Exhibitors Plan Return to The Inspired Home Show 2023

Top Brands Commit to the Premier Housewares Marketplace

Top housewares brands that were unable to participate in The Inspired Home Show 2022 are committing to returning to the Show in 2023, the International Housewares Association announced today. More than 100 exhibitors that sat out the 2022 Show have already submitted space applications for the 2023 Show, which is set for March 4-7, 2023, at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex.

“We were one of the brands that sat out of The Inspired Home Show 2022,” says Rob Michelson, president and CCO, Bradshaw Home. “Although Covid concerns made our participation impossible this past year, we are very excited and enthusiastic to get back to the Show in 2023 and rebuild those face-to-face engagements that are critical to our success.”

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Derek Miller On The Inspired Home Show 2022

Inspired Home Show 2022 Saturday Opening

Inspired Home Show 2022 Saturday Opening

On behalf of the IHA Board of Directors and Staff, thank you to everyone who participated in The Inspired Home Show 2022.  Buyers from 84 countries came to Chicago to meet with 1,016 exhibitors from 40 countries. While the show was smaller than in previous years, the benefits for those attending were tremendous.

Best Show Ever – when you hear something once and then twice and then again, it begins to turn into a trendline, and while that may not have been everyone’s experience, it certainly was for many Show participants.  Many exhibitors expressed they connected with key retailers like never before – they received meetings, and those meetings lasted longer than anticipated.  Retailers expressed that they found new companies, brands and products not seen in the past.  Yes, 2022 was different, but different can be good – quality over quantity as they say.

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Home-Housewares Industry Letter from Derek Miller

When Coronavirus first surfaced in late January of 2020, no one could ever have predicted that we’d still be having conversations about the virus more than two years later, but here we are.  Although we’ve been a bit beaten and battered at times, we are still standing together as an industry and supplying desired products to consumers throughout the world – housewares are often necessities and many times luxuries, and as the world worked from home, we were there to meet the consumer need.

Our industry is resilient, and after the past two years, we are no doubt ready to take on the many opportunities that 2022 will offer, and I look to the coming month as a turning point when we will once again be able to come together to discover new products and supply chains, to learn from industry peers and experts and to connect with current and new partners.

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IHA Partners with Epistemix on COVID Protocols

The International Housewares Association (IHA) will partner with Epistemix for The Inspired Home Show 2022. Epistemix is a data science company that has built computational models to help government agencies, municipalities, healthcare systems and the tradeshow industry identify the risk of putting on events in specific locations and employ appropriate mitigation techniques to reduce the threat of COVID-19.

Using epidemiological, demographic, sociological and behavioral data across various subsets of the population, Epistemix is able to project, with high degrees of accuracy, the expected c-19 case occurrence in a given group of individuals gathered during a specific period of time.

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IHA’s Derek Miller: The Inspired Home Show 2022

The Inspired Home Show opens on March 5, 2022, with the halls once again filled with new products and innovations. It will be the opportunity for the home + housewares community to come together for product discovery and networking, two activities sorely missed over the past 18 months.

With five months before opening, space sales for The Inspired Home Show are currently at 82% of space sold for the pre-pandemic 2020 Show numbers and include more than 240 new exhibitors. Exhibitors are enthusiastic about getting back to business as is the retail community. Retailers across the country and around the world tell us that digital product discovery is challenging at best and finding new and innovative products is extremely difficult – they see the Show as the most efficient and effective method and best opportunity to explore and engage with the industry.

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IHA’S CHESS To Hold In-Person Event in October

CHESS, the Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession, returns in 2021 with an in-person event October 5-6, 2021 in Rosemont, Ill. As consumers and the housewares industry continue to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, supply chain issues, post-pandemic growth strategies, changing consumer purchase behavior and new retail models are some of the topics facing suppliers that will be explored during CHESS 2021.

CHESS is the International Housewares Association’s strategic and networking event for industry leaders. It is designed for chief officers of all IHA member companies and their top decision-makers and features sessions on critical issues affecting housewares, including supply chain and tariff relief actions, the new retail environment and the consumer journey, workplace changes because of the coronavirus, brand marketing, retail trends and more.

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The Inspired Home Show 2021 Cancelled

As state restrictions prohibiting large gatherings remain in effect for the foreseeable future, and government travel restrictions continue to significantly impede domestic and international travel, the International Housewares Association’s Board of Directors have made the difficult but necessary decision that The Inspired Home Show 2021, scheduled to take place Aug. 7-10, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, cannot proceed as planned.

“Over the last year, we have been closely watching the status of large events from a health and public safety perspective, and have consistently sought feedback from our industry about how travel restrictions and mass gathering bans have impacted their normal operations,” says Derek Miller, IHA president. “With the health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees top of mind, we realized that it is infeasible for The Inspired Home Show to proceed in August of 2021.”

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Peter Giannetti Joins IHA

The International Housewares Association announced today that Peter Giannetti will join the organization as director, editorial, content and education. In this role, Giannetti will oversee the development and delivery of industry-wide content and resources intended to inform, educate and inspire.

Giannetti joins IHA after serving for 14 years as editor-in-chief and 14 years before that as editor of HomeWorld Business, a leading print and digital B2B publication for the home and housewares business. He has covered the home and housewares industry since joining HomeWorld Business in 1990. Giannetti also served as vice president /publishing and editorial operations for ICD Publications, parent of HomeWorld Business and its sister publication, Gourmet Insider. Gourmet Insider ceased operations at the end of 2020, and HomeWorld Business recently announced it is closing operations at the end of February.

“Our industry has relied on Peter for decades to provide objective reporting and relevant insights that help drive business success, and that is exactly what he will continue to do at IHA,” says Derek Miller, president of IHA. “His deep expertise in home + housewares and his unparalleled ability to deliver timely and relevant news and content will benefit the entire industry.”

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