MMPI’s roots are grounded in the concept that a central marketplace allows individuals to conduct their business more efficiently. Since The Merchandise Mart's debut in 1930, it has housed products that target audiences and department store buyers want to see and purchase.

Today, we continue to foster business-to-business relationships between manufacturers and their target audiences by running trade shows in a variety of industries. Our shows are some of the largest and most widely recognized trade shows in North America including NeoCon World’s Trade Fair, the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market and a wide range of gift markets that are each leaders in their own geographic region.