2020 IBC Global Forum To Be Held As Virtual Education Series

The 2020 IBC Global Forum, the annual gathering of the International Housewares Association’s International Business Council (IBC), will be held September 22-24 as a series of virtual education sessions due to the pandemic. The live-streamed event will offer housewares suppliers new to the international arena or veteran sales executives wanting to grow their global business overviews of key international markets and retailer updates via two sessions each day.

Sessions will be held at 10 a.m. CT and 2 p.m. CT and will last approximately one hour. Registration is free to all current IHA regular members. Attendees can register for individual sessions of interest or the entire program.

The programs will feature a variety of global retailers, distributors and market experts presenting information from the perspectives of their markets; networking opportunities after the presentations will allow attendees to ask follow-up questions of the speakers. Market overviews will cover Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan and the U.K. Retailer updates will feature Canadian Tire, Sodimac , EPA and Amazon India, who has been invited to speak. Strategic problem-solving sessions will offer small group networking opportunities for attendees to discuss issues with their peers. The three-day schedule is:

Tuesday, September 22

Morning Session: Key Market Updates: Spain, UK, France, Italy and Germany

Market Update on Spain by Gabriel Soler, co-founder, Yestis

Updates on UK, France, Italy and Germany by IHA’s global office representatives

Afternoon Session: Key Retailer Update: LATAM & EPA

Sodimac Retail Update by Patricia Barreiro, GMM, Home Décor, Sodimac

EPA (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala) Retail Update by Juan Francisco Espana, director, EPA

Wednesday, September 23

Morning Session: Key Retailer Updates: Canada & India

Canadian Tire Retail Update by Douglas Young, vp/merchandising, living division, Canadian Tire

Amazon India Retail Update by Sidram Kaudaki, business development manager, International Sourcing, Amazon India

Afternoon Session: Key Market Updates: Costa Rica, Australia & Taiwan / Strategic Problem Solving Networking

Costa Rica Key Market Update by Vanessa Sadi, GM, La Cucina Ideal

Australia & Taiwan Market Updates by IHA’s global office representatives

Strategic Problem Solving—small group networking with industry peers

Thursday, September 24

Morning Session: Key Market Updates: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia & India

Canada Market Update by Brigette Roy, president, Danesco

Mexico, Brazil, Colombia & India Market Updates by IHA’s global office representatives

Afternoon Session: Strategic Problem Solving

Strategic Problem Solving—small group networking with industry peers

Global Forum wrap-up

“The Global Forum presents our members with a unique opportunity to not just learn about international sales issues but also network with the buyers who are speaking as well as their like-minded exporting colleagues who share a similar goal— to increase global sales,” said Mark Adkison, IHA’s vp/member and buyer relations. “Although we can’t hold the Global Forum in-person this year, we have created a program similar to the live event and have scheduled networking time, so our members won’t miss this great benefit.”