Innovation Theater Sessions Focus on Economic Marketplace at The Inspired Home Show

Creating strategies for success in the current economic marketplace will be the focus of this year’s presentations in the Innovation Theater at The Inspired Home Show 2023, March 4-7, 2023, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Innovation Theater sessions will explore such topics as inflation’s influence on the housewares consumer; directional dining and drinking trends; purchasing in a digital world; new packaging concepts; looking at history to forecast the future of housewares; export operations, procedures and compliance; and the state of the travel goods industry.

The Innovation Theater continues its commitment of bringing relevant, topical and actionable content to the Show at a time when the housewares industry wants and needs such information, direction and inspiration. The theater is located in Room E350 in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center. Sessions will be held Saturday through Monday.

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More In-Home Events in 2023: More Clean Up Tools Needed

Trending Today Preview Event at The Inspired Home Show Spotlights Products That Enhance At-Home Entertaining

As economic concerns begin to dominate the news cycle and consumers feel the pinch of inflation, they are responding by bringing more experiential activities back into their homes. At-home entertaining is one of these activities and it is back in a big way. IHA’s 2023 At-Home Entertaining Survey found that 82% of consumers expect to entertain in their homes at the same or increased frequency in the next year; 35% expect to entertain in their home more often or much more often.

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IHA Announces 2022 Honorees for gia Top Window Award

The Inspired Home Show® and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, announced the Global Honorees for the gia Top Window Awards during the “Enhance Your Visual Toolbox / gia Top Window Award” presentation by gia expert juror Anne Kong earlier today during Connect FALL. The Global Honorees are:

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IHA’s Connect FALL Virtual Event This Week: October 11-13

Connect FALL Features Sessions on Shifting Lifestyle Trends and Critical Business Developments

The International Housewares Association will hold the Connect Fall Virtual Event October 11-13 and will feature segments on housewares, food, cooking and culture; a preview of the second annual IHA Occasions Report, examining the renewal of key life moment celebrations and how the housewares industry can benefit; and announcement of the Global Innovation Awards (gia) Top Window Award. Two sessions each day will be held between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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IHA Elects Three New Directors to Board

Three new directors have been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA), the full-service trade association for the housewares industry. They are: Scott Felsenthal, CEO, Whitmor, Inc.; Sal Gabbay, CEO, Gibson Homewares; and Michael Hayes, chief customer officer, Newell Brands. Their three-year terms begin October 1, 2022, and end September 30, 2025.

Also elected were new board officers:

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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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IHA Announces Housewares Homecoming for September

Housewares Homecoming Brings CHESS, IBC Global Forum and Credit Group Meeting Together in One Event

Two critical International Housewares Association educational summits, CHESS: Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession and the International Business Council’s Global Forum, will be held in person this fall along with a new event by the recently formed Housewares Credit Group (HCG). Under the banner Housewares Homecoming, the three events will take place together for the first time, uniting industry alumni, veterans and peers for insights and discussions around the most critical topics facing home + housewares suppliers today.

CHESS and the Global Forum will take place September 22-23, 2022, at the Westin Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., near O’Hare Airport. The HCG meeting will be held on September 21, 2022, at IHA’s offices in Rosemont and with a hybrid virtual option.

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IHA Strategy Focuses on Show Rebuild and Member Services

Two-day Strategic Planning Meeting Codifies International Housewares Association’s Direction:
Rebuilding the Show Based on 2022 Enthusiasm, Continuing to Offer Member Services to Support Industry

Members of IHA’s Board of Directors and several past Chairs gathered together along with senior IHA staff to review the results of The Inspired Home Show 2022 and to discuss strategic direction for IHA, the Show and other IHA member services for 2023 and beyond.

After a review of Association activities over the last two years, results of The Inspired Home Show 2022 and feedback from the Show’s Exhibitor Trade Show Advisory Committee and three Retail Advisory Councils – all of which stressed the importance of an annual face-to-face event – the Board unanimously agreed that rebuilding The Inspired Home Show back to pre-pandemic levels will be the primary focus of the Association.

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