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Global Shop Show Highlights Latest Design Techniques

LAS VEGAS - As bare bulb lighting in retail displays gives way to the high-tech LED bulb, this year's annual Global Shop Show in Las Vegas showcased the latest design techniques that also epitomize commitment to sustainability, energy-saving, reuse, recycling promises.
     Several exhibitors noted the significance of identifying how important flexibility has become in LED systems and display fixturing finishes for both modular and permanent display components.
     The new Madix Beam LED Canopy Light aims to create the brightest-possible, "truer" light to show customers the full depth of original colors in a display both on the sales fl oor and in window vignette visual presentations.
Schneider Electric showed the latest innovations in recessed, track and linear LED fixtures in its Juno Lighting Group that promises reduced maintenance and energy savings by combining running cool capability with maximum illumination potential. It also promoted what it described as "one of the most comprehensive energy-saving, automated/web-enabled control systems available in the visual merchandising industry today."
     General LED Lighting introduced a new line of lamps that offers color temperatures, energy efficiency and long-life specifically for the retail market. These new retrofit LED lamps offer a wider range of retail applications that pay for themselves in less than a year, according to the company. The new lamp line ranges from small MR 16, PAR 20 and PAR 30 to PAR 38 and T8 types, most ideal for track, recessed ceiling, retail display and pendant fixtures purposes.
     Also new from General LED Lighting is the RATL (remote adjustable track lighting system) that consists of a linear track, track head, handheld remote aiming device allowing the light source in the track head to be rotated on both pan and tilt axes via the remote aiming device.
     The RATL Standard track head contains a medium socket accommodating any type screw-based halogen or metal halide PAR lamps. The linear track provides 120V AC to the light bulb. RATL LED version contains track head with LED light engine featuring General LED Lighting patent-pending Poin- GEN technology and advanced control features.
     Global Shop exhibitors also addressed other merchandising needs.
     For flexibility in changeable display signage and graphics, Avery Dennison's Avery Graphics Division introduced a series of multi-purpose ink jet media fi lm for use in revamping merchandise displays and locations to draw shoppers to a presentation. Called Ultra-Clear, the 2.0 mil polyester film can be reused for one year while still maintaining a good film finish, gloss level, adhesive performance and flexibility. It is easily removable from any display fixture, the company said.
     conVerd and Finch Paper LLC introduced substrates for digital wide-format, screen and commercial applications requiring full-color quality with environmental recyclable, renewable features. Their Enviroboard is designed for all wide-format signage retailing needs. Made with FSC-certified fiber including 10% post-consumer waste fiber, Enviroboard is made from renewable resources and is 100% recyclable. It can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications.
     DuPont Graphics showed a LifeCycle-based solution with Tyvek media to create wide-format banners, display graphics and bags. Known for lightweight strength, durability, drapeability and printability, Tyvek is also recyclable and reusable.
     Wire Weld Inc. showed two new wire shelving systems. The custom-coated design lends itself to fine textiles. Also new was a flexible wire system.
     New from Southern Imperial Inc. was a line of gravity-feed hooks, whose unique design provides proper slope to allow soft goods merchandise to face forward naturally for optimal product presentation in limited space. The hooks also have special, lubricious coating to aid in proper merchandise placement.
     They are available in 8-inch, 10- inch, and 12-inch lengths and use the company's FastFlip label holders.

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