A Plan To Keep Us Safe

Manufacturer, Retailer, and Representative associations endorse Fall 2020 High Point Market schedule

The American Home Furnishings Alliance, Home Furnishings Association and International Home Furnishings Representatives Association have jointly announced their support of the recently proposed nine-day format for the upcoming Fall Market set for October 13-21, 2020.

The High Point Market Authority recently announced the new and expanded format as a part of an effort to spread out attendance and account for expected reduced capacity requirements for showrooms and buildings due to the Covid-19 virus.

While the goal of any market is to provide a landscape where buyers and sellers can congregate, conduct business and grow their respective businesses, the health and safety of everyone associated with the furniture market has always been a top priority for the home furnishings industry, the three associations agreed.

The Market Authority has indicated the best way to do that is by having suppliers and retailers set and keep appointments with each other, a strategy strongly supported by AHFA CEO Andy Counts, HFA CEO Sharron Bradley and IHFRA Executive Director Ray Allegrezza.

With the upcoming market predicated appointments, the Market Authority is working with buildings to enforce a “no early entry” policy, wherein buyers are not permitted to access the buildings or showrooms prior to the opening day of Market on October 13.

Similarly, to maintain a level playing field, the Market Authority is also encouraging exhibitors to hold all product commitments until the close of Market after all regions have had a chance to attend and view product.

Executives from the AHFA, HFA and IHFRA agreed and are urging exhibitors, reps and buyers to set appointments for Market now, attend during the predetermined windows and not to expect commitments on new product placements until Market is finished on October 21.