!  Drawings will be held twice a day the first 3 days of the show and one lucky retailer will win the grand prize drawing of a two-night hotel stay at the next edition of the Philadelphia Gift Show.

WHEN:  Sunday, July 19-Wendesday, July 22, 2015
WHERE: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, just 5 miles from the King of Prussia Area
               100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 19456 
SHOW HOURS: 9 am – 6 pm July 19-21; 9 am – 2 pm July 22.

HOTEL DISCOUNTS: Rates as low as $79.  Visit travel section | or call Connections at 855.246.8722. 

For exhibitor information, contact Philadelphia Gift Show Executive Director Dean Russo at 203-242-8716,; Show Director Jeannie Dorchak at 678.370.0340 and For buyer information visit or contact Buyer Relations Director Jhana Jordan at or 678.370.0338.

Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 35 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional Gift & Souvenir industries. In 2008 Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers.  For more information, visit