In light of the new developments with coronavirus (COVID-19) and an overall focus on health and safety, International Market Centers (IMC) today announced adjustments to its spring market calendar.
“The situation with COVID-19 has been evolving daily and we have been navigating business decisions based on concerns about the health and safety of our customers and employees, as well as the overall well-being of our industries,” said Bob Maricich, CEO of IMC. “While we had hoped to host all of our upcoming markets on their original dates, we are taking action to postpone the events in order to mitigate any issues related to this virus.”
In home furnishings, the High Point Market Authority has announced the postponement of the Spring High Point Market (originally scheduled for April 25-29) until early June should conditions improve.
High Point Premarket, set for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and March 17, has also been canceled.
Beyond High Point Market
IMC will also postpone or cancel spring markets at Americasmart in Atlanta, including postponing VOW | New World of Bridal, scheduled for the end of this month; canceling the April Atlanta Apparel Market, scheduled for early April; and postponing Spring Cash & Carry, scheduled for early May. The company is exploring later dates for the VOW and Cash & Carry Markets. The Apparel Market set for June will still take place.
“We hope that this pause in our market schedules will ensure the safety and allow for normalcy to return to our industries,” Maricich added. “In the meantime, IMC_di, our newly formed digital innovation division, is exploring digital solutions to help our customers stay in contact while the physical market schedules are in flux. While we prepare for these new dates, we will continue to update our website (imcenters.com) so that we can continually provide any additional new information to all of our customers and clients.”