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Atlanta Market Releases Summer 2020 Virtual Programming

Atlanta Market has announced a seven-week schedule of virtual programming leading up to the Summer 2020 Atlanta Market, Aug. 13-18, 2020. Timely topics for the webinars, presented July 1- Aug. 10, include business strategies for a post-pandemic world, opportunities to hear from retail and design trailblazers and information to help attendees plan for a safe and successful market.

In line with buyer sentiment, virtual events will be held this summer in lieu of in-person programming to allow buyers more time at market for product discovery. 

“Throughout the years, the Atlanta Market community has shown us that compelling, actionable and aspirational programming is a key element of their market experience. So, as the market experience has shifted, so has our presentation of this signature programming,” said Dorothy Belshaw, International Market Centers chief marketing and digital officer. “Like our other digital offerings, these virtual events extend the market experience until the time is right to present in-person events again.” 

Atlanta Market’s series of pre-market webinars present relevant topics for retailers and designers. Retail strategy is the focus of “Re-Imagining Buying & Selling: Reposition Your Retail Strategy” presented Lilly Stamets of Premier Retail Consulting. Other webinars include but are not limited to “Santa’s Got a Whole New Bag” presented by Michelle Lamb of The Trend Curve, and “Tracking the Pulse of the Gift Industry” presented by Erica Kirkland, publisher and editor of Giftbeat.

Additionally, the WithIt women’s leadership development network presents exclusive programming moderated by Kathy Wall, president & Ringleader of The Media Matters. Other topics include “Understanding Instagram Analytics to Drive Growth” and market orientation that outlines new protocols and tools. The full list of virtual events and registration information is available at

Atlanta Market’s popular Shop the Show program returns with 10+ influencers from its past four seasons sharing their inspiration in five topics – “The Art of Home,” “Cozy Up at Home,” “Do Your Home Work,” “Kitchen Comforts” and “Retail Revival” – through blog posts, look books, social media posts and a webinar “A Focus on Function and Fresh Perspectives with Top Style Influencers” moderated by Kelli Lamb of Rue.

All Shop the Show content will be available before the market. During market, Atlanta Market’s social media channels (@AmericasMartAtl on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) will be a source for trend spotting, showroom tours and other updates.

Market attendees are also encouraged to participate in Atlanta Market-sponsored virtual industry events including “Women of Influence: Virtual Awards Gala” on July 21; Greeting Card Association’s “LOUIE Virtual Awards Program” on July 30; and the “Retailer Excellence Awards” on August 6 which features a text-to-donate campaign, led with Gift for Life, to raise funds for the Dallas-based A Sister’s Gift Women’s Center. IMC sponsors a conversation, which will include the finalists for the REA Visual Merchandising Award in “Countdown to REAs | Selling the Imagination: Best Visual Merchandising Tips” on July 9. 

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