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The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) announced yesterday that its annual trade show, originally scheduled for November 14-16, 2021, now will take place January 30-February 1, 2022.  The location is the same - the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago.

In a prepared statement, Peggy Davies, president of PLMA said, "PLMA recognizes the tremendous value of making in-person connections; we were especially looking forward to hosting our first in-person U.S. trade show since 2019 just a few weeks from now. As we know, the Delta variant came along and changed almost everyone’s plans … By the start of the new-year, we expect that significant nationwide progress toward normalcy will be evident, borders will be open, and corporate travel will resume."

KC's View:

I admire PLMA's optimism about the new year, though it seems a little overly so considering that pandemic numbers generally get worse during the winter months, not better.  And it isn't like PLMA will be able to have outside events - it will be late January in Chicago.  In fact, weather could end up being a bigger problem than Covid.