Anticipation Builds for January XBIZ Retail Retreat

Bob Johnson

LOS ANGELES — Executives, company owners, entrepreneurs and top-level managers are eagerly anticipating the upcoming XBIZ Retail Retreat — adult’s most intimate, exclusive and invaluable gathering of industry captains to be held this year at the luxurious Andaz Hotel on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip Jan. 14-17.

As part of the 2015 XBIZ 360 event series, the premiere retail networking conclave this year is on pace to deliver even more outstanding one-on-one private meetings — an opportunity that’s been the hallmark for what past participants have described as a “must-attend” for anyone serious about the fast-growing market segment.

The Retreat is billed as the only place where leading manufacturers and top retail buyers can get true, unparalleled face-to-face time with their peers and colleagues. As Perfect Fit Brand Sales’ Sean Browne exclaims, “The XBIZ business-to-business Retreat offers an exciting, yet intimate opportunity to meet one-on-one with key retailers and distributors in the adult novelty industry. This XBIZ event has definitely played a promising role in the sales growth between Perfect Fit Brand and our customer base over the last year.”

The sixth edition of the exciting Retreat will once again offer participants stylish suites in which to talk business in a truly unique and vibrant B2B vibe.

XBIZ Associate Publisher Sara Ramirez said this year’s function would set an unprecedented benchmark for new relationships and the meeting of old friends in posh surroundings. More than 100 buyers and vendors of pleasure products, lingerie and adult movies will be on hand.

“I can’t think of any other industry event that delivers such unsurpassed networking and business partnership opportunities. 2015 is being billed as one of the most exciting times for the retail sector in the last decade. So vendors and buyers should sharpen their pencils (and tablets), because it’ll be all about learning and making deals this year,” Ramirez said.

Leading adult film studio Girlfriends Films is one of the event’s veteran companies that’s especially excited about the upcoming Retreat. Studio President Moose said he’s looking forward to another amazing time – especially in Hollywood – right in his own back yard. “XBIZ always does an amazing job at the Retreat and this one I’m sure will be no different. There are always key players on hand and year-after-year, XBIZ manages to up their game. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and doing some great business.”

Richard Longhurst, co-founder of Lovehoney, also lauded the gathering and said, "The XBIZ Retreat was the ideal opportunity for Lovehoney to strengthen relationships with existing customers and generate new business. With the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie to be released on Valentine's Day 2015 — just months away — it was the ideal time to communicate the massive benefits of stocking the official Fifty Shades of Grey range. We were delighted with the reaction to our Page Collection and Sqweel Go. Thank you XBIZ for the opportunity to meet with quality buyers."

Top executives from retail giant Adam & Eve also commented on the Retreat’s past success and that they’re anxiously anticipating the January event. “The team from A&E Stores could not have been happier with the way the event turned out. Between the meetings, networking, and social events, we surpassed all the goals we had for the event and had a great time doing it.”

First time participants are equally stoked about becoming an industry “insider” by attending the exclusive Retreat.

Stag Shop’s Erin Anstey said, “We are looking forward to strengthening our business relationships and to establish new business. We are happy to be invited to attend as we have heard positive things about the success of this show. ”

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