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Gift Shop Plus Summer 2022
A Treasure Trove By Debbie Eisele

Upcoming summer markets are filled with remarkable introductions for retailers

This summer is a return to normal, or almost normal, when it comes to markets. However, the pandemic has transformed our industry and now offers year-round digital marketplaces to further assist retail buyers, and the excitement of new introductions parlays to both in-person as well as online markets.

“The first show of the summer is in Dallas offering retailers the opportunity to see it first and buy it first — which is more important than ever. Inside our marketplace, the expanded and reimagined Temps show is our big news for June,” Cindy Morris, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center, emphasized. “Buyers will experience new collections like High Style, Global | Fair Trade, Him, Made, and Antiques together with hundreds of new brand debuts. Inside the permanent showrooms we are bringing together the best quality products from gift as well as fashion, home accents, holiday and floral, and gourmet and housewares. It’s all available inside one exciting, inspiring, welcoming family-owned marketplace.”

“Exploration is the buzzword for the Summer 2022 Atlanta Market,” said Bob Maricich, chairman and CEO for IMC. “A return to nearly pre-pandemic levels of resources with unmatched access to hot categories like décor, gourmet, tabletop and values-based brands plus industry-leading education creates an opportunity to explore what’s next like nowhere else this summer.”

“Buyers love Las Vegas Market for the total cross-merchandise buying from must-have lines,” said Maricich. “These robust discovery opportunities combined with proprietary programming and a celebratory atmosphere will create a market like none other in Summer 2022.”

For digital markets, buyers can look to Faire and JuniperMarket for fresh new product offerings. “IMC’s new B2B digital marketplace, JuniperMarket, is a perfect complement to its summer markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas,” said Bill Furlong, CEO for Juniper. “JuniperMarket enables buyers and sellers to connect anytime and everywhere, so now it’s market every day. Buyers can reorder their best sellers online before or after market, leaving more time at market for discovery and in-person networking. For buyers who can’t get to a market this summer, JuniperMarket is available 24/7/365.”

Merchandise offerings across all categories provide retailers the opportunity to create a freshness to inventory. Click Summer Market Preview to view a round-up of some of the introductions that will be seen in-person and online.

Summer Market Product Preview

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Debbie Eisele

Debbie Eisele is the former managing editor for Gift Shop Plus, Stationery Trends and a variety of special issue publications, including: The Guide, Holiday Shop, Celebrations & Occasions and Waterfront Living.




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