HomeWorld Teams With Home Improvement Summit

ORLANDO— HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® has been named the U.S. housewares media sponsor of the second annual Home Improvement eRetailer Summit in connection with the event’s expanded home products scope.

The summit— to be held September 13 through 15 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando— provides a face-to-face forum for hardware, housewares and home improvement suppliers and retailers to learn from leading North American e-retail buyers and executives. Through a program of educational sessions and one-on-one meetings, the summit is designed to help the hardware/tools, home décor, paint, housewares, lawn and garden, outdoor living, and flooring sectors develop winning e-commerce strategies.

HomeWorld Business, as a media sponsor, is teaming with the organizers of the Home Improvement eRetailer Summit on housewares-related content development, promotion and editorial coverage.

“As our event enters its second year, we are focused on representing a broader range of home-related sectors,” said Sonya Ruff Jarvis, managing member of Jarvis Consultants and the event’s founder. “I am so excited to have HomeWorld Business join with us as our U.S. housewares media sponsor. This publication is considered the leader in the housewares industry, and our new partnership reinforces the broader commitment of the Home Improvement eRetailer Summit.”

Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomeWorld Business, added, “Housewares is an important growth sector for the home improvement e-commerce business, and we’re privileged to help connect the housewares business with the strategic insights, practical guidance and one-on-one networking opportunities delivered by the Home Improvement eRetailer Summit.”

The conference portion of the summit has been enhanced this year for retailers and vendors to learn best practices from leading online retailers, suppliers and third-party service providers, Ruff Jarvis said.

Presenters include Alyssa Steele, dmm/home and garden for eBay; Steve Greenspon, CEO of Honey-Can-Do International; Al Meyers of the retail consultancy Kalypso; Paula DaSilva, svp/sales for Asia Pacific and the Americas at CitiXsys; and Elizabeth Ragone, svp/direct to consumer for Lenox. HomeWorld’s Giannetti will moderate a special session on e-commerce logistics and distribution.

“This year’s Home Improvement eRetailer Summit will be an incredible meeting place for vendors and e-retailers, and a real ‘boot camp’ for anyone trying to understand how to increase their e-commerce sales,” Ruff Jarvis said. “The whole purpose of the summit is to connect retailers and vendors with great, executable strategies.”

Early-bird pricing until May 31 lets delegates save $100 on registration, while participating vendors can save $1,500. For more information go to www.eretailersummit.com.