August 2, 2019
Strong order writing and programs highlight Summer 2019 Las Vegas Market
Strong order writing, programming and industry-exclusive special events highlighted the Summer 2019 Las Vegas Market. Summer Market presented 4,300+ furniture, home décor and gift resources – more than 130 of which were new to the campus’ permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits.
“Buyers at Summer Las Vegas Market were here to buy and exhibitors reported steady order writing,” said Bob Maricich, CEO for International Market Centers (IMC). “Marketgoers attended exclusive industry-leading events and experienced dynamic, top-notch sourcing.”
Steady Order Writing & Increased Showroom Traffic
Las Vegas Market features more than four million square feet and 2,000+ furniture lines, nearly 200 temporary home furnishings exhibitors, and one-million-plus square feet of home décor resources on 13 showroom floors. Exhibitors in the home furnishings category reported strong Summer Markets and noted an uptick in order writing as well as notable increases in buyer traffic in showrooms.
The Market’s gift category features more than 2,700 resources in permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits throughout campus. Category growth in Building C translated into a strong overall market for exhibitors. This summer, the gift category expanded by more than 105,000 square feet with 35+ brands opening new and expanded spaces or renewing their commitment to IMC for the market.
“Traffic felt good, strong, healthy and alive,” said Adriana de Mello, CEO of representative group Keena, who reported a mix of independent retailers and key accounts placing orders at the show. Frances Northcutt, who directs sales, marketing, product development and distribution for new showroom Rewined, reported that 90 percent of orders were from new accounts.
The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market showcased 500+ temporary gift and home lines in a new floorplan that featured all five core destinations under one roof. Exhibitors in the Pavilions reported solid leads and a steady stream of cross-category buyers.
Events Highlight Summer Market
Summer Market featured a slate of exclusive industry events, including the 2019 Las Vegas Market CEO Summit; the fifth annual ANDYZ Design Awards; Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards presented by Great American Media Services; Lean In and Lift Up; and the ninth annual Up On the Roof fundraiser benefiting Gift for Life.
“You can’t love the gift industry without loving what Gift for Life does. To give is to love,” said Tara Riceberg, owner of Best Gift Store Ever. “After a long day of discovering, connecting, and buying, the Gift for Life party is a wonderful way to wind down and share your great finds with like-minded, empathetic, and passionate people. It’s the perfect meeting place to catch up with old friends and industry colleagues.”
The Winter 2020 Las Vegas Market runs Jan. 26-Jan. 30, 2020, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.