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ITMA Announced Winter Showtime Schedule Of Events

Furniture World News Desk on 11/24/2016

The International Textile Market Association recently announced the schedule of events for the Winter Showtime 2016, set for December 4-7. Please note that the hours of the show have changed. The show now opens at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 4 and close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7.

Social Events
As always, there are many networking opportunities at Showtime, giving attendees and exhibitors a chance to relax, mingle and network in an informal atmosphere. Events are free to all, and welcome everyone.

International Market Centers will be sponsoring “Happy Hour” each evening from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. This is located throughout the Suites at Market Square. Stop by and say hello to friends with a refreshing drink.

On Monday, December 5, ITMA will be hosting the ITMA Awards Gala benefiting the ITMA Educational Foundation and celebrating the talent of the industry. The event will be held from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the High Point Country Club. Tickets are required. For more information, please contact the ITMA/Showtime office at 336-885-6842. Please make plans to join us for a great event sponsored by De Leo Textiles, Sunbrella and Regal Fabrics.

Educational Events
Showtime attendees will also have the opportunity to attend presentations by Furniture/Today and Designers Today, Window Dressings, and LJM Freight Auditing and Consulting.

The first presentation is sponsored by Furniture Today and Home Textiles Today. There is a lot of competition for consumer dollars and having a compelling story to tell is more important than ever. Cindy Hodnett, editor in chief of Designers Today and upholstery and style editor for Furniture/Today, highlights what’s trending in the home furnishings category and why in “Lifestyle Trends: What Consumers Want at Home” on Monday, December 5 at 9:00 a.m.

A second educational seminar, “The Future is Now: Key Currents Shaping Design and your Business” will be presented by Deb Barrett, principal at Window Dressings, on Monday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. This presentation will look at how social, technological and cultural currents are impacting design including advances in digital technologies like 3D printing and VR/AR. Barrett will also look at new consumer behaviors and how they are changing the way we do business. Finally, through a look at the newest products and trends from some of the world’s leading design shows, Barrett will interpret how best practices and transformative changes from other industries can be applied to interactions with clients.

Our third presenter, Kenneth Moyer, vice president of supply chain strategies for LJM Freight Auditing and Consulting, will discuss the new rate calculations for small parcel shipping and how this will affect the textile industry in “Sheltering the Storm of 2017 Small Parcel Rates” on Monday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m. These increases could have a major impact on transportation and logistics budget and Moyer will provide details about 2017 increases from both UPS and FedEx, as well as offer strategies for mitigating them.

All presentations will take place on the top floor of the Suites at Market Square in space 1-1034.

More about the International Textile Market Association: The International Textile Market Association (ITMA), www.Showtime-Market.com, is the producer and organizer of SHOWTIME® in High Point, N.C. - The largest market for textiles, leathers, and trimmings in the United States; a pre-eminent event, showcasing the latest and greatest in new product and color trends.