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June 2017

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM JUNE 2017 36 T he 2017 International Home + Housewares Show has garnered rave reviews from buyers and sellers. The show was sold out with 2,204 exhibitors from 47 countries and featured a focus on the smart home and connected products. "We are very pleased with buyer attendance, which was on par with last year's near record numbers, particularly international, which was very positive with buyers coming from over 125 countries," said Phil Brandl, president & CEO of the not-for-profit International Housewares Association, which owns and operates the show. "In addition, senior-level representative attendance from both retailers and suppliers was particularly strong." This year saw a concerted focus on smart and connected products with the inaugural IHA Smart Home Pavilion, featuring 18 new and current exhibitors displaying emerging technologies and the latest in smart and connected products, as well as 70 other exhibitors throughout the show. The Discover Design Expo, in its second year in the North Building, was the design destination at the show, Brandl added. "All in all, the 120th International Home + Housewares Show was a successful marketplace for the industry," he said. The new exhibitor preview attracted more than 600 buyer and media attendees, increasing attendance over last year. The event offered buyers and media the opportunity to meet with 90 first-time exhibitors, up from 60 last year, in advance of the official 10 a.m. show opening. "Response from the buyers is very positive about the new exhibitor preview, and we anticipate attendance to continue growing as more buyers want to begin their day earlier," Brandl said. Media attendance included a significant increase in bloggers and Internet media, coverage by NBC's Today Show, Xinhua News Agency, home-focused YouTube channels and influencers and live remotes by Chicago TV stations. Other major publications included America's Test Kitchen, Better Homes and Gardens, BRIDES, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, CNET, Consumer Reports, Fine Cooking, HGTV Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Hearst Design Group,, O—The Oprah 2017 INTERNATIONAL HOME + HOUSEWARES SHOW

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