To address business disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, International Market Centers and its digital innovation division will provide free subscriptions and transactions to customers through year-end on ShopZio, its business-to-business digital platform.
Acquired as part of the recently launched IMC_di initiative, ShopZio is a fully-functional B2B platform that facilitates product and resource discovery as well as transactional e-commerce. IMC will waive all marketplace fees for the balance of the year for both new and existing ShopZio customers. The B2B platform also links directly from IMC’s market websites— AmericasMart.com, IMCHighPointMarket.com and LasVegasMarket.com— enabling product discovery and referrals to vendor e-commerce platforms.
IMC_di also is accelerating development of its new digital market experience, to launch this fall, as a service that will create opportunity and streamline digital tools for the furnishings, gift and apparel industries.
“The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted business quickly and significantly. While ensuring the health and safety of our staff and customers is our top priority, we also have been able to start planning for recovery, and we will use our virtual market tools to help our customers do the same,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “To that end, we are offering gift, home and apparel suppliers virtual market tools, at no charge through the end of the year, to help our customers maintain visibility, market available products and transact business digitally as recovery begins.”
Maricich added that as recovery begins “and the American public emerges from this difficult period, one thing is certain: People will reach for the things that provide comfort, beauty and solace— the very things that our industries design, produce and sell. As retailers reopen for business and begin to restock, these virtual market tools will have established a pipeline to jump-start much needed economic recovery for the gift, home and apparel industries.”
IMC pointed out that it is continuing to plan for summer markets in High Point, Atlanta and Las Vegas. The current schedule is: High Point Market: June 12 to 14, in High Point, NC; Atlanta Market: July 14 to 20, at AmericasMart; Las Vegas Market: July 26 to 30, at World Market Center.