the Association of Private Label Manufacturers (PLMA) canceled its private label show from January 30 to February 1, 2022 in Chicago due to the debilitating effects of COVID-19 on business travel. This is the show’s second cancellation, which was originally scheduled to take place last month.
“This action was taken for a number of reasons, all related to the impact of COVID-19 on the travel safety of exhibitors and visitors who attend our Chicago show each year,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies.
Davies noted that PLMA is planning three major trade shows for retailers and store brand manufacturers in 2022: PLMA Global, a new online event scheduled for March 28-31; the annual World of Private Label trade fair in Amsterdam, from May 31 to June 1; and the traditional Chicago Fall Show, November 13-15.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, however, the Chicago in-person show is not possible from Jan.30 to Feb.1, she explained.
“Due to the increase in the number of cases nationwide, we are seeing an extension until 2022 of the limitations on business travel, and even outright new bans,” Davies said. “With the onset of colder weather and more gatherings indoors, an increase in cases in the United States has been predicted by most experts, but the scale has been greater than expected.”
Additionally, the Omicron variant outbreak has exacerbated the COVID-19 situation abroad, resulting in stricter restrictions being imposed on all international travel. This makes the passage to Chicago for all show attendees very problematic, Davies noted.