The Innovation Theater is the show’s destination for learning. Discover emerging trends and how to invigorate new products. Each presentation is free to all attendees. Speakers share their knowledge of important issues in the housewares industry such as the crucial role of design, the Internet of Things, consumer lifestyle trends and new platforms for product launches.
Highlights of the industry events and seminars available at this year’s International Home + Housewares Show include the following. All events are at the Lakeside Innovation Theater, E350, unless otherwise indicated.
Monday, March 4, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Top Trends 2019. Tom Mirabile, IHA Trend Expert & SVP/Global Trend & Design, Lifetime Brands. Room S100, South Building. Today’s home and housewares market serves a consumer hungry for innovation and experience, and living across a dizzying array of home spaces and lifestyles. Tom Mirabile delivers his top trends presentation for the year ahead, exploring the consumer and retail shifts that are reshaping the home and housewares industry. Whether you’re a retailer, manufacturer or importer, you’ll find new focus and inspiration as he shares his insights and understanding of today’s consumer and what motivates them.
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Title and Panel TBA. United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. The Adventurous Home: Unframing Expectations. Susan Yashinsky, Sphere Trending.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pitch To The Pros. Panelists TBA. Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Meet the Parents – Millennials! Marsha Everton and Whitney Ryan, AIMsights.
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Alexa, How Do I Promote My Housewares Brand Online? Francis Skipper, 451 Agency.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Color In The New Era: Trends, Twists And Tweaks. Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, director, Pantone Color Institute. Room S100, South Building. A view of future color and design forecasts for 2020 reveals a fascinating dichotomy as a new era brings some novel approaches to color and design. A kaleidoscopic of colors twists into patterns or combinations that are authentic and real while other palettes may seem somewhat surreal or out-of-the-ordinary. This new era reinforces the notion that muted and vibrant tones can co-exist, or that a traditional style, especially when tweaked with futuristic touches, brings an unusual and original approach to a product or an interior.
Most importantly, fulfilling consumers’ needs often means providing a sense of the familiar, while adding a contemporary or unique perspective that engages their attention and heightens their interest, encouraging them to make a purchase. Join Eiseman as she explains and illustrates the color/design forecast for the new era.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bring Your Visual Merchandising to Market. Matthew Goodman, IHA’s Professional Visual Merchandiser. Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
12:30 p.m.- 1:20 p.m. 2019 Global Household and Personal Care Trends, Rebecca Cullen, Mintel.
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Keynote: The Formula for the Perfect Pitch, Corey Bergeron, Pitch Video and CoreyBergeron.com. Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. A Smarter Tomorrow: Designing a Connected Home with Meaning. Kelly Clark, John Anderson, Edward Laganis, Smart Design Worldwide.
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. IHA Board of Directors Speak on Innovation. Panelists TBA. Moderator: Dan Raferty. Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Jump Start Your Digital Commerce: Understanding Today’s Consumer Journey. Terri Pucin, FitForCommerce.
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Pitch To The Pros. Panelists TBA. Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Innovative Retail Trends 2019. gia Retail Judges: Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen, Scott Kohno, Anne Kong.
Tuesday, March 5
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Title & Panelists TBA. Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Succeeding in Today’s Market: The Future of Independent Retailing. Carol Schroeder. Author, Specialty Shop Retailing.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Media Panel. Panelists TBA. Moderator: Perry Reynolds. Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Designing Products that Promote Better Health, Michael Prince, Beyond Design.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Inventor Recognition Awards, IHA. Inventors Revue, near booth N7375, North Building.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Color/Texture/Finish: Back To The Future. Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, director, Pantone Color Institute. Room S100, South Building. Have consumer color preferences altered greatly in the past 20 years and, if so, how will this affect the future in 2020 and beyond? This seminar, presented by IHA color/design forecaster Eiseman, will show the growing acceptance of specific variations within each color family that have been important in the recent past and how that is helping to shape future color directions. Both texture and finish will also be illustrated as they play a vital part in the growing importance of color.