JIS Miami Opens With Expanded Offerings

The show continues through Oct. 17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center

The JIS Miami October show opened today at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with an expanded list of upgrades to delight all those who attend. On the list: new pavilions, a redesigned show floor, new digital enhancements, and exhibitor recommendations programs, to name a few.

As the Miami-based home for an array of international exhibitors, JIS is a can’t-miss for retailers throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, hosting pavilions from a number of different countries. For the first time this year, JIS is hosting a new Italian pavilion, presented by the Italian Trade Agency. Within the pavilion—the largest at the October show—the 43 companies representing Italy’s jewelry production districts (Veneto, Piedmont, Tuscany, Campania, Lazio, Lombardy) will showcase products and designs that epitomize the Italian lifestyle. “The Italian Pavilion is the Western hemisphere’s opportunity to shop direct from Italy in one of the easiest, most desired locations: Miami Beach,” said JIS industry vice president Jordan Tuchband, in a press release. “We are extremely excited to welcome the Italian exhibitors and offer our customers a new chance to shop designs they would otherwise have to travel overseas for.”

Just a few steps away from the Italian Pavilion is the Plumb Club pavilion, offering a selection of “Best in Class” manufacturers from all facets of the jewelry industry. Appearing for its second year in a row, the Plumb Club pavilion—boasting impressive exhibitors such as Benchmark, PAJ, Richline Group, and Shah Luxury—offers a relaxing lounge for all JIS retailers complete with complimentary snacks and beverages, daily merchandise credit raffle drawings, a business center, and the elite members-only JIS Platinum Club Lounge. A number of manufacturers showcasing within the Plumb Club will also be offering closeout promotions, available only to retailers at the JIS Miami October show.

Along with the show’s new pavilions comes a completely redesigned show floor, laid out by product categories and specialty pavilions for a more convenient shopping experience. Adding to the buyer’s event experience on the physical show floor is an array of digital activations through the new JIS show mobile app. Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese for both Apple and Android devices, the app includes show and travel information, searchable exhibitor and product lists, an interactive floor map, schedule of special events, and access to My Show, a complimentary planning tool. My Show’s custom Exhibitor Recommendations provides a list of exhibitors that offer products to match what each attendee is looking to source at the show, based on products of interest selected during registration. By using an onsite Bluetooth resource (dubbed JIS Sidekick), a small chip will be paired with each attendee’s badge to collect data for JIS to provide new Exhibitor Recommendations during the show and in future shows. Guests who download and log into the JIS Show mobile app will be automatically entered to win a trip for two (including airfare and one-night hotel stay) to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the JIS show in January 2017. (Visit jisshow.com/mobile for more details on that.)

Attendees to the JIS Miami October show are set to benefit from a host of new features, but they’re not the only ones. Each exhibitor to JIS has access to unlimited downloads of the CompuLEAD Smart app for lead retrieval, essentially turning any personal mobile device into an attendee badge scanner. This eliminates the need for exhibitors to write down contact information and collect business cards—all they need to do is scan. Participants of the CompuLEAD Smart app program have the chance to win a free 10-foot-by-10-foot booth at the JIS show in January.

Along with daily happy hours is the second annual JIS Retailer of the Year Award Ceremony, which will be held on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in the centrally located Galleria Lounge. All badge holders may vote for their favorite retailer through until Oct. 16 at 12 p.m.

The JIS Miami October show runs through Oct. 17. For more information on the show, visit jisshow.com.

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