The Footwear Industry - Freight related Events
The footwear sector is a global industry which attracts business worldwide given that most people need and want footwear. The marketplace is as big as it gets on a global marketplace. Below is a brief guide to some of the key exhibitions for the footwear industry around the world. For freight companies, despite the size of shoes, shipments can often be a significant size and the industry always worth being involved with.
China International Footwear Fair (Shanghai)
With China having the largest population in the world it is no surprise that the footwear market there is thriving. This event runs for three days at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre and provides an unrivalled opportunity to meet with everybody involved in the Chinese footwear market. The Chinese market has a significant impact on the rest of the world, so a visit here can provides somewhat of an insight into the international market as well as that in China.
New York Shoe Expo
New York is one of the most influential cities in the world with regards to fashion, which goes some way to explaining why this event is held in such high regard within the industry. The event has plush surroundings as it is held in the Hilton Hotel and this is mirrored in the highly professional nature of the event. The hotel is transformed into a shoe shopper’s paradise for 3 days with row after row of designer shoes and accessories to peruse. Other features of the show include shoemaker’s lessons and press sessions. All of the key buyers will be here making it a great place to launch the latest lines.
Micam Shoe Event (Milan)
This is a highly modern event held in Europe’s fashion capital which is only open to exhibitors who fall into the categories of distributors, representatives, agents and manufacturers. This means that all visitors here are guaranteed to meet the people who will influence their organisation or meet their interests. In total there are around 1600 companies who exhibit here, of which approximately 1000 are Italian. Visitor numbers extend beyond 40,000 making this a highly influential event.
SIMAC - Bologna (Italy)
This is an exhibition dedicated to the machinery involved in the production of footwear. Manufacturers from around the world gather here to showcase their latest technologies and share ideas. Visitors can educate themselves on the different stages of footwear production through attending the seminars and talks as well as by interacting with the hundreds of exhibitors.
One of the most interesting features of this exhibition is the section showcasing footwear which was designed specifically for celebrities. This always attracts a lot of attention as people appreciate that this gives them a niche market. The catwalk shows are also highly anticipated as they allow the visitor to see the shoes on display in context.
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