Keystone Automotive Operations has postponed its virtual BIG Show, the warehouse distributor announced, after attempting to move the cancelled trade show online. The trade show, scheduled to be held in Grapevine, Texas, last week, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Last Friday, we communicated our intent to transition The BIG Show to an online event to be hosted on eKeystone.com, from Tuesday through Friday, March 31 – April 3,” the company said in a statement. “Since then, more than 20 states have implemented ‘shelter-in-place’ orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic with seemingly more to come.”
“This is a fluid situation and as you can imagine, we have given these latest developments much thought as well as solicited feedback from our customers and suppliers,” the statement continued. “Based on these discussions, we have concluded that it is in the best interest of all involved parties that we postpone the online BIG Show. As we continue to monitor the developments in this situation over the next few weeks, we will decide on the best course of action to present an online version of The BIG Show.”
Keystone is currently developing content and sections of eKeystone dedicated to the event. This decision allows them more time to collaborate with suppliers on content and video presentations.
Further information will be released over the next week and will include details and updates on our BIG Show Online efforts.