Chicago show gets earlier opening

After a successful Saturday opening for the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show in the US, organiser International Housewares Association has announced that the 2013 Show will open at 10am on Saturday, March 2 and close at 3pm on Tuesday, March 5.

“The decision to adjust the hours slightly was made after a full review of all the buyer scan data and listening to all of our customers through surveys, exhibitor and retailer advisory groups and one-to-one conversations,” said Phil Brandl, president of IHA.

“Lengthening the 2012 Show to a four-day pattern was extremely well received by our retail customers. Survey data shows the average length of stay for a buyer increased by almost one-half day.”

Added Richard L. Boynton, Jr., president & ceo of Jura Capresso and IHA’s Chairman of the Board:”Our gourmet store members have requested on multiple occasions that they need more time to work the show.They need time to meet with their current suppliers, but also more time to seek out new product as well as new suppliers. Large chain buyers have said they are in Chicago on Saturday and would prefer to meet with their vendors.”

Held in Chicago, the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show will feature more than 2,100 exhibitors from around the globe, attracting attendees from over 100 countries.

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