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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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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Over 1,000 Exhibitors for The Inspired Home Show 2022

The Inspired Home Show 2022 wrapped up on March 7, 2022, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., after three highly successful days. It was the first time that the event, formerly known as the International Home + Housewares Show, has taken place since 2019. Twenty thousand attendees and more than 1,000 exhibiting companies signed-up to discover new products, reconnect with colleagues and advance the home + housewares industry.

The Show featured multiple new and returning attractions, including products, retailers and students honored at the gia Global Innovation Awards; four keynote presentations on consumer trends, retail thought leadership and industry statistics; three days of educational sessions in the Innovation Theater; multiple networking events including a social media influencer meet & greet and New Exhibitor and Trending Today Previews; and a full slate of celebrity chef demonstrations in the Cooking Theater, headlined by Martha Stewart.

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The Inspired Home Show 2022 Announces Shortened Schedule

Following the January Board of Directors’ meeting, the International Housewares Association has announced The Inspired Home Show 2022 will take place March 5-7.  COVID-19 safety-related policies and protocols have also been established as has a shortened schedule for the event.

Before collecting a badge at McCormick Place that provides access to The Inspired Home Show, all exhibitors and attendees will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination or produce a negative COVID-19 test that had been administered in the previous 72 hours. This includes exhibitors and personnel related to the set-up and tear-down of the event. The review of proof of vaccination and negative tests will be facilitated by a third-party company. Details including full instructions on how to provide vaccination or testing information will be available in the near future.

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Housewares Companies Look to Strengthen in 2022

The numerous headwinds facing the housewares industry will remain in 2022, and uncertainty remains. But after the pandemic’s second year, many housewares executives have found a way to manage those headwinds while also putting plans in motion to not only maintain their position, but build on it.

“Unpredictability felt like the new normal in 202l, and now we’re going through another unimaginable event with the Omicron variant,” says Yvette Laugier, managing director of Peugeot Saveurs North America, LLC, and chair of the International Housewares Association’s (IHA) Board of Directors. “But our industry has become more resilient, and we’ve learned to adapt quickly. Together we can face any challenge thrown at us.”

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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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Proposals For The Inspired Home Show Education Sessions

The International Housewares Association (IHA) is accepting topic proposals for education sessions during The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market. With a view on developing successful post-pandemic strategies, retailers, trend forecasters and marketers, intellectual property attorneys and designers, along with experts in branding, packaging and smart home and other crucial business topics, are invited to submit proposals for presentations in the Innovation Theater and Inventors Revue at the 2022 show. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2021.

The Inspired Home Show, formerly known as the International Home + Housewares Show, will be held March 5-8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. Along with the more than 1,600 exhibitors, the Show features world-class industry education to help attendees grow their businesses. Speakers for the Innovation Theater and Inventors Revue come from within and outside of the housewares industry.

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IHA Collaborates with Wayfair on Virtual Product Discovery Event

Connect WAYFAIR to offer IHA members opportunities to pitch retailer’s buyers

The International Housewares Association is collaborating with online retailer Wayfair to create Connect WAYFAIR, a virtual event bringing together IHA suppliers with Wayfair buyers. Scheduled for November 11, 2021, the event will provide an opportunity for IHA members not currently selling to Wayfair to pitch their new products to the rapidly growing, online home retailer, which has 31 million active customers, $14 billion in net revenue and more than 22 million live products on its website. The deadline to sign up is October 22, 2021.

“Wayfair is dedicated to its customer base and its ever-growing supplier partners, and continuously seeks out opportunities to increase its assortment of products,” says Derek Miller, IHA president. “We are pleased to be able to offer our members this opportunity to expand their retailer customer base and connect with Wayfair.”

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