Keynote speakers focus on consumer trends and colour at The Inspired Home Show

Leading retail executives, market data analysts and consumer trend and colour forecast experts will share their home and housewares industry vision in special keynote presentations during The Inspired Home Show 2023.

The Show will be held March 4-7 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. The keynotes are set for Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Room S102 in the South Building. The hour-long sessions will be held at 1pm each day and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to all show attendees.

In the Show’s opening keynote, Julie Barber, executive vice president, general merchandising, Walmart U.S., and Justine Van Buren, general manager, home goods, Walmart Marketplace, will examine how Walmart has adapted to meet the needs of its customers in a presentation entitled Winning in an Evolving Retail Landscape at 1pm Saturday, March 4. Barber and Van Buren will dive into Walmart’s growth as a true omnichannel retailer; explain how Walmart is using both owned and marketplace-offered merchandise to become even more relevant for customers; and describe how to be successful in today’s omni world.

Other keynote sessions will focus on exclusive IHA data on consumer values, insights on consumer expectations that drive purchasing and a look at the inspiration, clarity and meaning to future colour and design trends. They feature veteran IHA trend forecasters and keynoters Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Eiseman Centre for Colour Information and Training and executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute; and Tom Mirabile, principal of Springboard Futures, along with industry experts Joe Derochowski, vice president and home industry advisor for The NPD Group; Leana Salamah, vice president, marketing, International Housewares Association; and Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomePage News.

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