The Las Vegas Market has slated a lineup of virtual programming to be presented before, during and after the summer 2020 market, August 30 to September 3, which has been recast as a showroom-focused event.
In line with buyer feedback, programming associated with the summer market will now proceed digitally rather than as part of on-site sessions at the Las Vegas World Market Center. Potential participants can find a list of the free sessions and information on how to register is at www.lasvegasmarket.com/about/webinars.
Las Vegas Market will present buyers and designers with a slate of timely webinars addressing a range of topics including business practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, current market trends, product discovery during market, retail trends and diversity and inclusion.
It will host three proprietary webinars addressing trend forecasting. The First Look program will run across two 30-minute, CEU-accredited webinars entitled First Look— Summer 2020 Home Furnishings and Summer 2020 Gift, Housewares, Textiles and Tabletop. Another CEU-accredited trend-focused program is the Ahead of the Curve: Designers Filip Malyszko and Steve Somogyi of steve + filip design, Meredith Ellis of Meredith Ellis Design, and Sandra Espinet of S.E. Design Services will share insights and opinions about the hottest new directions and designs in home furnishings.
Other virtual sessions will cover a collection of relevant topics such as Decor: The Power of Pop, Lighting: It’s Technical!, Market ReOrientation: Prep For Productivity in a New Environment, Entertaining at Home– Houseware and Gourmet Must-Haves, Re-Imagining Buying & Selling: Reposition Your Retail Strategy, Gift Giving 2020: What Consumers Want, Designing an Uncommon Life, and Build the Room— A Virtual Showhouse Part 1 and Part 2.
Las Vegas Market also will sponsor two industry events: the Retailer Excellence Awards on August 4, which features a Gift for Life text-to-donate campaign benefiting the Dallas-based A Sister’s Gift Women’s Center, and the 2020 ANDYZ Awards, on August 12, presented by Las Vegas Design Center and the California Central/Nevada Chapter of ASID.
“An expansive lineup of trend-focused and business-building educational programming is a staple of the Las Vegas Market experience, and we’re delighted to provide that content virtually when in-person programming isn’t feasible,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. “These digital alternatives, presented by industry thought-leaders and retail experts, will provide the same impact that Las Vegas Market participants have come to expect.”