As I have been attending this show now for over 20 years, I have seen a lot of High’s at High Point and a lot of Lows. Mostly lows in the past 5 years. This was due to the “economy” as everybody likes to point to. However, through the years as I have visited several of our customers who use our logistics service for their import from all over Asia, I have seen a lot of innovation, great marketing skills, and just general toughness to brave it through this tough market we have all been through. This is especially true for Furniture which was down due to the poor housing sector.This High Point Market Spring Show, I believe was one of the most upbeat and positive markets I have seen in quite a while. I visited several companies who said this Show was their best attended High Point Market and the best in terms of orders they have seen in a few years. Although it was not really a bustling crowd out there, there was a lot of buyers, and that is what counts.I did also see certain types of exhibitors, mostly those in the gift and décor industry not do as well, and even a few over in SAMS (Suites of Market Square) Building said that it was their worst show. But, I do know this is largely because it is farther from most buildings and this building generally doesn’t get the traffic that IHFC and others get.
One thing that really jumped out at me, especially in the SAMS building and others, was that I have never seen so many exhibitors before that had the “Made in the USA” sign in front. It is quite remarkable that so much Furniture manufacturing is coming back to North Carolina.
Lets hope the momentum carriers from this show into the summer and falls seasons.
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