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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High Point Market Goes Virtual

Following High Point Market Authority’s cancelation of the Spring 2020 High Point Market, International Market Centers (IMC) has announced the launch of “IMC High Point Virtual Market,” a three-week-long online experience that will feature product discovery and digital connections. These offerings, which include the debut of a new Catalog Connexion sourcing tool, as well as a series of pop-up virtual market events, will run on IMC’s High Point Market website from May 11 through May 29. “While we know that we cannot replace the value of physical markets, we also realize there is a real desire and need for the industry to connect virtually right now,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “We hope this new market will help bridge the gap in the home furnishing industry’s sourcing and shopping calendar by creating a digital experience that provides knowledge, practical business tips, and a platform for sourcing and discovery, as well as a much-needed sense of community.” Product Discovery Tools Include New Catalog Connexion The IMC High Point Virtual Market will include Catalog Connexion, a keyword-searchable catalog library that connects buyers and sellers through product flipbooks. 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, the system also provides buyers with one-click sales inquiries and generates leads for suppliers. “We were delighted to be able to adapt and enhance an existing IMC_di technology to address this immediate need for IMC’s High Point customers,” explained Eric Dean, president of IMC_di. “While we continue to develop our industry-wide state-of-the-art digital solutions, use of this technology is another example of IMC’s commitment to bridging physical and digital markets and connecting buyers and sellers wherever and whenever they choose to transact.” In addition to Catalog Connexion, the IMC High Point Virtual Market will contain other product discovery tools through original and third-party content, including IMC’s Market Preview and Market Snapshot program, an exhibitor product showcase, a trade publication preview, featured TrendWatch products, Instagram Takeover with industry influencers and a Virtual Showhouse. IMC High Point Virtual Market will be promoted to tens of thousands of retailers and designers who have attended High Point Market in the past. Complete details about these offerings will be available in early May. New and Enhanced Offerings Inspire and Build Community Connections During the virtual market, buyers and suppliers can enjoy a multitude of digital inspirations and online connections such as blogs, live webinars, pop-up virtual market events, business intelligence sessions and social media programs. The full schedule of daily activities and offerings will be available in early May....

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Jaipur Living Instagram Features Verde Home

Kent Schneider, founding co-partner of Verde Home, will take over Jaipur Living’s Instagram on Wednesday, April 22nd as part of the global rug and textile furnishing company’s live Trade Talk series during the month of April. Verde Home specializes in custom handmade rugs, upholstery, furniture, and accessories. Schneider will share his design inspiration along with a sneak peek at the Atlanta-based boutique home furnishings studio’s upcoming product launch with Jaipur Living. This is the fourth “Trade Talk” in the live series. Previous talks featured interior designers Sam Cram, Lori Paranjape, and Jaipur Living licensee Nikki Chu.  “A Well-Designed Business” podcast host LuAnn Nigara and Sandra Funk of House of Funk will appear on April 29’s Trade...

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High Point TrendWatch Goes Online

International Market Centers (IMC) announced today that its signature TrendWatch program – typically presented live at the Spring 2020 High Point Market – will now be presented as a series of free, half-hour CEU-accredited webinars on April 29, May 13 and May 27. The series will preview the three Spring 2020 TrendWatch trends – MEADOW, AVIARY and PENTHOUSE – through a live online presentation and “flip-books” showcasing products reflective of each theme. “In a time of social distancing, IMC is finding new ways to present relevant and compelling content to our buyers and suppliers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “This virtual showcase of colors, patterns and motifs that will influence future sales and consumer preferences will help our customers stay informed on product trends and position for business recovery.” Below is a brief description of each trend as well as its respective webinar date and time. To register for the webinar, please visit: http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/trendwatch MEADOW – April 29 at 1 PM EST (0.5 CEU) Small-scale florals, warm neutrals and hand-crafted embellishments thrive in TrendWatch’s MEADOW, a serene space that evokes prairieland dotted with wildflowers. The mood is quaint and romantic yet travels effortlessly to a metropolitan landscape. In MEADOW, we connect with nature — and the picturesque posts we upload seem to validate our effort. AVIARY – May 13 at 1 PM EST (0.5 CEU) TrendWatch’s color and pattern presentation for Spring 2020 celebrates avian motifs and patterns inspired by nature’s most colorful creatures. Artful abstracts that recall the works of modern masters nestle with feathery themes and designs. Greens, blues and incoming reds are hue headliners. PENTHOUSE – May 27 at 1 PM EST (0.5 CEU) The decade opens with renewed interest in neutrals, especially luxurious interpretations that emphasize finishing and form, so sparkle and shine meet sophisticated curation in TrendWatch’s PENTHOUSE. TrendWatch is curated by 24-year magazine editor and home furnishings trends forecaster Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media. “TrendWatch opens the decade with trends that highlight new hues, patterns and inspirations, and also builds on themes from past seasons,” explains Smith Vincenti. “MEADOW, for example, draws on incoming cottage-inspired florals and warm and cool hues, while at the same time serving as a blueprint for refreshing Hygge interiors. AVIARY is rooted in established tropical moods and maximalist tendencies, but it serves up fresh patterns that allow the designer and consumer to bring bold colors into interiors. Lastly, PENTHOUSE explores big city living with right-sized furnishings that emphasize form, as much as material and color.” As an added benefit, a free digital “flip-book” highlighting each trend...

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IMC_di Announces 2nd Wave Of Hires

IMC_di, the new digital innovation division of International Market Centers (IMC), announces its second wave of new hires, with the addition of another nearly 20 new staff for sales, development, implementation, marketing and customer success. “We are ramping up our staffing quickly to meet both short-term industry needs and long-term strategic objectives,” said Eric Dean, President of IMC_di. “We’ve expanded our customer success team to help onboard hundreds of expected new suppliers to our ShopZio B2B platform following IMC’s offer of free use through year-end. At the same time, our rapidly growing team of experienced technologists is enhancing our software solutions and developing the fully-integrated B2B industry platform that IMC_di will launch this fall.” IMC_di welcomes Teddy Pekalski as Sales Director, with responsibility for strategic planning, customer relationships and sales enablement as well as collaboration between physical and digital markets. Pekalski, a well-known figure in the gift and home industry, joined Whereoware in 2014 as Sales Manager. He serves on the Board of Directors of Gift for Life, the gift and home industry’s sole charitable organization, and is a member GIFT SHOP’s “40 under 40” Class of 2019. Other new hires will support IMC_di’s programming, development and customer support needs. Working from IMC_di’s offices in Juno Beach, FL, and Chantilly, VA, newly staffed positions include: Back End Developer, Customer Onboarding, Front End Developer, Product Manager, QA Engineer, Scrum Delivery Lead, Tech Lead, UI Developer and UX/UI Designer. With these latest additions, IMC_di has hired 30 new staff since its launch in January 2020. In total, the IMC_di staff now numbers more than 70. The company will continue to hire aggressively for technology and customer facing positions, with another 15-20 hires planned in the near term. Details about IMC_di career opportunities are available online at...

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