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Updates from April 30

NY Now Postponed Until October

Since the COVID-19 crisis took hold in the United States in March, our top priority has been delivering a safe and successful 2020 NY NOW Summer Market. In recent days, and based on consultation with many of you, it has become clear that doing so will not be possible. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 NY NOW Summer Market, which had been scheduled for August 8-12 at the Javits Center in New York City. Read more here.

Shoppe Object Postoned Until October

After careful consideration and with continued optimism, we have postponed the August edition of Shoppe Object to October 20-22, 2020. The show will take place, as planned, at Pier 36. Read more here.

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The Whitehurst Company Offers Drop-Ship Program

PRESS RELEASE – April 9, 2020 – As COVID-19 continues to halt the normal process of wholesale and retail daily doings, The Whitehurst Company is offering a special drop-ship program to the brick-and-mortar retailers with an online presence in the gift industry.

Our main focus during this health crisis, is to facilitate as much of the “norm” as possible, during the Spring/Early Summer selling season for Holiday.  While your retail store doors are shuttered, our free dropship program will allow you to offer your customers product online and we will drop ship directly to them, helping you to continue sales, with no overhead.  We have put together curated collections of glass, both solid colored and European, that is currently available for this limited time.  If interested, please contact Kirsten McDonough at for more details.

Gannett Starts Gift-Card Program

Gannett has started a program in which it’s helping local business sell gift cards. Learn more on this website.

Building a Strategic Partner Program

From our sister publication Handmade Business, a maker and a business owner discuss how to create strategic partnerships that can help get you through these trying times. Build Strategic Partnerships here.

AMIBA Launches Local-Business Movement

The American Independent Business Alliance has launched a movement to help local businesses via Learn more about that here.

Dallas Market Center Update: Vendors Still Shipping

Dallas Market Center announced that while its locations are closed, many of its vendors are still trying to ship when possible. It provides a list on its website here.