IHA CEO releases letter to the industry

As the highly-anticipated Inspired Home Show returns, Derek Miller, President & CEO International Housewares Association (IHA) has issued a letter to the industry.

Derek Miller said: “We’re less than two months away from the opening of The Inspired Home Show 2023 and are pleased to be welcoming the home + housewares industry to Chicago for four days of networking, education and of course product discovery!  By the time the Show opens, more than 1,600 exhibitors coming from over 40 countries will have their products on display.

“The 2023 Show will be by far the largest gathering of home + housewares brands and retailers since 2019.  In fact, the top 10 US retailers have all registered to attend, which attests to the high-quality of buyer that will be shopping the aisles.  These large retailers will be complimented by thousands of mid-sized and specialty buyers as well as a strong international presence, making the Show the best opportunity to reach the entire market.

“Off of the Show floor, opportunities to discover new and innovative products exist at the gia Global Innovation Awards Display and in the New Product Showcases, found in each hall.  The Show opens on Saturday morning with two product-focused events – the New Exhibitor Preview, which highlights those brands and products making their debut in Chicago, and Trending Today, which features companies that offer products that help consumers entertain at home.”

Miller added: “Networking is another key benefit of attending with several special events being planned.  Independent retailers will be welcomed to Chicago on Friday evening with the Independents Reception.  At the close of the Show day on Sunday, the Networking After Dark reception will bring the industry together in a fun and relaxed manner, and Monday evening features the Housewares Cares Gala presented by the Housewares Charity Foundation to honour industry leaders while raising money for charitable causes.

“Numerous educational sessions are being planned, which will include Keynotes and specialty sessions that focus on current product trends and relevant business topics.  There will be something new to learn and discover every day that you are in attendance!”

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