The July 22 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® features the 20th annual Impact Merchants special report. Housewares suppliers, representing the categories that HomeWorld covers, once again were asked to nominate buyers and merchandisers believed to have made a significant impact during the past year.
The selection of the Impact Merchant winners is not intended as a definitive list of the best merchants in housewares retailing. Votes went to several more merchandisers than those featured. This year’s honorees represent buyers in given categories that received the majority of votes by vendors polled.
Voters were asked to give added weight to merchandising creativity, trend and marketing astuteness, attention to detail, openness to risk, flexibility, relationship building and the ability to deliver a profitable program for both the vendors and retailer while providing value to consumers. One thing this year’s Impact Merchants share is a vote of respect by their vendors. In today’s unpredictable retail environment, that vote really counts.
Steven D’Iorio, HomeGoods, Kitchenware Buyer
With nearly 20 years of experience as a retail buyer with a focus on housewares, Steven D’Iorio, kitchenware buyer for HomeGoods, has become a trusted partner for many vendors who welcome his “responsiveness and fair pricing” when it comes to negotiations.
In addition, vendors in the category have pinpointed D’Iorio’s passion for finding emerging trends and bringing them to the HomeGoods customer. For this reason and several others, D’Iorio was named a 2019 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchant.
His passion and affinity for tapping into emerging trends, according to vendors, is culled from his extensive experience in the housewares industry. Prior to joining the HomeGoods team last year, D’Iorio has worked as a buyer for several other mass and discount retailers, often with a focus on housewares including tabletop, gifts, kitchen appliances, as well as food prep and other vertical categories. The breadth of his experience gives him a wider pool of knowledge when it comes to working with current partners and discussing trends and giving his best advice with what will make the most sense for the HomeGoods customer.
Vendors noted that he is not afraid to try new products that others will find out of the ordinary. This approach is aligned with the “treasure hunt” merchandising model that HomeGoods has set up that has reaped rewards for the off-price chain.
2019 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchants (click on name for profile):