#HPMKTsafe

Safe Market Standards For Exhibitors

Run a Safe Showroom

Let’s work together to create a safer Market

We are committed to making Fall 2020 High Point Market safer for all of our exhibitors, staff, buyers, and other attendees. That’s why we have changed to a 9-day, 3-period format, with periods assigned by region. That’s why we’re increasing our cleaning and sanitation efforts, and will do everything required to ensure proper social distancing and safe operation. And that’s why we’re asking you to join us in that commitment by taking our High Point Market Safe pledge. All of these efforts will be critical elements in creating a safe and welcoming environment.

Take the Pledge

To assure buyers that their Market visits will be safe, we are asking all building owners / managers, and exhibitors to take our Market Safe Pledge and commit to:

Enhance cleaning and sanitation protocols
Promote social distancing
Limit capacity within space
Monitor staff health

By taking the pledge, you are committing to incorporating all 4 of these key elements into your safety measures. Please note that each building may have specific requirements and guidelines for their tenants. If you lease your showroom space, please connect with your building owner or leasing manager for specifics regarding what is required within your building.

Be Sure Follow These Showroom Guidelines

Do not open to buyers before 8am, Oct. 13

Market dates are Oct 13-21. Do not allow anyone other than staff and service providers to enter your showroom before 8am, Tuesday, Oct 13.

Set appointments

This is the best way to ensure a successful Market at any time. Right now, it is critical for managing your showroom traffic to ensure proper social distancing.

Hold all product distribution decisions

To allow buyers who must arrive in a later period an opportunity to source all of your products, do not make any distribution decisions until after the last day of Market, October 21, 2020.

How your buyers will choose when they’ll be here

We must meet State of North Carolina standards for safe operation
To make sure your representatives will be available to meet their customers while limiting the number of staff you must keep in your showrooms, we have worked with the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA), to separate domestic buyers and industry guests into two regions, based on the home state of their company headquarters. The Market periods they may attend are determined by this assignment:

Region A includes companies whose corporate offices are in the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Region B includes companies whose corporate offices are in the following states: AL, AR, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX

Your assistance is critical
This plan was supported by HFA, AHFA, and IHFRA as meeting the needs of buyers, exhibitors, and sales representatives. To make it as effective as possible, please:

  1. Do not admit anyone other than your staff and service providers to your showroom before 8am on Tuesday, October 13.
  2. Do not make any distribution decisions until the end of Market after all regions have had a chance to attend and view products.
  3. Staff your showroom according to the regions outlined above, to ensure your buyers can meet with their correct sales reps.

We realize that no plan works well for every individual and company, in every case. If any of your buyers, representatives, or staff have special considerations, please call 336.869.1000, and ask to speak with a Market Advisor.

Want help? Just ask.
The guidelines listed here are for general, Market-wide use. Please check with your building contact for guidance as you plan to create a safe and welcoming environment within your showroom.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Giardullo Wynn, Director of Operations, via jessica@highpointmarket.org.

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