The Inspired Home Show Launches Independents’ Day

The Inspired Home Show is organising a special initiative for independent retailers that plan to attend the US exhibition, which takes place from March 14 to March 17 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

International Housewares Association (IHA), which owns and operates the Show, said: ‘The retail landscape is changing rapidly and all stores – whether mass, specialty, independent, gift or some combination of these – are looking for ways to evolve, compete and win in this new economy.

‘We recognise the unique challenges – and opportunities – that come with being an independent retailer of home goods in 2020. So, in addition to developing attractions and programming for independent retailers during the four days of The Inspired Home Show (formerly the International Home + Housewares Show), will be holding a half-day educational and networking event that focuses exclusively on how to succeed as an independent retailer in today’s market.’

This free session will be held the day before the Show opens on Friday March 13 in the Vista Ballroom (S406a, South Building).

The agenda is:

12:45 PM Check-In

1:00 PM ‘How On-Trend Products Can Make In-Store Shopping A Must and Bolster Store Sales and Profits’ by Tom Mirabile, co-founder & principal of Springboard Insights and IHA’s consumer trend forecaster

1:45 PM ‘Proven Techniques to Increase Sales, Profits & Cash Flow’ by Paul Erickson, director, marketing & sales of Management One

2:30 PM Networking Break

3:00 PM ‘Catching Like Wildfire: Using Social Influencers’ by Lenise Willis, editor in chief of ‘Gifts & Decorative Accessories’

3:45 PM ‘Sidelines That Sell, Merchandise Strategies to Help Your Store Succeed’ by Ari Lowenstein, past president if the Gift Sales Manager Association

4:30 PM Overview – The Inspired Home Show

4:45 PM Networking Cocktail Reception

This offer is exclusive to independent retailers that sell home and housewares goods and there are limited seats available. There is no charge but an RSVP is required. Visit

to reserve your spot.


 Tom Mirabile, co-founder & principal of Springboard Insights and IHA’s consumer trend forecaster

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