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Chicago: International Home + Housewares Show

The International Home + Housewares Show  is the world’s premier housewares marketplace, features 2,100 exhibitors from 34 countries, and more than 20,000 buyers from over 100 countries around the world. The show was sold-out, with 2,115 exhibitors from 46 countries and an increase in total buyer attendance from US and international markets. The show also included a series of educational sessions, including keynote programs on the convergence of housewares and giftware, color trends by Lee Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute, an overview of consumer trends by Tom Mirabile of Lifetime Brands, and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking at the annual Industry Breakfast.  We have to assume that, now he’s no longer running for president, the Mittster has considerably more time available for thinking about things like furniture and housewares…  #interiordesign

Las Vegas; National Hardware Show

The National Hardware Show is the place for face-to-face sourcing, trading and learning for the $343-billion US home improvement and DIY markets. This was where to find the best source for products sold for the home and after the home is built, and attracting a worldwide audience of more than 27,000 industry professionals. Hardware?  Were celebrity guests like martial-arts mavens Ryan DuWayne Bader and Bradley Gray Maynard (check out the tats!) examples of “hardware”?  Seriously, what products are we actually talking about here?   Well. building products, farm & ranch, homewares, lawn, garden and outdoor living, tailgate and recreation products, paint and accessories, pet products, plumbing and electrical, storage and organization, tools and toolkits… if you could fit all this stuff onto one Swiss Army Knife, you’d need a fork-lift truck to lift it off the show floor…..  #NHShow


Chicago: International Housewared Show

March 2-5, 2013. IHA tells us it’s “the home authority”.  The acronym stands for International Housewares Association.  This body is the 75-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for over $300 billion US at retail worldwide in 2010. The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world’s premier exposition of products for the home, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services.  The International Home and Housewares Show is, we are told, the world’s premier housewares marketplace, featuring 2,100 exhibitors from 34 countries, and more than 20,000 buyers from over 100 markets around the world.  The Inventors’ Corner Pavilion was anchored by 60 creative inventors and hot-off-the-press new products, a magnet for buyers and news media alike. The International Housewares Association partnered with the United Inventors Association (UIA) to attract a new wave of inventors to the show. What do you get when you cross an inventor with an inventory…?

New York City: Gourmet Housewares at NYIGF

Aug. 19-22, 2012. Design, we were told, moves markets.  It creates trends.  It infuses energy, breeds innovation and unleashes the new.  Design drives business by differentiating.  Hence the success of the Gourmet Housewares Show at the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF). Key categories included cookware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets, kitchen textiles, bar and wine accessories, small electrics, specialty food, cookbooks, storage/containers, picnic and barbecue accessories.  This reflected a significant lifestyle interest in home entertaining.  Cross category home and gift retailers continued to add design-led cookware and innovative bar and kitchen accessories to their assortments. The Tabletop and Housewares division showcased a major concentration of Gourmet Housewares Companies.  OK, who wants to try one of these designer waffles…?

Las Vegas: National Hardware

May 1-3, 2012. Categories covered at the National Hardware Show included hardware and tools, homewares, laws/garden and outdoor living, paint and decorators’ accessories, storage and organization systems, plumbing and electrical goods, tailgate products such as grills, tents, sports equipment etc….  An Inventor’s Spotlight section was co-located with Pitch Tank, and inventors had the chance to pitch their breakthrough business concepts and products to Kevin Harrington, Investor Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank and Chairman of TV Goods, and Steve Rogai, CEO and Co-Founder of TV Goods.  The investor seminar covered topics including licensing of inventions, sourcing from suppliers, funding inventions, distribution…  Hey, I’ve got this cigarette lighter vacuum cleaner thing that also cleans your bowling ball and sets off an alarm if it detects smoke….

Chicago: Housewares Show

Mar. 10-13, 2012. The International Housewares Association (IHA), we hear, is “the Home Authority”.  Their 2012 International Home + Housewares Show got the thumbs-up from buyers and sellers alike. The show was a sell-out, with more than 2,100 exhibitors, and achieved nearly a 7% increase in total buyer attendance, including significant growth in international buyer attendance.  The housewares industry accounted for three hundred billion dollars at retail worldwide in 2010. The association offers its 1,700 member companies services, including industry and government advocacy and export assistance.  With tens of thousands of new product introductions, over 500 new exhibitors and the introduction of new Innovation Awards, buyers found novelty and innovation at every turn”, said the post-mortem appraisal.  Time to head for home…

Chicago: International Home + Housewares Show

The International Home + Housewares Show from IHA (the International Housewares Association) reveals first-hand a wide range of consumer lifestyle and product trends for different areas of the home, both inside and out, all under one roof. Houseware products were categorized into four show-within-a-show expos: “Clean and Contain”, “Dine and Design”, “Wired and Well”, (we’re in alliteration heaven here, people) and lastly “Global Crossroads”, which was for all that weird furrin’ stuff that those crazy furriners bring to the International Pavilion. Actually with 6,000 international buyers from 100 countries on 6 continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa), the international contingent made up the numbers quite handily. There were 2,000 exhibitors from over 35 countries. Who’d ‘a thunk America would have that kind of appetite for housewares from “over there”? Sure makes the washing up more interesting…