Over the past two decades, a handful of major trade show organisers have developed into some of the most influential players in the jewellery and gemstone sectors, providing the forums at which members of the global industry meet, are educated about trends and developments, and where they place orders for the seasons and year ahead. But these companies were among those hardest hit by COVID-19. With international travel slowing to a bare minimum and social distancing practices being enforced to protect public safety, almost all the organisers were forced to delay and generally cancel major trade fairs that had been months and even years in the planning.
But the trade fair organisers had been considering their strategic positions long before COVID-19 struck. Technological developments that have enhanced the ability of members of the jewellery industry to meet, display merchandise and do business online have usurped elements of the traditional trade show model, requiring the organisers to rethink the ways in which they operate and serve the industry. The latest crisis did not initiate, but rather heightened the urgency for them to adapt and expand their range of services.
CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices webinar series looks at the impact and implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis from the perspective of industry figures. The seventh edition will examine the state of the trade shows following the COVID-19 lockdown, consider how they may operate as the markets reopen, and look at how they plan to change and restructure moving forward.
Entitled “ THE TRADE SHOWS: Rethinking the future ,” the seventh Jewellery Industry Voices webinar features heads of four of the most important jewellery trade show organisers – Yancy Weinrich, COO of Reed Exhibitions, organiser of the JCK and Luxury shows; Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs at Informa Markets, organiser of the major jewellery and gem shows in Hong Kong in June and September; Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director of Baselworld; and Marco Carniello, Group Brand Director Jewellery and Fashion at the Italian Exhibition Group, organiser of the VICENZAORO shows. It is scheduled for Thursday, June 4, 2020.
The webinar will be moderated by Edward Johnson and Steven Benson, and hosted by CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri. It will start at 9:00 AM New York, 2:00 PM London, 3:00 PM Milan, 5:00 PM Dubai, 6:30 PM Mumbai, 9:00 PM Hong Kong.
CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices webinar series is produced with the support of the Italian Exhibition Group, organiser of the VICENZAORO jewellery shows.