Three industry associations joined the High Point Market Authority in support of its new three-period safe attendance plan for the fall market running October 13 to 21.
Support from the plan has come from the American Home Furnishings Alliance, International Home Furnishings Association and the Home Furnishings Representatives Association.
The organization recently expanded the trade show format, which it designed to help spread out attendance and accommodate an expected reduction in market showroom and building capacity based on federal and state guidelines for reducing spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The revised schedule expands the normal five-day market to nine days divided into three, three-day periods for two defined regions covering the United States. Domestic buyer and exhibitor attendees select their primary attendance period based on the home state of their company headquarters. The associations urged industry representatives to make appointments early, confine market appearances to the nine-day schedule and hold off making product commitments to the end of that period.
“Industry wide support for the staggered attendance schedule is crucial for keeping all market participants safe and healthy,” said Tom Conley, HPMA president and CEO. “Cooperation is also necessary to ensure equal and fair access to the multitude of product offerings available at High Point Market, and we are pleased to partner with IHFRA, HFA and AHFA with regards to implementation. High Point Market remains a place for buyers and sellers to congregate, conduct and grow business. This fall, our top industry associations are in agreement that we will work together to support these goals while ensuring a safe and productive experience for everyone associated with market.”