Retail Observer

June 2018

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JUNE 2018 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 35 E ven with the impact of the East Coast weather differential [during the show], we are very pleased with buyer attendance as 99 percent of the top 200 domestic retailers registered to attend, and international attendance was very close to last year's record number," said Phil Brandl, president & CEO of the not-for-profit International Housewares Association, which owns and operates the Show. "In addition, senior-level attendance from both retailers and suppliers was particularly strong. Many of our well-known veteran exhibitors expressed that it was their best Show ever in terms of meeting with top executives from retailers and the quality of those meetings." Along with the positive buyer attendance, Brandl said exhibitors also noted fewer trade guests walking the Show due to enforcement of IHA's new policy of charging for companies wanting to sell goods or services to exhibitors. This policy enhanced the quality of the visitors to exhibitors' booths, he added. T H E 2 0 1 8 I N T E R N AT I O N A L H O M E + H O U S E W A R E S S H O W I S G A R N E R I N G R A V E R E V I E W S F R O M T H E I N D U S T R Y W I T H A N O V E R A L L S E N T I M E N T T H AT T H E Q U A L I T Y O F T O P -T O -T O P B U Y E R A N D S E L L E R AT T E N D E E S W A S T H E S T R O N G E S T I N Y E A R S . T H E S H O W W A S S O L D - O U T W I T H 2 , 2 4 4 E X H I B I T O R S F R O M 4 7 C O U N T R I E S A N D F E AT U R E D A F O C U S O N T H E S M A R T H O M E A N D C O N N E C T E D P R O D U C T S . Sold-out 2018 INTERNATIONAL HOME + HOUSEWARES SHOW Vibrant Buzz on Show Floor, Brimming with Innovation

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