Sold-out: 2018 In­ter­na­tional Home + House­wares Show Brims with Innovation

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The show’s spe­cial pre­view events at­tracted nearly 700 buyer and me­dia at­ten­dees, in­creas­ing at­ten­dance over last year

The Show’s spe­cial pre­view events at­tracted nearly 700 buyer and me­dia at­ten­dees, in­creas­ing at­ten­dance over last year. Trend­ing Today spot­lighted “A Mar­ket­place for Hy­dra­tion” and hosted 60 new and cur­rent ex­hibitors of hy­dra­tion and hy­dra­tion-re­lated prod­ucts.

The 2018 In­ter­na­tional Home + House­wares Show has gar­nered rave re­views from the in­dus­try with an over­all sen­ti­ment that the qual­ity of top-to-top buyer and seller at­ten­dees was the strong­est in years. The Show was sold-out with 2,244 ex­hibitors from 53 coun­tries and fea­tured a fo­cus on the smart home and con­nected prod­ucts.

“We are very pleased with buyer at­ten­dance as 99 per­cent of the top 200 do­mes­tic re­tail­ers reg­is­tered to at­tend, and in­ter­na­tional at­ten­dance was very close to last year’s record num­ber,” said Phil Brandl, Pres­i­dent & CEO of the not­for-profit In­ter­na­tional House­wares As­so­ci­a­tion, which owns and op­er­ates the show.

“In ad­di­tion, se­nior-level at­ten­dance from both re­tail­ers and sup­pli­ers was par­tic­u­larly strong. Many of our well­known vet­eran ex­hibitors ex­pressed that it was their best Show ever in terms of meet­ing with top ex­ec­u­tives from re­tail­ers and the qual­ity of those meet­ings.”

This year saw a grow­ing fo­cus on smart and con­nected prod­ucts with the IHA Smart Home Pav­il­ion ex­panded to 28 new and cur­rent ex­hibitors dis­play­ing emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and the lat­est in smart and con­nected prod­ucts, along with the ad­di­tion of the Smart Talks stage fea­tur­ing 30-minute ses­sions led by es­tab­lished ex­perts who dis­cussed food trends, data se­cu­rity for busi­nesses and con­sumers and track­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of prod­uct pack­ag­ing, along with in­no­va­tors of­fer­ing new re­tail mod­els for reach­ing con­sumers and strate­gies for de­vel­op­ing and man­ag­ing data-driven con­nected prod­ucts and their ser­vices.

The in­au­gu­ral Trend­ing Today

Pre­view joined the New Ex­hibitor Pre­view on Satur­day morn­ing to give buy­ers and me­dia an op­por­tu­nity to see 150 ex­hibitors be­fore the Show floor opened. The events at­tracted nearly 700 buyer and me­dia at­ten­dees, in­creas­ing at­ten­dance over last year. Trend­ing Today spot­lighted “A Mar­ket­place for Hy­dra­tion” and hosted 60 new and cur­rent ex­hibitors of hy­dra­tion and hy­dra­tion-re­lated prod­ucts.

The Show also in­cluded a series of thought-pro­vok­ing ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions, in­clud­ing key­note pro­grams on color and de­sign trends by Lee Eise­man of the Pantone Color In­sti­tute; a panel of thought lead­ers dis­cussing the smart kitchen and ex­plo­ration of the re­tail re­nais­sance by Tom Mirabile of Life­time Brands. In ad­di­tion, the Innovation Theater of­fered 21 pre­sen­ta­tions on the smart home and con­nected prod­ucts; age and gen­der mar­ket­ing; and in­ter­na­tional re­tail and con­sumer life­style trends. Au­dio and video record­ings of the ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions are avail­able at http://www.house­wares.org/education/pre­sen­ta­tions-we­bi­nars.

The 2019 In­ter­na­tional Home + House­wares Show will be held March 2-5 at Mccormick Place, Chicago USA. 2019 at­tendee regis­tra­tion and ad­di­tional Show in­for­ma­tion are avail­able at www. house­wares.org.

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