Dallas Market Center Celebrates

Unprecedented January Markets
—Traffic and Orders Up Across Every Category at All January Shows—

“..rocking” “…best-ever” “…tremendous” “…thrilled” “…amazing” “…huge” “…the best”

DALLAS – January 31, 2019 – Dallas Market Center, the most complete lifestyle marketplace in North America, welcomed more order-writing customers across all major business types and categories during the January editions of Dallas Total Home & Gift Market and Lightovation—Dallas International Lighting Show as well as the Apparel & Accessories Market and Dallas Men’s Show.

More buyers representing categories including gift, home décor, lighting, holiday/floral, and fashion attended the Dallas January shows, serving as a signal of the health of retail and interior design as well as the strength of Dallas as an order-writing marketplace across all major product segments. As retailers seek more unique products in order to thrive, their best option for discovery and inspiration across all lifestyle categories is Dallas Market Center. Likewise, for manufacturers and sales representatives seeking to expand their business, only Dallas delivers such a wide array of loyal customers.

“This was quite simply the best January in recent memory,” says Cindy Morris, Dallas Market Center President and CEO. “We experienced gains across every category of business but more importantly our exhibitors in every neighborhood reported steady, deep order writing with many of them noting unprecedented sales numbers and new accounts. Our opening energy and traffic continued from one week to the next as we welcomed a second wave of buyers for our apparel and accessories markets. We are extremely pleased with this exceptional month of business as we move forward into February and dynamic daily business for many showrooms.”

The economy and the retail sector in the Central U.S., Dallas Market Center’s main trading territory, remain strong, anchored by positive reports in the state of Texas. According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released this week, Dallas-Fort Worth led the nation in job growth in 2018, followed by Houston in third place. Taken together, the two metropolitan areas added nearly 225,000 jobs. In addition, more than 1000 new residents per day are moving to the state, supporting housing and services including retail and interior design and driving business inside Dallas Market Center.

Inside the gift neighborhoods of the World Trade Center and Trade Mart, retailers attending the recent markets discovered more new resources and exhibitors noted the market success.

“Each market Road Runners continues to see healthy increases in our business. We are thrilled with the growth we are seeing in this market segment especially with the growth of retailers outside the Central US." Tosha Pearson, Roadrunners

“We will beat our best-ever market from last January, and we are thankful for the customers that packed our showroom to see 15 new brands. We had steady order writing from the moment we opened through the Apparel & Accessories show.” Randa Crisler, Portico

“We could not be happier with our new showroom location. Our first show was a resounding success, with substantial growth coming from existing customers, old customers, new customers, and to our surprise many international buyers.” Tara Dikos, Transpac

“Dallas Market was a huge success! Customers were here in force to buy and they bought well!" Kelly Dierke, KBD Sales

“We had a tremendous January show that may have been the best in ten years for our company.” Kerry Smith, Keith Smith Ltd.

“Orders were up and our line package proved again that we are on the right track to serve our retail partners all over the country. Order writing stayed steady all the way into the Apparel show as buyers stayed late for one show and came in early for the next one!” Patrick Ongena, Patrick & Co.

"The best energy and excitement I have seen at Market in many years." Cliff Price

“Next Generation had a fantastic January, 2019 market! Buyers loved the “new lines to Dallas” and overall were filling their empty shelves. Retail is strong and Dallas Market is strong, this equaled a big win for Next Generation!" Kim Pounds, President

For home décor showrooms serving retailers and interior designers, the impressive results were evident.

“ZUO saw increased traffic with more new accounts than previous Dallas Markets. We also noticed a significant uptake in both the quality of luxury designers and hospitality companies. Finally, we love the work DMC has been doing with displays, marketing, and events -- we saw and felt new energy which helped to invigorate the traffic and excite attendees.” Luis Ruesga, CEO

“We had a steady flow of traffic, well attended events and our new products, along with our total assortment of accessories was very well received.” Satya Tiwari, President, Surya

“Dallas does more to support the industry, the suppliers, the reps, and the stories than anybody out there. Gratitude to the Dallas Market Center for doing that.” Allan Palecek

"Dallas market was very satisfying. We successfully opened our new showroom and the buyer response was fantastic. Our new location and updated showroom is an excellent platform to engage our customers for the shows and the daily traffic as well." Bob Ulrich, SVP Sales & Marketing, Currey & Co.

Lightovation—Dallas International Lighting Show welcomed more retailers including a 22% gain in new buyers attending from the U.S.

“Dallas Market is for us the epicenter of our calendar. So everything starts for us in Dallas.” Robert Sonneman

“It’s an amazing investment for us. It’s the one place where you have the right clients, the right environment, and the right space to show off what we do.” Ron Henderson, Varaluz

“The Dallas space is a good investment for our brand, and why we’ve expanded is because all the customers twice a year come together here.” Tony Zitoli, Eurofase

“The improving economy we felt throughout 2018 brought strong foot traffic to January Lightovation. Lighting buyers were rewarded with an abundance of new product offerings. We were thrilled with the responses to our latest offerings of fashion, technology, and innovative programming for the ever-changing environment.” Rick Wiedemer, Hinkley Lighting

Across the largest marketplace in North America devoted to holiday and floral, exhibitors benefitted from buyer enthusiasm for new products:

“Dallas Market Center was absolutely buzzing with a renewed sense of excitement this January, and our showroom was full of buyers eager to place orders for 2019. Buyers and exhibitors enjoyed the many upgrades across campus this year including better cell phone reception, improvements to the dining hall and a new full size Starbucks, to name a few.” Lauren Mease, CMO/COO Natural Botanicals

"The Dallas Market was rocking! We have never been so busy since we have been at the market for over 20 years. The customer traffic was high and orders were up considerably. We opened up many new accounts and increased our business with the majority of our current customers." Danny McDonald, Vice President

Inside the most comprehensive apparel and accessories marketplace, buyers representing all retail types arrived during their market of choice: Total Home & Gift Market, Apparel & Accessories Market, or Dallas Men’s Show. Attendance was up sharply for all types of fashion buyers and store types.

"Total Home & Gift Market packed an energizing punch! In the Vera Bradley showroom we noticed steady traffic and genuine optimism. The Dallas Market Center team continues to provide an exciting environment with new events and marketing efforts that foster great conversation and partnerships with loyal customers throughout the Central US." Ali Freiburger, Vera Bradley

“My business has grown so much in the last year after exhibiting in four Dallas markets. The hospitality provided by the staff as well as the relationships made with new buyers is exactly why we are proud to be exhibitors at Dallas Market Center.” Meredith Jurica, Makeup Junkies

“Barbour wrapped up another successful show at Dallas Market Center in January. We recently doubled the showroom footprint in early 2018…and our regional growth has been tremendous with sales up nearly 40% year over year.” – Roger Vasquez, Senior Key Account Manager

During January markets Dallas Market Center debuted more than 50 new and expanding showrooms including established brands and hot start-ups in home, gift, lighting and holiday/floral. In addition, more than 40 partnerships were announced with retail buying groups, trade groups and associations participating in the January shows. Finally, the 30th annual ARTS Awards honored leaders in the home décor industry at a gala event attended by more than 600 guests.

Prior to the January shows and reflecting its position as the leading lifestyle marketplace, Dallas Market Center recently revealed new branding for the company including a new logo and magazine. Both were announced as part of a comprehensive, multi-stage strategy to lead with purpose in the new era of wholesale buying. The logo, featuring five main design elements, signifies the five main product categories inside Dallas Market Center. Together they reflect the unique energy and unity of a marketplace offering buyers an unmatched assortment of products across lifestyle categories. The new magazine, named Spark, was distributed to more than 50,000 customers and featured practical business advice and inspiring trends, alongside real stories of artists and entrepreneurs. As retailers seek more unique products in order to stand out, the magazine emphasizes the stories behind the creation of goods and brands and the diversity of products available at Dallas Market Center.

In addition to new branding, the marketplace recently announced new global trade events including the World Floral Expo, taking place in March 2019 and the WESA International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Market in 2021. Each event will welcome thousands of new buyers to the Dallas Market Center campus.

The marketplace serves retailers and interior designers from all 50 states and 85 countries and is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers.

To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DMC Daily Dose.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.