Vape Expo Poland, which will be held March 4-6 in Warsaw, has announced some of its guest speakers for the event. Topics discussed will include regulations for the European Union, what to do in response to the new TPD regulations, how to market to specific markets and general information about many of the individual markets in and around the European Union. Additionally, speakers will talk about the challenges and the potential of growing into the Poland market.
Chris Dodge, director of the Global Vaping Association, also is the International Sales Manager at E-Gen Vaping Products. He is a world recognized expert on marketing of consumer goods. He is working with the European Union in forming regulations for the vaping industry. His report will focus on marketing and regulatory matters for lay people for our industry that are currently being proposed for the European Union. He also will discuss the needs of the brand owners and of the importer to insure the rapid and steady growth of the products in the European Union.
Tim Phillips is the founder and managing director of ECigIntelligence.
Austin Hopper is president at REVOL Vapors.
Beju Lakhani is the founder and CEO of Moshi E-Liquids, based in Toronto, Canada. In addition, he is the president of the Canadian Vaping Association and a guest columnist for Vapun Magazine. The theme of his speech will be Effectively Utilizing Technology in the Vaping Industry, specifically looking at how businesses can build highly scalable infrastructure without incurring enterprise level costs. He will look at the various applications available to businesses and how and why they should be implemented.
Luis Velazquez will speak to those that have shops or want to open shops on ways to help their business. Velazquez is vice president of E-Generation, and has been involved in the tobacco industry for 10 years. His experience over the years includes management in retail, wholesale and currently manufacturing since 2012 as the VP of E-Generation. He has seen the vaping industry go from early development in the United States to an international established market that is here to stay. His seminar will offer ideas on how to lower your costs, how to improve your profits and how to work with the local community in a more positive light so the general public can better understand the benefits of vaping.
The event’s business to business conference will include instructional seminars to help those who want to enter this exciting region.
December not only marks the last month of the year, but it also is a milestone for the state of North Carolina. A state law went into effect on Dec. 1 mandating childproof packaging and warning labels on all e-liquids. Violators of the sale of non-compliant packaging face a Class A1 misdemeanor charge. The packaging must make it “significantly difficult” for those under 5 to open, and the warning labels must be “consistent with rules adopted by the North Carolina Commission for Public Health, JournalNow.com reports.
North Carolina also is one of the 24 states that prohibits sales to minors under 18, and this Bill, deemed Senate Bill 286, passed on July 8.
Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, bill co-sponsor, told JournalNow.com that he views the bill as “an educational tool, as much as a warning, for all ages of the potential harm” from e-liquids. He said that he is concerned about “the bootleggers of these liquids who are selling products without warning labels, either from recipes they make themselves or they get from suppliers.”
Several years ago, the Obama Administration—through executive action—began regulating the sale of various types of firearm ammunition. Consequently, due to a prevailing fear among gun owners that the aforementioned ammo might either soon be in short supply or out of stock entirely, many shoppers began stockpiling ammunition. So, instead of regulation hindering the sale of ammunition—in the short term scheme of things—we actually saw a dramatic increase in overall purchasing.
Enter the deeming regulation of vaping products. While it is without question that much of what is being proposed by the FDA will ultimately have an adverse impact on the industry, what transpires over the first several months might influence the owners of vape stores to spend massive amounts of money with e-liquid manufacturing companies to ensure they have exhausted as much of their resources as possible before the regulatory sphere interferes with their bottom line. In turn, consumer behavior will very likely be tantamount to gun owners who stockpiled ammunition in years past. The worst case scenario would be having this industry turn into a profitable black market akin to the prohibition of alcohol because the reality is vaping is not going anywhere.
So, whether it’s ammo or e-liquid, regulation may not always affect the change regulatory agencies seek to implement. In the meantime, join the fight to preserve vaping as a viable smoke-free alternative by becoming active with SFATA, CASAA and other advocacy groups.
Forbes.com reports that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks a ban on smoking. There are more than 700,000 public housing units in the United States, with more than 500,000 of those inhabited by the elderly or disabled. A 60-day public comment period is in effect for the new proposal.
Forbes reports several implications for smokers/vapers, including those with low incomes, disabled or mentally ill not being able to have access or the funds to e-cigarettes, which aren’t yet folded into the proposed ban, but could be.
Hud told Forbes that it “encourages Publich Housing Authorities that already have smoke-free policies to consider whether electronic nicotine delivery devices should be included in their smoke-free policies.”
For the full story, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/sallysatel/2015/11/17/why-hud-should-allow-vaping-in-public-housing/.
- Vape stores, online retailers and wholesalers should increase diversity of products
- Don’t just focus on the U.S. market; take care of your European and Asian customers/distributors/wholesalers
- Keep up with information exchange and appreciate the diversity of the industry
- Tully says there are between 10 and 14,000 vape stores in the United States
- Vape stores with stellar customer service and adaptability thrive
- Online stores still are thriving due to being able to sell the newest and hottest items first, no limited space and providing a place for online forums/product reviews
For the full story, visit http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/expanding-retail-opportunities-in-the-us-vape-segment/377942/.