The 2020 Fall High Point Market wrapped up a nine-day expanded schedule that was executed with a multitude of safety measures in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and generated strong order writing, according to its host, the High Point Market Authority.
Registration numbers for the Fall High Point Market tracked at 55% of fall 2019’s figures for buyer companies, HPMA noted.
Given current travel restrictions, particularly for anyone outside the United States, and the largest premarket on record, market authority officials acknowledged that traffic patterns into High Point would be different than was the case in previous years.
“We knew this market would be different, but we also knew both buyers and sellers were counting on us to open since home furnishings sales are so strong right now. High Point is where they wanted to be,” said Tom Conley, HPMA president and CEO. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our state and local health partners, the exhibitors who committed to open, the buyers who chose to come, our loyal industry and community partners and service providers, and all the staff and attendees who diligently followed our safety guidelines onsite, I am elated we were able to successfully execute fall market. It was important to demonstrate that it could be done safely, and now we look ahead to spring market 2021 knowing what needs to be done if we’re still in the midst of a pandemic come April.”
Spring market will return to the typical five-day schedule running from April 17 to 21, 2021. Registration will begin in late January.