IHA Market Watch Webinar Series Examines Key Consumer Lifestyle Trends

Housewares product developers or retailers looking for guidance on where to focus critical resources in the coming months and years can find some insights in a new webinar series from the International Housewares Association. The six-part series, which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays July 9-28 and features the newly created IHA Market Watch report, offers a deep-dive into each of five key consumer lifestyle trends, highlights shifts in light of the pandemic and includes implications for both suppliers and retailers.

In creating the report, IHA collaborated with The NPD Group, Springboard Futures and Cadent Consulting to identify five macro consumer lifestyle trends that are shaping how, what and where home and housewares products are being purchased. The goal was to replace the association’s annual State of the Industry Report with a new report that helps the industry look to the future in the context of consumers’ changing needs and aspirations.

“Just as with the repositioning of The Inspired Home Show, the new IHA Market Watch report is about creating an annual industry resource that aligns with consumer needs shifting from functional home design to aspirational lifestyle development,” said Derek Miller, IHA president.

Presenters in each webinar will be: Leana Salamah, IHA vp/marketing; Joe Derochowski, vp/home industry advisor for The NPD Group; and Tom Mirabile, principal and founder of Springboard Futures. Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomeWorld Business, will serve as moderator.

Each of the first five webinars will include a general discussion of one macro trend, examine subtle shifts since the pandemic hit and include potential next steps. The final webinar will wrap up all the trends and look to the future. The schedule is:

Thursday, July 9, 1 p.m. CDT. Macro trend – Time. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2815936461527/WN_zIjMNn7VSgya0Bzl07XMjg

Tuesday, July 14, 2:30 p.m. CDT. Macro trend – Space. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3515936477676/WN_xaolV3FZQ0mjj9vgKof1Wg

Thursday, July 16, 1 p.m. CDT. Macro trend – Experience. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1515936476433/WN_pxAH28S9TDaDPWk_xsgrGw

Tuesday, July 21, 1 p.m. CDT. Macro trend – Wellness. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8315936494589/WN_mLmf-PVjR2unJWH2BFEG0Q

Thursday, July 23, 1 p.m. CDT. Macro trend – Responsibility. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1915936475193/WN_F_fkNVp2TuSS5Mr5SJsZog

Tuesday, July 28, 1 p.m. CDT. Trend Wrap Up and Look Ahead. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4915936473992/WN_I4H14CFvRNeGYdOM6GJyog

The webinars are free, but registration is required. Participants are encouraged to attend each one but are welcome to attend as they are able. The webinars will be posted on the show website, TheInspiredHomeShow.com after each is broadcast. To download a complimentary copy of the 2020 IHA Market Watch Report, visit  https://www.theinspiredhomeshow.com/downloads/marketwatch-2020/.