Universal Furniture holds virtual market experience

Case goods and upholstery resource Universal Furniture is once again holding a virtual market experience from Nov. 16-17 aimed largely at buyers who were not at the October High Point Market.

While the company said it had 50% of its normal traffic at the Oct.13-21 market, it said it wants to recreate the experience for those who could not attend.

Free and open to members of the trade, the virtual market will give buyers tours of full collections, live showroom walk-throughs and 360-degree virtual showroom tours plus live Q&A sessions with product experts.

“In a year where everyone has been forced to pivot, we worked hard to translate every aspect of the market experience that could be delivered virtually,” said Neil MacKenzie, Universal Furniture director of marketing. “We want everyone to feel like they’ve participated, whether they can make it in person or not.”

This is the second virtual market experience the company has offered, the first in April with the cancellation of the spring market. That company said that event drew thousands of participants – including retailers and designers – during its six-day run.

“Participants appreciated the depth and breadth of information we were able to deliver via email,

HPMA adds three new board members

HIGH POINT — The High Point Market Authority has added three new members to its board of directors, following a vote of approval on Oct. 21.

Two retailers join the ranks: Josh Hudson, CEO of Hudson’s Furniture in Florida, and Randy Tilinski, president of Bungalow Classic in Atlanta. Jeremy Hoff, president of Hooker Furniture, was also confirmed.

All three join the board as voting members and will serve two-year terms, through October 2022.

In addition, retailer Scott Knox of Priba Furniture, in Greensboro, N.C., completed his term at the fall board meeting and was recognized for his service.

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