HPMA: October High Point Market attendance off by 60%

Early estimates from the High Point Market Authority show market traffic through Monday was between 35% and 40% of what it was last fall, making turnout at the nine-day event better than expected for many exhibitors.

Taken largely from data from on-site scanners, the 35% estimate is based on attendance by individuals at market compared with October 2019. The 40% estimate is based on the number of companies here this market compared with last October, which officials said was the highest attended market in the past 12 years.

An update on attendance through Wednesday – the final day of the Oct. 13-21 event – is expected later in the week.

However, the early estimates, presented to the HPMA board on Wednesday, show what to expect overall, as those final numbers are tabulated. Many exhibitors interviewed by sister brand Furniture Today at market also said they expected attendance to end up between 15% and 50% of normal attendance.

According to data provide to the market authority, attendance from the West Coast was the lowest – as anticipated – at 25% from last year, while the Midwest and Southwest were better than expected at 34%. Attendance from the Southeast, mostly drive-in traffic

NY Now cancels winter 2021 in-person market

NY Now has decided to cancel its in-person Winter 2021 Market originally scheduled for Feb. 7-10, 2021, due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government restrictions and the current closure of the Javits Convention Center, along with other regulations, have made it impossible to stage the NY Now Winter Show in-person.

“We are extremely disappointed to cancel our Winter 2021 in-person market. However, it has become clear that it will not be possible to bring our community together in New York in February. Our attention now turns to build on the success of our recently launched NY Now Digital Market,” said Tim Hart, SVP, NY Now. “The Digital Market is a year-round discovery, connection, and lead generation platform for our community, and we were delighted to welcome more than 650 brands for its launch. It’s a privilege to be on this digital journey with our community, and we are thrilled by the possibilities it creates for us all – particularly when digital and in-person converge at the Javits Center in August 2021.”

NY Now’s Digital Market will remain online as an ongoing resource for buyers through the end of 2020 and beyond. It will serve as a means

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E-commerce seminar offers tips from 3 digital entrepreneurs

Panelists for the e-commerce seminar included (l-r) Emily Taylor Young from Brass & Burl, Whitney Moore from Meadow Blu and Colleen Waguespack from Fig & Dove along with moderator Rachel Gerli of Nina Reeves Communications.

With trends showing that more business is moving online due to the pandemic, many brands are investing in their digital presence. But, experts say, it’s important to remember not to put all your eggs in one basket, such as relying on a sole supplier.

This is one of the tips shared during the seminar “When life hands you a pandemic, build an e-commerce business,” held at the Universal Furniture showroom during the High Point Market.

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Global Views adds original wall décor

During each High Point Market, home furnishings manufacturer Global Views uses the corner of its hallway to showcase something new.

For October’s market, the Dallas-based purveyor of lighting, accent furniture, mirrors, decorative accessories and more introduced its newest offering, original wall décor, there.

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