Day one at SIA got off to a great start. Despite concerns of low attendance at other recent trade shows, the traffic seemed on par with years’ past and booths were packed to the gill. Vendors were reporting solid orders and there were a number of new lines and brands representing their new innovations. The buzz word of the day being bandied about was “value,” and if anything the mood seemed a bit more business focus than in the past. However, with the last day of an era looming shortly down the road the energy is probably just building.