The annual Retailer Summit that Diamond Comic Distributors hosts annual as a chance for comic shop owners to meet fellow retailers, company leaders, supplier representatives, and Diamond personnel one-on-one, as well as an opportunity to learn at workshops designed to help them acquire new knowledge and help you build their businesses. Unfortunately, as will many other trade show and events, this one has been cancelled today. This came from Diamond this afternoon:
As the impact and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Diamond Comic Distributors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Retailer Summit scheduled to take place April 14-16, originally planned to be held in conjunction with MegaCon in Orlando, FL. We do this out of an abundance of caution and with deep disappointment. We will continue to assess the viral outbreak to plan a new conference date.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, business partners, conference attendees and colleagues. We appreciate the efforts of the Informa team and the state and local authorities they are working with to provide a safe environment for fans and vendors, and support their goal of another fun, successful convention. MegaCon Orlando is part of an international organization with dedicated health, safety, security and travel experts who are monitoring developments, sharing relevant information and providing guidance on events. At this time, we cannot ask our sponsors and retailers to commit to travel plans while the Coronavirus’ impact is so uncertain.
We recognize the importance of the Retailer Summit. We thank you for your support and commitment to the Summit. We will continue to monitor this situation and look forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our industry partners in the future. In the coming months, we will provide further updates as we determine our possible attendance at other events. Know that we value your business and take these measures to ensure we can provide our business partners with the services they need.