Thursday, April 24, 2014

AmericasMart Atlanta Hosts Top Buying Event of Summer 2014

A buying experience of unmatched selection, ease and efficiency makes AmericasMart Atlanta the marketplace of choice when the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market open their doors to an incomparable product mix calling retailers and designers to shop the world for eight days this July 8-15.

In both the Home and Gift shows, buyers will tap the nation's most comprehensive home furnishings, rug and gift marketplace offering new and newly expanded showrooms in tandem with the rich resources of more than 35 trade show categories. All of this, together with a digitally-enriched environment and the fifth annual Icon Honors celebration, make AmericasMart the epicenter of wholesale trade this summer. "When imagination and ingenuity intersect, great things always emerge," says Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., AmericasMart vice chairman and president. "Our July Markets create a global stage for the innovations that power the progress of the industries we serve. We've been at this for 56 years. And with each show, we're always ready to be amazed by what's new and next."

This July, new and next are the watchwords across all AmericasMart product centers—Home Accents/Fine Linens, Furniture, Rugs, Holiday & Floral / Home Décor, Living. Outdoor/Indoor. The Gardens. General & Specialty Gift, Gourmet & Housewares, Living & Entertaining: Gifts, Tabletop & Accessories, Home Accents & Gifts and Children's World—with enthusiastic exhibitors eager to share new lines and product introductions with the industry's top retailers and designers.

AmericasMart's trade show categories follow suit with key collections taking the July Market spotlight. Showcasing top lifestyle products for men, Gentleman's Boutique makes its debut, and the celebrated juried general gift collection relaunches as On-Trend Gifts at the July Market. The Market's signature High Design and HD Home categories features a fresh group of design-driven lines with many new-to-market collections.

Launched at the January 2014 Market, the AmericasMart mobile app delivers a greatly enhanced customer experience by making it easier for buyers to discover and explore new and existing exhibitors, categories, lines and products and to make note of Market events and promotions. It allows buyers to browse exhibitors by floor map or in a list, and enables them to record favorite lines and categories, to plan, organize and to manage Market details to optimize their AmericasMart visit. Supporting the app is free Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the three-building campus.

The centerpiece of the July Market, AmericasMart's ICON HONORS 2014 celebrates professional achievements of home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers at the most important and anticipated night in the gift and home industry. The celebration will be Thursday, July 10 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, just blocks from AmericasMart. The Market's impressive speaker series features AmericasMart's favorites Brian Patrick Flynn and John Gidding, alongside Sunny Anderson and many, many more. The lauded Education Center also returns with a spectrum of industry leaders teaching free business-building seminars ranging from social media to customer service to how to shop the Market. Networking and social events will also take place throughout the Market. A full Market event schedule will be released at a later date.

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