No Such Thing As Too Much Insight

Day two (March 11) of the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show should see a busy slate of exhibitor and buyer meetings.

Many more opportunities to gather business-shaping insights lie beyond the exhibit floors at McCormick Place.

The International Housewares Association again has compiled a comprehensive educational menu during the show.

Educational Forum

The Innovation Theater in the lobby of McCormick Lakeside provides the forum for many of the sessions. Learn about the future of retailing and the housewares consumer; the evolution of the smart home; secrets to successful product invention and entrepreneurship; enforcing intellectual property; creating on-trend, retail-specific product; the myths of e-commerce design; Millennials as home buyers; and more.

The McCormick South Grand Ballroom, meanwhile, again hosts some of the show’s most anticipated keynote presentations.

Tom Mirabile, IHA trend expert and senior vp/global trend and design for Lifetime Brands, reprises his annual Top Trends keynote Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. inside the Grand Ballroom.

Color Forecast

Pantone Color Institute’s Lee Eiseman unveils Pantone’s annual home color forecast and shares her guidance on how to evaluate and implement color in separate sessions Monday and Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m.

Mike Wolf, creator of the Smart Kitchen Summit, moderates a panel discussion in the Grand Ballroom today from noon to 1 p.m. on how housewares suppliers and retailers can collaborate to deliver effective smart kitchen solutions.

Smart home is a prevailing theme throughout this year’s Home + Housewares Show.

An expanded Smart Home Pavilion at McCormick Lakeside showcases an array of new smart home products from show exhibitors. A “Smart Bar” refreshment area inside the pavilion presents the new “Smart Talks” program of smart home discussions and interviews continuously during the show. HomeWorld Business Senior Associate Editor Megan Salzano, who spearheads our smart home coverage, will interview John Kennelly of groundbreaking smart products retailer B8ta at the Smart Bar today at 11 a.m.

The need to make smarter choices in today’s challenging retail housewares market applies to much of the action and conversation inside McCormick Place this week.

News & Analysis

Exhibitors and attendees no doubt are focused on securing this year’s retail merchandising programs. But they should try to leave some time in their busy schedules to catch an educational session or two… on top of the hundreds of pages and frequent web posts of housewares news and analysis delivered by HomeWorld Business during the show.

There’s no such thing as too much insight.

See a list of the show’s educational sessions and events in HomeWorld’s Sunday (March 11) and Monday (March 12) show dailies and at