Vegas Market Announces Webinar Dates For FIRST LOOK Program

Las Vegas Market announced the webinar dates for its signature FIRST LOOK program. The two 30-minute, CEU-accredited sessions will be presented on July 29 and Aug. 5 in advance of Summer 2020 Market. “Las Vegas Market is committed to providing relevant and timely trend information whether it be virtually or in person,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “Our five broad themes for summer 2020 will play an integral role in helping our customers plan for recovery both now and in the future.” The FIRST LOOK webinars will be presented by program curator and 24-year magazine editor Julie Smith Vincenti. FIRST LOOK – Summer 2020 Home Furnishings will take place from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (PST) on July 29 and FIRST LOOK – Summer 2020 Gift, Housewares, Textiles, and Tabletop will be from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (PST) on Aug. 5. For webinar information and registration, visit https://www.lasvegasmarket.com/about/webinars. The sessions will be connected to the following themes: TRADITIONAL-ISH: As Millennials approach new life stages, they are refining and redefining their style preferences. FIRST LOOK tracks the swing to transitional and traditional designs that recall past patterns and forms, yet still appeal to Millennials’ modern sensibilities. Corresponding exhibitor products include NB Poppy Bay Green pillow from Classic Home, Bhatia wool area rug from Feizy Rugs, Greenington Furniture’s Park Avenue bedroom collection, and Allendale chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting. PRINTS, CHARMING: Floral trends, especially small-scale and charming varieties that recall pastoral gardens, cottage living, and meadow-like settings, are captured in this FIRST LOOK chapter. Think perennials, florals, container gardens, and sweet and savory color palettes. Corresponding exhibitor products include KAS Rugs’ hand-tufted Sparta area rug, Pacific Coast Lighting’s Château Ariel table lamp, decorative accessories from Sagebrook Home, and floral arrangements from The Ivy Guild. SCREEN TIME: FIRST LOOK reboots for 2020 with office solutions and media furniture with tech-smart features and everyday comforts for the whole family. Corresponding exhibitor products include Langley sofa from Emerald Home, new bathroom vanities from Manhattan Comfort, Porter Designs’ Cullen sectional, and Twin Star Home’s adjustable-height desks. GATHER TOGETHER: Holiday celebrations with friends and family take on new significance in 2020. Think top picks for gift-giving, including easy-to-ship products, tech gadgets, treats for our four-legged family members, gear for sports lovers and solutions for city dwellers. Corresponding exhibitor products include holiday decor from Compendium Inc., assorted partyware from Meri Meri, Carry Along sketchbooks from OOLY, and CBD-infused personal care products from Shea Brand. TAKE CARE: FIRST LOOK heads to the kitchen, where baking, smart snacking and hydration housewares are a focus area. Corresponding exhibitor products include bread...

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IMC Repositions August Markets As Showroom Only Events

International Market Centers (IMC) announced that its August markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas will run as scheduled, but will be staged as showroom-only buying opportunities – with no tradeshow component – based on recent developments and guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “IMC’s mission is to create efficient, effective and compelling markets, but our markets must also be safe, secure and comfortable experiences for our customers – both tenants and buyers,” said CEO Bob Maricich. “During these unprecedented times, with the acceleration of COVID-19 cases and travel restrictions in many states, we must adapt our markets to responsibly meet the current needs of the industries we serve.” Participating permanent showrooms, which will be appointment-focused, will be open during previously published dates: World of Prom & Social Occasion, August 3-7, at AmericasMart Atlanta; August Atlanta Apparel, August 4-8, at AmericasMart Atlanta; Atlanta Market (Gift & Home), August 13-18, at AmericasMart Atlanta; and Las Vegas Market, August 30-September 3, at World Market Center Las Vegas. Based on recent surveys of tenants at each campus, as well as current qualified buyer registrations, IMC estimates that 50% of its showroom tenants will open at each market and approximately 40% of the traditional buyer base will attend. Participating tenants and buyers will be encouraged to set appointments to allow for social distancing and more effective management of traffic density and flow, and IMC will share lists of pre-registered buyers with participating showroom tenants to facilitate scheduling. IMC also will employ extensive digital resources, such as online exhibitor directories, way-finding apps, and new digital tools – including IMC’s ShopZio B2B ecommerce platform and Catalog Connexion software – to help virtually connect buyers and suppliers before, during and after market. Additionally, a full slate of virtual programming will complement the product offerings and provide a robust market experience. “As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our industry and economy, we remain agile and will continue to adapt as needed to provide safe solutions for our customers,” Maricich said. “IMC will support all of our showroom tenants and buyers who elect to conduct business on our campuses productively and responsibly, and we are committed to enabling commerce wherever, whenever and however possible. Our physical markets and our current and developing digital platforms and software together will be essential elements of recovery for our industry.” To facilitate a safer environment and to manage traffic flow and social distancing, pre-registration is required for all IMC markets this summer. IMC also has developed detailed and thorough cross-department protocols for buyer and tenant arrival, registration and departure. Temperature screening, contactless registration and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) are among required...

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Vegas Market Unveils Virtual Showhouse

Las Vegas Market announced its first-ever Build the Room: Virtual Showhouse, a project in which 12 well-known designers use cross-category exhibitor product to create a show-stopping room. The program, which will soon be live on the lasvegasmarket.com website, comes to life during two hour-long webinars on Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 when designers detail the ideas and inspirations behind their respective rooms.“Our Build the Room designers were given no budget or style restrictions, resulting in carte blanche creativity for their concepts,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “The Virtual Showhouse is an imaginative – and fun – way to showcase the breadth and depth of cross-category products available at the Las Vegas Market.”Participating designers include Britany Simon of Britany Simon Design House (lounge); Denise Morrison of Denise Morrison Interiors (master bedroom); Jannicke Ramsø of Tiny Little Pads (girls room); Jennifer Leonard of Nifelle Design (master bedroom); Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors (living room); Keia McSwain of Kimberly + Cameron Interiors & BIDN (dining parlor); Kerrie Kelly, FASID, of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab (home office); Lauren O’Connor of Sanctuary Design, Inc. (kitchen); Nicole Salceda of Eye For Pretty Interiors (living room); Nicole Yee of NY Interiors (family room); Rhonda E. Peterson of Rhonda Peterson & Associates (teen room); and Wendy Glaister of Wendy Glaister Interiors (home office).Las Vegas Market is the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., presenting 4,300+ furniture, home décor and gift resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of furniture, home décor and gift lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. Summer 2020 Las Vegas Market runs Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, 2020, at World Market Center Las...

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Vegas Market Offers Resources For Retail Recovery

With revised dates and enhanced safety protocols due to COVID-19 recovery, Las Vegas Market will present thousands of furniture, home décor and gift resources to buyers and designers. The summer 2020 market, which will be held Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, 2020, not only commemorates the event’s 15th anniversary but also marks the grand opening of The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, a 315,000-square-foot exposition facility that will house the market’s gift and home temporaries. “While the last few months have been tough, we’re excited to play a part in getting the industry back to business,” said Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. “Although some elements of the Las Vegas Market will look different this summer, we believe that the next phase of the recovery process starts here.” Assortment of Home Furnishings & Gift Resources This summer, Las Vegas Market will present 4,300+ furniture, home décor and gift resources in 5.4 million square feet on one easy-to-shop campus. For furniture, the market will showcase thousands of lines on 31 showroom floors. Within gift, Las Vegas Market will present thousands of resources on seven floors in Building C and in the Expo at World Market Center. For home décor, the market features hundreds of resources on 13 showroom floors in Buildings A, B and C, and in The Expo. Additionally, The Expo will debut during summer 2020 market with a tradeshow layout designed to enable social distancing and traffic control. The efficient-to-navigate facility offers seamless connection to Las Vegas Market’s permanent showrooms and includes six enhanced temporary category destinations: Design, Gift, Handmade, Home, Immediate Delivery and Luxe. As an added benefit to buyers, the summer 2020 Las Vegas Market also will run concurrently with the National Hardware Show, which runs Sept. 1 – Sept. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Programming Shifts Digital to Mirror Buyer Sentiment In line with buyer sentiment, Las Vegas Market’s programming and trend features will be presented through digital market channels before and after market. Pre-market educational webinar topics include Las Vegas Market’s proprietary FIRST LOOK and Ahead of the Curve trend programming, a first-time presentation of a Virtual Showhouse as well as programs addressing business practices during and after COVID-19, current market trends, color forecasting and more. Highlights also include daily showroom and temporary exhibitor videos, an Instagram Takeover with industry influencers and daily webinars. A full schedule of virtual programming will be announced soon. Summer market also will feature the first summer presentation of IMC’s Market Snapshot, which showcases product intros, bestsellers and notable lines and exhibitors coast to coast. Buyers can follow along on the Las Vegas Market...

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IMC Implements Together Safely Protocols

International Market Centers (IMC) today released its “Together Safely” plan for reopening its buildings in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas and preparing for Summer 2020 markets given the COVID-19 situation. The plan, which details safety mitigants and operational protocols for IMC facilities, staff, customers and third-party vendors, was developed by an IMC task force in consultation with a top epidemiologist and in concert with government mandates and public health recommendations. The full 30-page plan is available online at TogetherSafely.com. “As we prepare to reopen our campuses and our markets, the health and well-being of our customers and staff are the top priority for IMC,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “The Together Safely plan aims to address every moment of the campus experience and sets guidelines for each interaction – from arrival to departure – to ensure that we are creating an environment where all steps recommended by health and local officials have been taken to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from one individual to another.” IMC has continually monitored guidance issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), government leaders, industry groups and other experts throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In preparation for reopening of its facilities, IMC created a cross-functional team to produce a set of protocols which have been vetted by state and municipal officials as well as the Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. The resulting plan dictates that IMC reopen its campuses in four phases – pre-opening preparation, resumption of year-round business, recall of employees and resumption of markets – with specific guidelines for tenants, attendees and staff during each phase. Additionally, IMC has added physical mitigants on the campuses including the development of new contactless registration procedures, requirement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all attendees and staff, expanded sanitization policies and the implementation of social distancing and traffic control measures. The Together Safely protocols are mandatory for all during their time on each IMC campus and serve as recommended guidelines for tenants developing protocols for their own showrooms. “We have done the hard work of creating and implementing these new protocols so our buyers and suppliers can do their important work – sourcing and selling the products necessary for business reopening and economic recovery,” adds Maricich. Together Safely is positioned as a living document, to be revisited, reviewed, and revised on an ongoing basis as developments in the impact of COVID-19 may require. These protocols will be reevaluated by IMC and additions and refinement of these protocols will be posted to the website TogetherSafely.com before and during...

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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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