Top honors went to four products at the eighth annual Homewares Show Awards in Las Vegas. The program, for which HomeWorld Business is a sponsor, recognizes innovation in home and housewares products that are exhibited during the National Hardware Show.
This year’s Homewares Show Awards winners are:
• Gold Award: Enforcer One, LLC, FireAde 2000
• Silver Award: DoorJammer, Inc., Door Jammer
• Bronze Award: Paint Handy, LLC, Paint Handy
• Honorable Mention: CAIG Laboratories, Hand-E-Glove
The portable FireAde 2000 from EnforcerOne provides a non-toxic spray of UL-approved, environmentally-friendly foam to be used as a first response on a variety of fires such as those found in the home. The manufacturer said that the 16-ounce canister operates similar to wasp-repellant spray and can be used from up to 15 feet away. It has an SRP of $8.99.
The DoorJammer from DoorJammer, Inc., is a portable security device that the company said is designed to provide privacy and security. The device fits most doors and is constructed to anchor the door firmly to the ground to help prevent unwanted intrusions into a room. It has an SRP of $29.99.
According to Paint Handy, LLC, the Paint Handy is an anti-gravity painting tool that enables users to transfer paint from the product’s liner to a paint surface without drips. It has a 12-inch diameter and is made of a fabric designed to hold and keep paint in place. It has an SRP of $29.99.
The Hand-E-Glove from CAIG Laboratories is a hand lotion that creates what the company said is an “invisible glove.” The lotion is designed to protect the hand from dirt, paint, glue, grease, chemicals and other harsh contaminants. The Hand-E-Glove is also said to dissipate static and is hypoallergenic and antibacterial. The lotion can be washed off with normal soap and water. A 16-ounce bottle with pump has an SRP of $19.95.
The Homewares Show Awards program evaluates entries based on aesthetics, differentiation/uniqueness, whether they fill consumer needs, overall value and packaging/merchandising support.
This year’s entries were judged by a panel of merchants representing the array of retail channels that attend the National Hardware Show: Marvin Gingrich, promotions manager of Home Hardware; Jay Fording, product design manager of Lowe’s; Steve Domingues, merchandise manager of Orchard Supply Hardware; Tony Luckie, executive director of Storage Sources Group; Terry Shearer, president of The Organizing Store; Deborah Shearer, co-founder and CEO of The Organizing Store; Carol Ai Mai, vp of City Mill Company; Allie Wandner, co-founder and CMO of Table + Dine; and John Rij, senior category manager of Wakefern.
“With the Homewares Show Awards, we realized there was a real opportunity to recognize the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that is still alive and well in this industry,” said HomeWorld Business editor-in-chief, Peter Giannetti. “In many ways it is that sprit that is the lifeblood of this business and we are honored to work with the National Hardware Show to help connect retailers with these innovative new products.”
HomeWorld Business captured highlights from the awards ceremony, including speeches from all of the winners.
For more on the Homewares Awards, see the upcoming May 25 issue of HomeWorld Business.