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July 2019

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM JULY 2019 10 "INSPIRED HOME SHOW" 2020 I t was also the last show to be called "International Home + Housewares Show," as the International Housewares Association is renaming the event in 2020 to "The Inspired Home Show, IHA's Global Home + Housewares Market." "Over and over we heard from exhibitors that the quality of the buyers and attendance of key retailers was the best in years. Senior- level attendance from both retailers and suppliers was particularly strong," said Derek Miller, president of the not-for-profit IHA, which owns and operates the show. "Exhibitors also noted strong international buyer attendance as well." "The high quality of senior retail leaders and buyers attending the show allowed us to be extremely collaborative and has resulted in ongoing communications that no doubt will advance our business in the year to come," said IHA Chairman John Collins, president/CMO at Neatfreak. No less than 122 shows and 15 years after being renamed "International Home + Housewares Show," IHA's premier market- place is being rebranded next year as "The Inspired Home Show, IHA's Global Home + Housewares Market." The new name and the March 14-17 dates were well received by buyer and exhibitor attendees as the show moves to a more lifestyle-focused event, Miller said. "Consumers drive retail purchases, and their lifestyles drive the things they buy," he explained. "Design and function are no longer the sole reasons people purchase houseware products. The Inspired Home Show is taking things a step further to help retailers understand how design and function fit into their customers'

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