Orgill welcomed thousands of retailers to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, for its first in-person buying event in two years.
The live Spring Dealer Market ran Feb. 24-26 and was hosted concurrently with an Online Buying Event, which kicked off Feb. 21 and will run through March 4. These combined events give Orgill’s customers and vendors the opportunity to network and interact both live and online for the first time ever.
“We have all waited a long time to be able to gather together in person, but we have also learned a lot over these last two years about how to make these buying events as productive as possible for our customers,” says Boyden Moore, Orgill president and CEO. “We have found that there are distinct advantages to an in-person event that are very difficult to replicate online but that our Online Buying Events also offered additional opportunities for our customers.”
In addition to being the first time Orgill has hosted online and live buying events at the same time, Orgill is celebrating another milestone during the three-day Spring Dealer Market—the distributor’s 175th anniversary.
“Perhaps it’s fitting that this event where we are combining the more traditional Dealer Market format with an Online Buying Event is also serving as the stage for celebrating our 175th anniversary as a company. While we honor and celebrate our deep roots in the industry and the community, we also have a strong focus on the future,” Moore says.
From the first-ever hybrid event to the celebration of a milestone anniversary, there was a lot for attendees and exhibitors to see in Orlando.
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