National Hardware Show Recognizes Homewares Award Winners

Top honors went to four products at the ninth 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: Northern Response International, ODii The Ultimate Grab-It Gadget

Silver Award: BakerStone International, BakerStone Pizza Oven Box

Bronze Award: Cord Buddy, Inc., Cord Buddy

Honorable Mention: DMD Products, Love Handle Smartphone Grips

The ODii tool from Northern Response is a 3-in-1 grabbing gadget, which features a flexible, telescopic claw that extends 18 inches, a flexible, telescopic detachable magnet that extends 25 inches and lifts up to 6 pounds. It also includes a detachable LED light and is designed to fit in the glove compartment of a vehicle, measuring 12 inches long when folded up.

BakerStone’s Pizza Oven Box is a patent-pending design that raises temperatures of outdoor grills to that of a real wood burning pizza oven, the company said. It combines a stone baking chamber with an enameled steel housing, creating an air flow system, which enhances the convection, conductive and radiant heat.

Cord Buddy is a cord holder and secures charging cords for cell phones, laptops, tablets, blue tooth devices and more. It is designed to “keep your cord off the floor,” the company said.

Love Handle grips from DMD is a universal grip for any smartphone or phone case. It features a strong 3M adhesive and offers extended one-handed screen reach and a secure grip for easy photos.

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: Terry Shearer, president of The Organizing Store; Deborah Shearer, co-founder and CEO of The Organizing Store; Carol Ai Mai, vp/City Mill; Marvin Gingrich, promotions manager, Home Hardware; Jay Fording, product design manager, Lowe’s; Steve Domingues, merchandise manager, Orchard Supply Hardware; Tony Luckie, executive director, Storage Sources Group; and John Rij, senior category manager, 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 spirit 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.”

For more on the Homewares Awards, see the upcoming May 23 issue of HomeWorld Business.