Did you know 56 percent of consumers require their furniture to arrive less than a week after completing their purchase in-store in order to be happy? Furniture Today found that 14 percent of individuals who shop online expect the same turnaround time. A mere 43 percent of online shoppers are willing to wait up to two weeks.
In regard to the home furnishings industry, the global sector is expected to grow greatly by 2019. The website cit.com estimates revenues to reach $695 billion by that time. The number reflects a predicted growth rate of up to seven percent each year, beginning in 2016. Experts anticipate online sales to improve as well. By 2018, online sales could reach $32 billion if the current growth rate of 11 percent continues year over year.
The best way to support growth is by offering consumers what they want. Specifically, customization appeals to modern-day shoppers. They want to express themselves through home furnishings they can personalize to their taste. Customization is so highly valued that 92 percent of consumers agreed that they would be willing to spend more money to purchase a one-of-a-kind sofa tailored to their specifications. Knowing these details offers a big advantage to furniture retailers, suppliers, or manufacturers that want to improve their business success.
Fortunately, this information and more are being shared at the upcoming Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo in Atlanta. Structured as a forum, the event mixes educational programming with live exhibitions to support professionals and businesses that make and sell furniture. The unique trade show pays a crucial role in boosting the success of the $150 billion home furnishings industry. The following provides an overview of the event.
General Information about the Expo
The Exposition Development Company, Inc. and Progressive Business Media created The Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo. The latter is the parent company of the media outlet Furniture Today. The event supports the home furnishings industry by sharing products, services, and innovations influencing the future of the sector. Additionally, professionals representing more technical and administrative services pertaining to logistics and technology also participate.
The expo is a good opportunity to network among peers or stir up conversations with industry vendors. Educational programs regarding regulatory environmental policies, emerging trends, and other subject matters give attendees a chance to hone their expertise on specific topics.
Furniture Today, the Franklin Furniture Institute, and American Home Furnishings Alliance support the upcoming forum, which will take place on June 7, 2017 and June 8, 2017. The event begins at 10 a.m. on both days. The first day concludes at 5 p.m., while the second day will wrap an hour earlier. All activities will be hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.
Information for Attendees
The expo benefits all professionals in the home furnishings industry, but caters specifically to those involved in manufacturing. Because topics and products related to machinery and technology are among the key areas of focus, engineers, plant managers, quality control managers, and machine operators are among those who should attend. Likewise, specifiers and managers of research and development, purchasing, and procurement divisions would gain value from the educational components developed by the Franklin Furniture Institute and American Home Furnishing Alliance.
While the program is not yet available, interested parties can visit http://www.hfmse.com closer to the event to review course details. The same website will direct people to a contact form to be notified when tickets go on sale and new details become available. If an interested person prefers directly contacting organizers, representatives can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for Exhibitors
The expo is centrally located between Mississippi and North Carolina, two markets that dominate the home furnishings sector. For this reason, vendors interested in sharing their products and services should reserve an exhibition space to gain direct access to important decision makers in the industry.
Exhibitors are broken down into more than 25 product groups ranging from paints and finishes to financial management and publications. Vendors do not have to be associated with the Supporting Industry Association in order to register. However, membership reduces the early bird rate from $30 to $27 per net square feet. The early bird rate remains effective until November 15, 2016. The standard rate is $30 per net square feet for association members, while non-members pay $3 more per net square feet.
Those requesting a booth with open corners must fulfill a $300 fee no matter their membership. The same applies to the bulk rate, which covers reserved spaces of more than 1,000 net square feet. This $300 fee is in addition to the $25 net square feet fee for the larger space.
Payment covers pipes and drapes, wastebaskets, material handling, signage, directory listing, cleaning, and personnel badges. An exception is made for island booths, which do not require pipe or drapes. If a vendor prefers to have either, a special request must be made ahead of time.