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<br /> The<br /> RetailObserver<br /> 2764 N. Green Valley Pkwy. Suite 508<br /> Henderson, NV 89014-2121<br /> March, 2012 AN EYE ON THE INDUSTRY SINCE 1970 Vol. 23, Issue 3<br /> L AS VEGAS<br /> WINTER<br /> MARKET<br /> 2012<br /> BOLSTERED BY DOUBLE DIGIT<br /> INCREASES IN ATTENDANCE<br /> ALMO OFFERS<br /> REVOLUTIONARY<br /> NANOLUMENS®<br /> DIGITAL DISPLAYS<br /> PAGE 12<br /> PAGE 8<br /> NAHB<br /> INTERNATIONAL<br /> BUILDERS’ SHOW<br /> SIGNS OF OPTIMISM FOR RECOVERY<br /> PAGE 34<br /> Printed on Recycled Paper<br /> 10% Post Consumer<br /> PRSRT STD<br /> US Postage<br /> Paid<br /> St. Joseph, MI<br /> Permit No. 158<br /> <br /> <br /> AS I SEE IT<br /> <br /> ELLE’S VIEW<br /> •<br /> • AS I SEE IT<br /> Stand Outside of Your<br /> Own Store Window<br /> T<br /> he pretty side of retail & the accessories of life were once again on<br /> display last month at The Las V<a title="Mar '12 page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=1"> The RetailObserver 2764 N. Green Valley Pkwy. 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The first and only displa</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 14" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=14"> Book Review The Art of Starting HOW SEVEN SIMPLE </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 15" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=15"> • CALL TO ACTION Over: RSATION GONE WRONG</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 16" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=16"> Industry [ News ] and helped lead Viking to</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 17" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=17"> The True Professional Series® Dual-Tap Bever</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 18" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=18"> Industry [ News ] | continued from page 17 | </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 19" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=19"> </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 20" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=20"> Industry [ News ] | continued from page 18 | </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 21" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=21"> MARCH 2012 THE RETAIL OBSERVER 21</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 22" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=22"> Industry [ News ] | continued from page 20 | </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=23"> Scan here to see – and hear – how q</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=24"> Industry [ News ] | continued from page 22 | </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 25" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=25"> MARCH 2012 THE RETAIL OBSERVER 25</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 26" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=26"> Industry [ News ] | continued from page 24 | </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 27" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=27"> Join us at the Architec</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 28" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=28"> Industry [ News ] | continued from page 26 | </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 29" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=29"> </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 30" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=30"> Industry [ News ] | continued from page 28 | </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 31" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=31"> Touch the The Kitchen&Bath In</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 32" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=32"> Industry [ News ] | continued from page 30 | </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 33" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=33"> </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 34" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=34"> Increased optimism felt a NAHB 2012 International</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 35" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=35"> ALL PHOTOS © OSCAR EINZIG PHOTOGRAPHY MARCH 2012 </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 36" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=36"> | continued from page 34 | education sessions</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 37" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=37"> housing sector get back on its feet,” the Fed cha</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 38" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=38"> • ASSOCIATION NEWS CEA’s Innovation Movement </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 39" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=39"> </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 40" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=40"> Elly Valas • R E T A I L V I</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 41" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=41"> Kitchen & Bath Industry Directory FREE COMPANY LI</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 42" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=42"> John Tschohl • C U S T O M E R S E R V I C E Cow</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 43" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=43"> MAY 2011 THE RETAIL OBSERVER 27</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 44" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=44"> Rick Segel • RETAIL BUSINESS KIT What Free </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 45" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=45"> introducing the lines of perfection the new S3 Se</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 46" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=46"> Libby Wagner • CULTURE COACH A Business Partn</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 47" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=47"> Look ng to expand? Want new customers? i Grow </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 48" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=48"> Jeff Knock • APPLIANCE TRENDS Simplify Your</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 49" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=49"> </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 50" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=50"> Jim Ristow • CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TRENDS Produc</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 51" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=51"> Wine is about an experience... Vinotemp is lookin</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 52" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=52"> • FURNITURE TRENDS 2012–The Year of Color STYLE </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 53" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=53"> • Retail Resources </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 54" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=54"> • INDUSTRY SHOW NEWS Positive Momentum and N</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 55" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=55"> 2012 • MARCH 17 — ST. PATRICK’S DAY MARCH 1-3 H</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 56" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=56"> • BUYING GROUP NEWS Nationwide Honored with </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 57" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=57"> Join us Join us When you provide a hot meal to a</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 58" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=58"> • BUYING GROUP NEWS BRANDSOUR</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 59" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=59"> </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 60" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=60"> • SERVICE NEWS Service Department Efficien</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 61" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=61"> </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 62" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=62"> On the Radar • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Tor</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 63" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=63"> Surplus products? Misordered items? Reusable mate</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 64" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=64"> Promotions • GE </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 65" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=65"> WALL OF FAME• RETAILERS OBSERVED • WALL O</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 66" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=66"> Manufacturer {NOTES} •</a> <a title="Mar '12 page 67" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=67"> INDUSTRY FIRST* AQUALIFT </a> <a title="Mar '12 page 68" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c4f1bb7d?page=68"> </a>