A survey of the gift, home furnishings and apparel industries commissioned by International Market Centers has determined that, although the COVID-19 crisis has affected all retail sales across the U.S., store owners and operators are looking toward reopening and recovery, and expressing a near-term need for new products.
Based on an extensive industry survey, International Market Centers has updated its summer 2020 market schedule. IMC is postponing markets until August, with its next Atlanta Market running August 13 to 18 and Las Vegas Market running August 30 to September 3.
In line with the required closure of Nevada casinos and non-essential businesses, International Market Centers is closing the Las Vegas World Market Center and Las Vegas Design Center to the public for 30 days.
International Market Centers and the organizers of The International Surface Event have formed a partnership, and will run a free and continuous shuttle service for buyers attending the trade shows they will run concurrently in Las Vegas in January 2020.
International Market Centers has boosted its furniture and home décor leasing team with a new hire, Dale Schmidlin, now director of home décor leasing; and the promotions of Chris Amos to director of home décor leasing and John Dwiggins to director of furniture leasing.
International Market Centers is expanding its buyer services team by focusing new and existing staff with expertise in four primary market categories— gift, home decor, furniture and apparel— on supporting retailer representatives at its trade shows.
International Market Centers along with local officials including mayor Carolyn Goodman, broke ground on The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, IMC’s 315,000-square-foot exhibition facility slated to open in summer 2020.
The new and featured products LumiSource prepared for the company’s Winter Las Vegas Market showroom include items for work, dining and just regular old relaxing.
Bush Industries prepared to celebrate its 60th anniversary at the Winter Las Vegas Market by planning a party on Monday, January 28, 3 to 5 p.m., but it set an ambitious new product launch program, too.
Kathy Ireland will help Bush Industries kick off its Diamond 60th anniversary celebration at the company’s showroom during the Winter Las Vegas Market.
To enhance visitor experience and increase buyer participation, International Market Centers said it will launch a three-year, $280 million investment in new initiatives to enhance its market participation in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas.
Among the initiatives Soft-Tex has planned for the Winter Las Vegas Market, slated for January 27 to 31, is the introduction of the new Sleep Addict luxury bedding brand.
Twin Star Home has donated more than 160 products to two Las Vegas non-profit organizations, Habitat for Humanity and Veterans Village.
International Market Centers has formed a partnership with the city of Las Vegas that will result in the construction of a 350,000-square-foot Expo Center on the IMC-operated World Market Center campus which will provide temporary space for the established twice-yearly furniture, gift and home decor show as well as the basis of, potentially, new permanent showroom space.