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Nourison To Host Virtual Summer Market On August 18

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Nourison will host a virtual summer market on August 18, 2020 at 1pm EST. The virtual market is designed to connect with Nourison dealers and interior designers who are unable to attend Atlanta or Las Vegas Market. Nourison will also be showing at Atlanta and Las Vegas Markets. The hour-long Zoom session will start with a short business discussion, followed by a designer chat with David Santiago of Casi Santi Interior Design. Nourison will then preview new introductions for area rugs, carpets and home accents. Nourison will support the virtual market with digital communications via e-blasts, landing pages, online catalogs, imagery and videos. The live session will be recorded and made available on www.nourison.com/summermarket2020 to anyone not able to attend the live session. “Hosting a virtual market allows us to safely connect with customers that we can’t see in-person and also allows us to connect with customers that normally do not attend markets” said Andrew Peykar, president at Nourison. “After receiving so much positive feedback from our Spring Virtual Market, we knew this was a format that we needed to continue hosting.” Designers and dealers attending the virtual market will be able to take advantage of special promotions and place discounted orders at www.nourison.com. During these summer markets, Nourison will be introducing over 100 new products, including the hand-knotted, Tibetan-inspired Plateau area rug collection, with textured stripes in an earth tone palette. New designs will be added to Prismatic, Starry Nights and kathy ireland® Home Malta area rug collections. Prismaticstyles will feature abstract painterly designs in multicolor and seafoam/silver colors. Starry Nights, with Nouri-Guard™ fiber protectant, will include intricate floral patterns enhanced with a vintage fade technique, in blush, blue and grey tones. The kathy Ireland® Home Malta Collection will introduce new designs with classic Persian motifs and vintage style in blue, grey, beige and ivory. Mina Victory Home Accents will be launching a fresh, chic whimsical Sofia Collection for relaxed, comfortable style, as well as the Plush Collection for kids. New decorative throw pillows will center on soft blush, bright yellow and deep navy colorways. Trade customers can register for Nourison’s Summer Virtual Market at www.nourison.com/summermarket2020 The Nourison showrooms during Atlanta and Las Vegas Market will be open for the duration of the markets, with limited staff present. Attendees are encouraged to make an appointment in advance, or stop by at their earliest convenience. Nourison will continue to take precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 by having hand sanitizer and antibacterial spray on-hand, having attendees remain 6 feet apart, and providing attendees with customized Nourison...

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IMC Announces Virtual Programming And Expanded Resources For Designers

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International Market Centers (IMC) announced that Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC) will debut a new showroom at Summer Las Vegas Market, Aug. 30 – Sep. 3, 2020 and present two virtual programs in August including its monthly First Friday webinar and the 2020 ANDYZ Awards presentation. “LVDC continues to grow as the premier designer resource in Southern Nevada and the Southwest,” said Cain Brodie, general manager of LVDC. “We remain committed to providing the trade with a unique, well-rounded selection of key manufacturers and products. And like everyone else, are learning how to adapt to this new business environment.” New Showroom Debuts in LVDC Las Vegas Design Center is home to nearly 30 to-the-trade showrooms showcasing 120+ product lines. This summer, lighting leader Visual Comfort & Co. will debut a new 2,656-square-foot showroom (A109). The new space will serve as a western hub for the bellwether company and feature its Visual Comfort, Tech Lighting, Generation Lighting and Monte Carlo Fans lines. Other key LVDC resources include manufacturer’s representative Area West; Capel Rugs; Eastern Accents; European Bath, Kitchen, Tile & Stone; Four Hands; Global Views; Leftbank Art; Phillips Collection and Vanguard Furniture, among others. Design-Driven Programming Takes Center Stage this August LVDC’s “First Friday” seminars are free to designers and feature a wide range of speakers and educational content geared toward the interior design community. The August webinar, titled Design Triage 2020: Pivot Your Business for Today’s Challenges, is presented by Terri Taylor, founder of Interior Design Business Academy, and gives insight into overcoming uncertainty to discover new design business opportunities. The session is from 10 to 11:30 (PT) on Friday, Aug. 7. For more information and registration, go to https://interiordesignbusinessacademy.com/design-triage-2020-las-vegas/. Las Vegas Design Center and the California Central/Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) also will present the 2020 ANDYZ Awards from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, Aug. 12. During the virtual celebration, 10 winners will be recognized for their design savvy. The 2020 ANDYZ awards winners are: Best Residential Bathroom Design: Wendy Glaister of Wendy Glaister Interiors in Modesto, California Best Commercial Design: Jamie Stringham of Interior Dynamics and Laura Fullow of Laura Fullow Designs in Las Vegas Best Custom Furnishings Design: Emily Roose of Emily Roose Interiors in Truckee, California Best Hospitality Design: Karen Buttrum and Casey Clark of MBA Architecture + Interior Design in Reno, Nevada Best Residential Interior Design: Marcio Decker of Aspen Leaf Interiors in Reno, Nevada Best Kitchen Design: Christopher Grubb of Interiors Design Group in Los Angeles Best Multiple Residential Design: Lori Brazier of House of Brazier in Sacramento Best Showroom Design: Michele Youell of Natural Domain Interiors in Las Vegas Best Outdoor Space Design: Christopher Grubb of Interiors Design Group in Los Angeles Best Student Design: Marisol Coria, 2020 Graduate of California State University at Fresno in Fresno, California The ANDYZ Awards were created in 2015 to recognize exceptional design from interior designers, architects and design students. Interior design projects in residential, commercial and hospitality categories were judged by a panel of ASID board members and by an editorial member from media sponsor Furniture, Lighting and Décor on five main criteria: presentation; innovation/creative use of space; scale and functionality; aesthetics; and overall execution. In addition to being recognized during the event, the 10 honorees will...

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IMC To Address Diversity And Inclusion At August Webinar

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International Market Centers (IMC) will present two webinars on Aug. 6 addressing diversity and inclusion issues impacting the gift, home furnishings and apparel industries. Each hour-long session includes powerhouse industry voices who will share their experiences as designers, retailers and leaders. These webinars are an extension of IMC’s recently formed Diversity & Inclusion Network which strives for universal inclusion and a diverse and tolerant workplace. “IMC is committed to providing the industry-at-large with timely and relevant content and none is more important than inclusiveness and representation during the current social justice movement,” said Dorothy Belshaw, chief marketing and digital officer. “As IMC works towards a more welcoming and inclusive environment for our team members, regardless of differences in race, gender or sexuality, we offer these webinars as an opportunity for the industry to consider diversity issues in our marketplaces.” A Conversation about Diversity in Retail explores best practices in diversity and inclusion, gives insights into steps companies are taking and discusses results. Presenters are Terence Morris, IMC’s senior vice president of gift leasing and DeAnna J. McIntosh, global retail and e-commerce consultant. The webinar, which is presented by Atlanta Apparel and World of Prom & Social Occasion takes place on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. (EST). Diversity in Today’s Market addresses today’s diverse consumer marketplace and how that diversity influences business and design. Panelists are Breegan Jane, founder of Breegan Jane Interior Design; Rachel Moriarty, lifestyle brand CEO and principal interior designer at Rachel Moriarty Interiors; Katrena Griggs, president, founder and showroom pioneer of Curated Home Brands; and Ron Woodson, co-founder and principal designer of Woodson & Rummerfield House of Design. The webinar, presented by Las Vegas Market and Atlanta Market and moderated by IMC’s Cindy Hodnett, takes place on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. (EST). Registration for both webinars is free and can be completed on the Atlanta Market Remote page at www.AmericasMart.com/AtlantaRemote, the Las Vegas Market webinar page at www.LVMKT.com/Webinars or the Atlanta Apparel webinar page at www.AmericasMart.com/events. These webinars join dozens of upcoming and past webinars that are accessible online in lieu of in-person programming at the markets this summer. IMC’s Commitment to Diversity In June, IMC created a Diversity and Inclusion Network, an internal taskforce compromised of 12 employees across the company’s departments and campuses, and co-captained by three employees: Terence Morris; Kempen Olivier, director of security and safety; and Danielle Hall, IT project manager. The Network seeks to achieve four primary goals: create community for diverse professionals at IMC; develop programming and forums addressing diversity, inclusion, human rights and social justice; implement policy changes at IMC supporting diversity and equal opportunities for advancement; and provide a platform for thought leadership in the gift, home furnishings and apparel industries. IMC’s Summer Markets are: World of Prom & Social Occasion: August 3-7, 2020 at AmericasMart Atlanta August Atlanta Apparel: August 4-8, 2020 at AmericasMart Atlanta Atlanta Market: August 13-18, 2020 at AmericasMart Atlanta Las Vegas Market: August 30 – September 3, 2020 at World Market Center Las Vegas Pre-registration is required for all IMC markets this summer. Registration information is available at www.AmericasMart.com and...

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IMC Webinars Announced For Pre-Market Planning

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International Market Centers (IMC) is presenting two webinars exploring post-COVID-19 retail strategy as a planning tool for its Summer 2020 markets. Presented together by Atlanta Market (August 13-18) and Las Vegas Market (August 30-September 3) relevant topics include how top retailers have adapted their businesses to the new normal and tips for updating stores designs for reopening. “Coast to coast, IMC’s markets are in the business of supporting retailers as they get back to business,” said Dorothy Belshaw, chief marketing and digital officer. “We’re tapping our vast network of experts, trendsetters and thought leaders to provide guidance, tools and actionable plans for retailers as they tackle the hard work of reopening their stores in a post-COVID-19 world. The timing of these webinars allows retailers to act on the advice as they source at the Summer 2020 markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas.” “Re-Imagining Buying & Selling: Reposition Your Retail Strategy” features retailers Mary Liz Curtin of Leon & Lulu, Elizabeth P. Montgomery of Boxhill & Co. and Dirk Lorenz of Fremont Flowers in a conversation with Lilly Stamets of Premier Retail Consulting about how retail is rapidly transforming with the acceleration of digital and the shortening of the innovation cycle. The power-packed panel will share how they have adapted their digital presences, assortments and services to capitalize on their unique selling propositions. Attendees will learn the brand-new ways these retailers are showcasing, selling and delivering products and be inspired to creatively reimagine their businesses. The webinar takes place on Monday, August 10 at 1:00pm EDT/10:00am PDT. In “ReImagine, ReOpen & ReEngage – Visual Merchandising Transformed,” Gretchen Kroll of Tripar International, Inc. will explore how the events of 2020 have impacted visual design and how retailers can visually transform their stores as they reopen. Attendees will learn how consumers decipher visual data and explore how the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for retailers to take a step back and implement powerful visual tools that will alter the way they showcase products. They will learn tactics to build a stronger store, get a check list of new design tools and gain an understanding of the consumer psyche that will enable them to visually engage customers and grow their businesses. The webinar takes place on Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00pm EDT/1:00pm PDT. Registrations is free for the webinars and can be completed on either the Atlanta Market Remote page at AmericasMart.com/AtlantaRemote or the Las Vegas Market webinar page at LVMKT.com/Webinars. These webinars join dozens of upcoming and past webinars that are accessible online in lieu of in-person programming at the markets this...

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Vegas Market Announces Webinar Dates For FIRST LOOK Program

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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 makers from Ankarsrum, pastry rollers from Betty Bossi, Corkcicle’s new Canteen Carry Sling, and serveware from The Stout Companies. “Efficient sourcing starts with FIRST LOOK, whether you’re traveling to Las Vegas Market virtually or touring showrooms in person,” Vincenti explained. “Our fast-paced webinars are a virtual short course for buyers and designers. We’re showcasing new and noteworthy products in all product categories, and we’re aligning our picks with meaningful trends for current times.” As an added benefit, free digital flipbooks highlighting each theme and corresponding exhibitor product selections will be available following each webinar at https://www.lasvegasmarket.com/for-attendees/trends/first-look. Las Vegas Market is the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western...

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IMC Repositions August Markets As Showroom Only Events

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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 components of IMC’s Together Safely daily and market operation protocols. Fall markets will operate as previously scheduled: VOW | New World of Bridal®, September 15-17, at AmericasMart; Fall Design Week, September 21-23, at AmericasMart; High Point Market, October 13-21; October Atlanta Apparel, October 13-17 (showrooms) and October 14-16 (temporaries), at AmericasMart; and Fall Cash & Carry, November 3-5, at...

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Vegas Market Unveils Virtual Showhouse

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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

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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 social media pages – @LasVegasMarket on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – and at www.lasvegasmarket.com/marketsnapshot. Together Safely In consultation with a top global epidemiologist, IMC introduces new “Together Safely” protocols including the required use of personal protective equipment (PPE), temporal monitoring, social distancing, occupancy control, hand sanitizing/cleansing and significantly enhanced housekeeping. IMC encourages attendees to prepare for the market by familiarizing themselves with the protocols at www.TogetherSafely.com. As an extension of Together Safely, IMC will institute new registration requirements this summer. Elements include contactless badging, phased access and capacity limitations. Pre-registration for summer market, which is mandatory, is available here. Hotel booking through the Las Vegas Market’s official housing partner, Connections...

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IMC Implements Together Safely Protocols

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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 each IMC...

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Schedule For Final Week Of High Point Virtual Market Announced

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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, May 25 Memorial Day – No programming Tuesday, May 26 Crafting and Communicating Your Brand Messaging Wrap-Up Diane Falvey (Furniture, Lighting and Décor) and Panel Discussion 3 – 4 p.m. In partnership with Furniture Lighting & Décor Share your insights and what you’ve learned in this group forum webinar. We want to know how you’ve benefited from these Think Tank seminars and give you an opportunity to share your insights on the subject as well. Join us for a lively discussion to wrap up two weeks of in-depth dives into crafting and communicating your brand message. Wednesday, May 27 Trendwatch Part 3 – PENTHOUSE Julie Smith Vincenti (Nine Muses Media)...

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