The 2015 ABC Kids Expo, hosted by All Baby and Child Corporation, will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 18 to 21. The expo is the largest trade event in the Western Hemisphere for the baby and juvenile category, and ranks as the 47th largest expo in North America regardless of industry. The event draws nearly 15,000 people each year from around the world and occupies approximately one million feet of exhibit space.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the industry and the safe selection and use of juvenile products, is opening a Washington, D.C., office with two new staff members leading the D.C. team. The suburban Philadelphia-based trade association is opening the office at a time where there is an increased need for the industry to have a consistent presence in D.C. for collaborations with the federal government.
Julie Vallese has been appointed to the position of managing director of public and government affairs. Mark Fellin will serve as the director of regulatory and legislative affairs.
To learn more about JPMA and the Certification Program and for a complete listing of JPMA members, visit www.jpma.org. Connect with JPMA on Facebook, Twitter, or on YouTube to learn more about additional programs and safety initiatives.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association has released a statement regarding drop side cribs. JPMA states: “Together with manufacturers and related industry partners, JPMA took the reins to effectively eliminate drop side cribs and added a crib slat integrity test based on the European standard.”
JPMA also notes that “a revised crib standard was recently balloted whose provisions include addressing issues related to hardware failure, labeling and instructional issues, an improved mattress support test, and much more.”
To read the entire statement, click here.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has debut its new certification product seal and logo. The redesign is the organization’s first logo revamp since the program’s start in 1976. JPMA is a trade organization of more than 250 companies in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Member companies manufacture or import infant products such as cribs, strollers, and car seats.
A study by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) states that the U.S. market for juvenile products made approximately $2.7 billion in manufacturer sales in 2008. According to the report, more than 75 percent of sales were made through mass merchandisers, discounters and specialists. Independent juvenile accounted for 16 percent of online dollar sales in 2008. The report also states that in 2008, 56 percent of total gross shipment from juvenile product manufacturers were estimated to be green and eco-friendly, compared to 41 percent in 2007.