The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) said it canceled its Private Label Trade Show in Rosemont, Ill. — scheduled for Jan. 30- Feb. 1, 2022 — due to the debilitating effects of COVID-19 on business travel. It is the second cancellation of the show, which was originally to be held in November.
“This action was taken for a number of reasons, all related to the impact of COVID-19 on the safe movement of exhibitors and visitors who annually attend our Chicago show,” said Peggy Davies, president of New York-based PLMA.
Davies noted that PLMA has plans for three major trade shows for retailers and store brand manufacturers during 2022: PLMA Global, a new online event set for March 28-31; the annual World of Private Label show in Amsterdam, May 31-June 1; and the traditional fall Chicago show, Nov. 13-15. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, however, the in-person Chicago show is not possible for Jan. 30-Feb.1, she explained.
“Because of the surge in cases nationwide, we are seeing an extension into 2022 of corporate travel limitations, if not new outright bans,” Davies said. “With the onset of colder weather and more indoor gatherings, an uptick in cases in the United States was predicted by most experts, but its extent has been greater than anticipated.”
In addition, the outbreak of the Omicron variant has exacerbated the COVID-19 situation overseas, resulting in the imposition of tougher restrictions on all international travel. This makes passage to Chicago by all trade show participants highly problematic, Davies noted.