The just-concluded 2013 International Home + Housewares Show was sold-out, with more than 2,130 exhibitors from over 40 countries attracting more than 60,000 attendees from over 120 countries.
“We are hearing very positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees,” said Phil Brandl, president of the not-for-profit International Housewares Association (IHA), which owns and operates the Chicago show.
“The theme of most of our feedback has been focused on innovation, with many citing the nearly 500 new exhibitors, and thousands of new product innovations from longer term exhibitors.”
In terms of visitors, Canada, Mexico and the rest of Latin America continued to bring in the highest numbers. “For the buyers from the Americas, this has become a not-to-be-missed event,” said Derek Miller, vice president, international of IHA. “Also noteworthy this year is significant growth in buyers from other key international markets including Australia, Japan and Korea.”
He continued: “International buyers tell us is that the International Home + Housewares Show has become a strategically important destination to find innovation and new products to present in their home markets.”
The 2014 International Home + Housewares Show will be held from March 15 to March 18 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Details: www.housewares.org.
The event is organised into four “Show within a Show” expos:
-Clean, Contain + Sustain: innovative solutions for bath, cleaning and storage
-Dine + Design: fashion-forward home goods, including the Discover Design category and Gallery
-Wired + Well: world’s largest marketplace for kitchen and household electrics
-Global Design Points/Global Crossroads: international pavilions
The show also offers networking and educational opportunities such as special exhibitions, creative displays and seminars on trends and design, visual merchandising and branding, retail success factors and consumer preferences.