ATLANTA / LAS VEGAS – International Market Centers (IMC) is expanding industry partner programming and market participation this winter at its Atlanta Market (January 10-16, 2023 at AmericasMart Atlanta) and Las Vegas Market (January 29- February 2, 2023 at World Market Center Las Vegas).
“Industry associations and buying groups are keen to get back to markets for the Winter 2023 buying season,” noted Dorothy Belshaw, IMC executive vice president, chief customer officer. “As groups return after a pandemic-related hiatus, we are reimagining their presences at Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market. Augmented meetings and gatherings are opportunities for these groups to interact with the greater buying and selling community to showcase their immense value to the furniture, décor and gift industry.”
Leading Business Education
Groups are using Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market as major educational opportunities for members as well as all market attendees.
GC Buying Group hosts its GCX: Start the Year Conference exclusively at Atlanta Market when 80+ vendors and 160+ buyers assemble for education, a vendor showcase and multiple networking events including the GC Gala at Capital City Club and the Culinary Futures Scholarship Fundraiser in partnership with Les Dames d’Escoffier. Additionally, GC Buying Group will host the GCX Pop-Up in the Demonstration Kitchen in Building 2, Floor 8 where potential members can learn more about the organization.
Las Vegas Market expands its industry partner educational offerings with new programming by the by Interior Design Society (IDS) adding to existing partnerships with American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Business of Design (BOD) and the Home Furnishings Association (HFA). New in Winter 2023, IDS National presents a seminar about personal branding and a group mentoring session. The ASID California Central/Nevada Chapter leads a market tour of industry partners and a student tour. Business of Design Advocate-in-Chief Kimberley Seldon teaches a session about maintaining clear boundaries and offers live coaching sessions. HFA returns to Las Vegas Market to present 11 programs offering practical education in marketing and operations for furniture retailers. Additionally, representatives from ASID, Museum Store Association (MSA), the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the Zoo, Aquarium & Garden Buyers Group (ZAG) will serve as “Market Pros” sharing favorite product finds and market moments in takeovers of Las Vegas Market’s social media accounts.
Buying groups are tapping Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market to showcase member brands to new retailer and designers.
At Atlanta Market, four organizations have a presence on the show floor. Greeting Card Association’s *Noted at Atlanta Market Village presents ten up-and-coming brands. Museum Store Association’s (MSA) The Gallery Collection showcases 20+ members. Georgia Grown presents food products made in Georgia in a pavilion of nearly 20 brands in Gourmet. Fair Trade Federation will identify ten participating brands throughout the temporary exhibits.
Meetings and Gatherings
In addition to open events, IMC is staging multiple member-only meetings, vendor forums and private gatherings for groups.
In Las Vegas, Museum Store Association (MSA) and Zoo, Aquarium & Garden Buyers Group (ZAG) host board meetings. American Specialty Toy Retailing (ASTRA) presents a gathering space.
IMC is cultivating conversations between leaders of buying groups and associations through in-person gatherings at Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market. Launched virtually during COVID-19 pandemic Market disruption and now in-person, these gatherings are a unique opportunity for leaders to network, discuss member marketing and growth opportunities and gain key insights from Market organizers.
Atlanta Market is the industry’s premier gift, décor and lifestyle market. Housing the nation’s largest gift product mix complemented by a broad selection of home décor and casual furniture, it features more than 8,000 brands across all categories. Held semi-annually at AmericasMart Atlanta, Atlanta Market attracts retailers and designers from every U.S. state and more than 60 countries. Registration for the January 10-16, 2023, Atlanta Market is open now at AtlantaMarket.com.
Las Vegas Market is the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., presenting thousands of furniture, home décor and gift resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market’s diverse product offerings allow for cross-category commerce among these industries. The next Las Vegas Market runs January 29 – February 2, 2023, at World Market Center Las Vegas. Registration for the winter 2023 Las Vegas Market is open now at LasVegasMarket.com.
About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) serves as the center of commerce for the wholesale furniture, gift, home decor and apparel industries. With more than 20 million square feet of premium wholesale showroom space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. With the launch of Juniper, a fully integrated omnichannel B2B commerce solution and multiline B2B e-commerce marketplace empowering buyers and sellers to better manage and grow their business at markets and year-round, IMC now provides the only omnichannel sales and marketing platform that seamlessly connects physical and digital wholesale commerce. IMCenters.com.