Housewares Industry Rises to Challenges of Pandemic Year

Focus on supply chain management, a truly omni-channel marketplace and changing consumer wants/needs (for now)

If there was one universal lesson from 2020, it was the importance of being adaptable. This was, after all, the year when a pandemic quickly took over the world – complete with retail and manufacturing shutdowns, combined with unprecedented demand for housewares and home goods. As housewares executives reflect on the past year and outline their goals for 2021, there’s consensus that even the best-laid plans need to be ready to change.

“Change is inevitable,” says Bill Endres, president of Select Brands and chairman of the International Housewares Association’s (IHA) Board of Directors. “It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, where you live, or anything else … how we embrace that change and how we address that change is what brings success.”

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January Message From FEIBP President

Andrew McIlroy

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and all the best for a prosperous 2021. I trust you all enjoyed a good Christmas break, under whatever restricted conditions there were in your respective countries.

2020 was a challenging year for all of us. Some areas of our industry were particularly hard-hit by national restrictions and a large drop-off in demand back in spring 2020. Since the summer, our industry did manage to recover somewhat, and the remainder of the year was certainly better for the majority of our members. We, therefore, go into 2021 with hopefully a more optimistic outlook for our businesses, even though the next few months will see restrictions continue for all of us, especially regarding travel and contact with others.

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ABMA Webinar: Carbon 3D Printing

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) announces the next installment in our quarterly webinar series from the ABMA Educational Institute. The ABMA is offering A New Tool to Manufacture Brushes: Presented by Carbon 3d’s Jason Lopes on January 19, 2021, at 2 p.m. EST. Jason Lopes is an additive manufacturing specialist and has worked on 3d printed creations for Avatar, Avengers and Jurassic World.

3d printing is revolutionizing additive manufacturing. In this webinar you will learn an overview of 3d printing:

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ABMA 2021 Virtual Convention Information

For 2021, we pivot due to the pandemic and look to virtually capture the key elements of an in-person ABMA Convention and share them with the Industry. Please join us for three days of networking, fellowship and important information sharing.

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2021 Letter From IHA’s Derek Miller

Without question, 2020 will be remembered as an unprecedented year that brought both challenges and opportunities. The pandemic forced people out of public spaces and into their homes, which certainly took some getting used to. But this challenge quickly presented an opportunity for our industry, with consumer spending on housewares products increasing dramatically.

COVID-19 caused the cancellation of The Inspired Home Show in 2020 and the postponement of the 2021 show from March to August. IHA reacted by recreating the physical displays and events into digital versions to continue to provide industry education and connections. These efforts will pay further dividends in the future as IHA’s digital services are expanded.

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Interclean Amsterdam Switches to Virtual Show

The organizers of Interclean Amsterdam 2020 announced this week the decision to cancel the in-person event for November 2020 and will host a virtual version of the event from November 3-6, 2020. “This decision is disappointing for all of us, especially as RAI Amsterdam is ready to organize Interclean Amsterdam COVID-secure and fully in line with all health and safety guidelines. RAI Amsterdam has worked tirelessly to adapt all its facilities and protocols to enable events to be held in a safe, responsible and hospitable manner, says Bas Dalm, executive vice president exhibition and sales at RAI Amsterdam. “But as the situation COVID-19 continues to evolve, and many of our international exhibitors and visitors have been forced to cancel their plans to participate at Interclean due to market conditions and continued travel restrictions, we feel that the show can no longer deliver the quality expected of Interclean as the largest global cleaning and hygiene platform and therefore will move forward to a virtual experience for 2020.”

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The Inspired Home Show 2021: New Dates

The International Housewares Association announced today that The Inspired Home Show for 2021 will be held in-person August 7-10, 2021 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The event had previously been scheduled for March 13-16, 2021.

“As the pandemic continued into the summer, we had multiple conversations with our Board of Directors, exhibiting members and retail buyers, all of whom were experiencing apprehension about the ability to safely convene the industry as soon as March of 2021,” says Derek Miller, IHA president. “While the Show continues to be a critical part of their businesses, the health and safety of our industry is our first priority and moving the event to later in the year allows more time for authorities to successfully manage this crisis.”

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2020 National Hardware Show Cancelled

Virtual Show to be Announced Later in the Year

Over the last few months, the National Hardware Show (NHS) closely monitored the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on members of the global hardware and home improvement community. Originally slated to open its doors in May, the show was postponed to September. Considering the continued impact of COVID-19 on customers and industry, NHS has announced the decision to cancel the 2020 event. Instead of an in-person experience, NHS plans to host a virtual trade show dedicated to providing education and support that recognizes and addresses the direct and essential needs of the hardware industry, later in the year.

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