DALLAS -- Dallas Market Center has announced that strong attendance and increased order writing created solid momentum for its recent Total Home & Gift Market, January 18-24.
Eager buyers attended the show including more new buyers from key regions, new buying groups, an increase in major stores, and more leading specialty stores throughout the Central U.S. Tens of thousands of retailers from around the world discovered hundreds of new exhibitors and experienced unmatched networking, world-class speakers, and celebrity guests.
"Buyers came to Dallas in force and placed larger than average orders with renewed confidence," said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. "Across all product categories we received positive reports from temporary and permanent exhibitors, with many enthusiastically reporting their best market ever, which further illustrates that Dallas doesn't just deliver buyers, we deliver buyers eager to write large orders. In fact, the show's strong attendance and steady order writing confirm our position as the premier marketplace for the Central U.S."
Buyers from all 50 states and more than 60 countries attended the show. Leading the traffic were retail buyers from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, California, and Florida. International buyers representing Mexico, Canada, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and the Caribbean made up the majority of international attendance. Key attendance increases included new buyers visiting Dallas from across the Midwest (+2%) and high volume buying organizations including buying groups, home centers, online retailers, and mass merchants (+46%).
Increasing consumer confidence and strong retail sales within the strongest economic zone in the U.S. paired with solid growth inside the 5 million square foot Dallas Market Center across gift, home decor, lighting, holiday/floral, housewares, gourmet, fashion, and many associated categories created unique conditions for a January Market where enthusiastic buyers and exhibitors conducted significant business.
The biggest growth category in Dallas for 2017 is home décor, serving both interior design and retailers and buoyed by the nation's leading housing market and geographic adjacency to the fastest growing cities in the U.S. For the January show, top manufacturers in home decor delivered inspiration with on-point resources including Stein World, which debuted inside new space in the World Trade Center, and a continuing presentation of hundreds of farmhouse vintage resources inside Park Hill.
In addition to home buyers, the market saw an increase in attendance by registered interior designers and architects seeking resources across furniture, home accents, tabletop, and gift as well as exploring the largest lighting marketplace in North America. The talk among this creative crowd, thousands of whom visit Dallas Market Center each month between shows, was the Interior Home + Design Center, the 220,000 square foot open-daily marketplace to the trade opening in summer 2017.
A select number of companies are participating in this opportunity to create their own custom space as part of the largest expansion of home décor resources in more than forty years. It was recently announced that Phillips Collection and Palecek will join ZUO, Visual Comfort, Ambella Home Collection, and many others in the new space. The Interior Home + Design Center is the centerpiece of a long-range strategic initiative to provide enhanced value to manufacturers by serving market-time attendees as well as the growing number of interior designers conducting business at Dallas Market Center each week.
In addition to new resources, January Market delivered dozens of receptions and parties as well as keynote speakers such as Corey Damen Jenkins and Robin Baron, Libby Langdon, Randall Whitehead, Jim Marvin and Matt Wood. Finally, Dallas Market Center hosted the 28th Annual ARTS Awards, the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. The crowd of more than 650 guests celebrated top manufacturers, retailers, designers, and sales representatives as well as honored two special award recipients: Mark Phillips of Phillips Collection, recipient of the Academy of Achievement Award, and industry icon Connie Lineberry, recipient of the Legendary Leadership Award.
"Buyers were energetic, optimistic and added a positive spirit to the entire marketplace," said Cindy Morris. â€œThis affirmative attitude reinforces the fact that we remain the strongest economic zone in the U.S. with higher consumer confidence and better business conditions than anywhere else. For 2017, as we expand our marketplace and offer exhibitors new marketing tools, Dallas will be creating even greater value for manufacturers and reps seeking access to tens of thousands of motivated buyers who donâ€™t attend any other show."