Schedule For Final Week Of High Point Virtual Market Announced

For the second week in a row, International Market Centers’ (IMC) High Point Virtual Market allowed thousands to experience inspired programming, product discovery and a sense of community. The final week of Virtual Market runs May 26 – May 29, at www.imchighpointmarket.com. “We’ve seen record levels of engagement on IMC’s website as well as strong and consistent use of Catalog Connexion as a sourcing alternative during the first two weeks of the High Point Virtual Market Experience,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “As we head into the week three, we look forward to continued participation in our final slate of digital programming and offerings.” Virtual Showhouse has Successful High Point Debut Week two featured the launch of IMC’s first-ever Virtual Showhouse, a project in which six well-known designers used 46 IMC exhibitor products to “build” their ideal rooms. The Virtual Showhouse comes to life during a week three webinar titled “Virtual Showhouse – Build the Room Designer Discussion,” 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. During the hour-long presentation, designers Libby Landgon of Libby Langdon Interiors; Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates; and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage, will detail the ideas and inspirations behind their respective living room, library/home office and dining room selections. To learn more about the project and to see the designers’ finished rooms, visit http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/virtual-showhouse. Catalog Connexion Sees Spike in Week Two Use of IMC’s Catalog Connexion, a keyword-searchable catalog library, continued to increase in week two, with more new vendor catalogs being loaded on the site and more leads generated. By the end of week two, 53,866 visitors had viewed 281,070 catalog pages. IMC exhibitor Sagebrook Home has seen immediate results with Catalog Connexion, citing tangible increases in buyer interest thanks to the new tool. “We are seeing a significant uptake in leads due to joining IMC’s Catalog Connexion,” said Serena Martin, marketing director for Sagebrook Home. “Additionally, our web traffic has increased, new trade account applications have nearly doubled and we’re receiving more phone calls from buyers who have found our digital catalogs via Catalog Connexion.” Week Three Offerings The final week of High Point Virtual Market will present three webinars and a slew of exciting programs, including the continuation of IMC’s popular Instagram Takeover. Instagram Takeover went online with 15 leading designers and tastemakers taking over the DesignOnHPMkt Instagram account to share their favorite IMC exhibitor products and trends. To learn more about the program and the designers, visit https://www.instagram.com/designonhpmkt/. A complete schedule follows, and information and registration for these free sessions is available online at http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/webinars-and-events/. Recordings of the sessions are available at http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/previous-webinars. Monday,...

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New Product Launch Announced By Jaipur Living

Global rug and textile furnishings company Jaipur Living is pleased to announce the first of four introductions scheduled to launch this summer from June to September.  The product coinciding with the first launch goes live on the Jaipur Living website in June. “We’re excited to introduce our product in this way as it was inspired, in part, by input from our customers,” explained Asha Chaudhary, President and CEO of Jaipur Living. “Having a huge number of rugs to consider at one time can be daunting. We believe by breaking our releases into smaller introductions they will have a greater impact, making it easier for our customers to help create beautiful lives for their customers.” Jaipur Living’s first launch promises to ease you into summer with 25 eye-catching and easy care power loomed and performance rugs. Highlights: Vienne’s “blanc de blanc” looks are easy to design with, include a soft hand with lots of body and feature a hand-knotted vintage look in a power loomed construction Valentia offers bold yet subtle erased designs that are at home in different decors Hand-woven Finlay boasts engaging hounds tooth design and a heavy weave not often seen in performance rugs Our best-selling Cirque collection of power loomed rugs gets two new contemporary additions Delmara engages with powerful abstract designs that are perfect for modern and bohemian spaces New! VLN04 Valentia collection Tolani design Valentia is a collection of bold yet subtle erased designs that work seamlessly with many different decor types. Tolani mesmerizes with its stately updated traditional blue and gray medallion pattern. Power loomed in a polyester blend for a soft hand and lustrous finish. New! VNE10 Vienne collection Lourdes design The Vienne collection of easy-to-design-with blanc de blanc looks maintains a soft hand with lots of body. With a hand-knotted vintage appeal in an easy-going power loomed construction, Lourdes features a refined Oriental pattern and stately border in elegant tan and natural. CIQ37 Cirque collection Jasiel design The Cirque collection artistically melds contemporary appeal with the timeless and intricate beauty of Oriental designs. The Jasiel area rug features an elegant trellis chain and tiles pattern with a distressed gray and gold colorway that creates a vintage look on this power-loomed polyester blend accent. New! FNL01 Finlay collection Houndz design A stunning performance flatweave in a natural and blue trellis chains and tiles pattern that evokes a sophisticated hounds tooth check. Constructed of 100% polypropylene, making it easy care and kid and pet-friendly, Houndz truly brings the indoors outdoors. DLM02 Delmara collection Aegean design The Delmara collection Aegean rug features a beautiful, swirling abstract pattern that evokes the power of the Aegean Sea....

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IMC Announces Updates To Market Schedule

Following a comprehensive survey of its universe of gift and home furnishings buyers and suppliers, International Market Centers (IMC) announced updates to its summer 2020 markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas. IMC is postponing both markets until August, with Atlanta Market now running August 13 – 18 and Las Vegas Market running August 30 – September 3. IMC surveyed its entire buyer and supplier universe – 180,000+ retailers and designers and nearly 6,000 manufacturers and sales agencies across the gift, home furnishings and apparel industries with results which were statistically significant. Retailer respondents expressed immediate need for inventory, preference for buying new product from existing vendors and intent to source both at physical markets and on digital platforms. Survey results also indicated that COVID-19 related concerns about travel sentiment and market attendance will decrease over time and with key health and safety mitigants. Additionally, the utility of digital tools for sourcing and preparing for in-person markets was cited by many. “We believe that with modifications to Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market’s timing and format and implementation of rigorous health and safety protocols, IMC can deliver the markets our buyers need and are willing to attend,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “While we cannot currently gather in person, we look to meeting again at our markets this August.” Atlanta and Las Vegas Market Dates Shift Later in the Summer Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market are moving their dates from July to August. Atlanta Market – August 13 – 18. Temporaries will run for four days from August 14 – 17. Las Vegas Market – August 30 – September 3. Temporaries, which will be staged for the first time in the Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, are open August 30 – September 2. With these changes, Atlanta Market will be the first show of the gift and home industry’s summer market season and Las Vegas Market will offer the added benefit of running concurrently with the National Hardware Show, which runs September 1 – 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Both markets will feature new tradeshow layouts designed to enable social distancing and traffic control. In line with buyer sentiment, neither market will host at-market social gatherings for the summer editions. All programming and trend features will be presented through digital market channels before and after market. IMC Expands Health and Safety Protocols IMC’s COVID-19 response and remediation task force is developing thorough and detailed protocols for market production designed to ensure the health and safety of all those attending market. All back-to-business operating plans are being vetted to verify efficacy and identify best practices by...

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IMC Announces Seminar & Event Schedule For Virtual Market

International Market Centers (IMC) announced today an exclusive lineup of seminars and events and new product discovery opportunities for its “IMC High Point Virtual Market,” a three-week-long digital event running from May 11 through May 29 on IMC’s High Point Market website. Presented as webinars, the topics feature the trend forecasting and design inspiration which are hallmarks of IMC’s High Point Market programming plus timely information for planning for recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. The online event also will feature product discovery – including the debut of a new Catalog Connexion sourcing tool powered by IMC_di, IMC’s digital innovations division. “While disappointed that current conditions related to COVID-19 will not permit us to host a physical Spring Market, IMC is proud to offer our High Point Market customers the next best thing: a robust roster of inspiring programming and a new and innovative way to discover new product, all presented online,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “As we all navigate these unprecedented times, we hope that this online version of the market experience will encourage our community to continue to connect, engage and explore as we look toward the future and until we can gather again.” Brand-New Product Discovery Tool Offers Access to Hundreds of Thousands of Resources  The High Point Virtual Market experience will include product sourcing and discovery opportunities from nearly 400 catalogs through IMC_di’s Catalog Connexion, a keyword-searchable library of 40,000+ catalog pages. This simple, fast, visual and product-driven system allows suppliers to leverage their existing catalog assets and enables buyers to source across brands by keyword. In addition to visual search refinements capabilities, the system also provides buyers with one-click sales inquiries and generates leads for suppliers. The comprehensive Catalog Connexion is a collection of catalogs that represents every product category shown at High Point Market. As an added service to retailers and designers, following its debut during IMC’s High Point Virtual Market, Catalog Connexion will remain live and useable throughout the year. Virtual Market Activities  Additionally, the IMC High Point Virtual Market will present other programming and product discovery tools through original and third-party content, including IMC’s Market Preview, Market Snapshot program and featured TrendWatch products, an exhibitor product showcase, trade publication previews, an Instagram Takeover with industry influencers and a Virtual Showhouse. The virtual market will be promoted to tens of thousands of retailers and designers who have attended High Point Market in the past. The IMC High Point Virtual Market is available online at www.imchighpointmarket.com beginning May 11.  For more information on how to register for these free sessions, go to http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/high-point-virtual-market-lineup/. Schedule of Events (All times are Eastern Standard Time)  Monday, May 11  Welcome...

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New Online Resource Centers Launched By IMC

In a time of business disruptions due to the COVID-19 crisis, International Market Centers (IMC) is launching new online resource centers through its Atlanta, Las Vegas, and High Point Market websites. Through these new portals, buyers and exhibitors can continue to engage with each other, stay up-to-date on key trends and industry news, and access webinars and other rich content until physical markets are staged again. “The sense of community is a key element of our markets and marketplaces,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. “While currently we cannot gather in person, IMC is helping to fill that void by presenting relevant content and a creating a community that will keep our exhibitors and attendees connected during this difficult time.” With unique information tailored to each market experience, the market portals are comprehensive resources for retailers, designers and exhibitors to stay informed. Webinars produced by IMC and other industry thought leaders provide business-building educational opportunities; trend information and product previews showcase fresh and new merchandise; industry news digests showcase need-to-read stories; and market information, videos and previews help attendees make plans for upcoming markets. The IMC market portals can be accessed through the following links: Atlanta Market / AmericasMart: AmericasMart.com/atlantaremote Atlanta Apparel: AmericasMart.com/apparel-resources High Point: IMCHighPointMarket.com/high-point-market-remote Las Vegas Market / Las Vegas Design Center:  LasVegasMarket.com/were-all-in-this-together. The new resource pages complement product and vendor discovery currently available through IMC’s market websites – AmericasMart.com, LasVegasMarket.com and IMCHighPointMarket.com. As recently announced, IMC and its new digital innovation division, IMC_di, also are offering free subscriptions and transactions to IMC customers through year-end on ShopZio, its B2B digital platform with 35,000 verified buyers currently transacting on the platform representing millions of dollars in transactions every month. The e-commerce marketplace will be linkable directly from IMC’s market websites which already attract more than three million unique users a year enabling both robust product discovery and transactional e-commerce. “Our hope is that by continuing to provide enrichment and connection opportunities, we can help our buyers and suppliers prepare to successfully emerge from this crisis,” adds Belshaw. “While we are proud to offer these resources online for our customers, we cannot wait to gather again in person at our upcoming markets.” The current schedule is: June Atlanta Apparel: June 10-13, at AmericasMart Atlanta Market: July 14-20, at AmericasMart Las Vegas Market: July 26-30, at World Market Center Las Vegas and the EXPO at World Market Center Las Vegas World of Prom: August 3-7, at AmericasMart August Atlanta Apparel: August 4-8, at AmericasMart  ...

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Nourison To Host Virtual Spring Market

Nourison will host a virtual spring market from May 5 – May 14, 2020. The two-week virtual market is designed to help Nourison connect with dealers and interior designers and discuss how to best support them and their business needs in the current environment. “Spring is always an exciting time in our industry to connect with all our partners” said Andrew Peykar, president at Nourison. “Since we are not connecting face-to-face, we wanted to create a virtual event that would still allow us to communicate with our customers and work through our current challenges and discuss plans for the future.” The Virtual Spring Market will consist of daily live events, guest speakers and business discussions. Nourison plans on connecting with as many people as possible, by providing digital communications and presentations through e-blasts, landing pages, imagery and videos. Nourison also plans on hosting an online One-of-a-Kind VIP event and IG Live conversations with designers. A virtual “Happy Hour” will also be held to share stories and allow customers to connect with each other. Designers and dealers will also have a better understanding of how to easily view and place orders at www.nourison.com. Spring market participants will also be able to take advantage of special discounts and promotions, and continue one-on-one conversations with Nourison sales reps. “We started 2020 by challenging ourselves to better prepare Nourison for the next 40 years. The Coronavirus Pandemic has made that challenge harder, but it has forced us to think and work differently. Our Spring Virtual Market is a product of that new thinking and a new way for us to connect with our industry and support our partners in this challenging time” said Peykar. To find out more about Nourison’s Virtual Spring Market and to register, visit...

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