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Eddingtons at Global Forum

Eddingtons’ commercial director, Richard Walker is one of the speakers at the 2019 Global Forum, to be held from September15-17 in San Diego, California. Members of the UK housewares industry are also welcome to attend the event, which is sponsored by sponsored by the International Business Council (IBC), a special interest group of International Housewares Association (IHA) members dedicated to increasing their international business. The forum is open to IBC and non-IBC members from around the globe.

The two-day Global Forum is aimed at housewares suppliers that are new to the international arena as well as veteran sales executives wanting to grow their global business. It features presentations from buyers and distributors covering Asia, Spain and the UK along with sessions on opportunities in key markets.

Above: Networking discussions at last year’s Global Forum.
Above: Networking discussions at last year’s Global Forum.

“It is a real honour to be asked to speak about our role as a distributor,’ Richard Walker told Richard will discuss the nuances of those markets covered by Eddingtons and what the company looks for in its ideal suppliers.

“The Global Forum presents our members with a unique opportunity to not just learn about international sales issues but also network with the buyers who are speaking as well as their like-minded exporting colleagues who share a similar goal – to increase global sales,” said Mark Adkison, IHA’s vice president, international. “As a former IBC president and attendee at many Global Forums when I worked for an IHA member company, the networking opportunities are as rewarding as the education.”

Above: Opportunities to share experiences at last year’s Global Forum.
Above: Opportunities to share experiences at last year’s Global Forum.

Other confirmed speakers include citiesocial’s Matt Ryan, international business development manager, who will describe how this e-commerce platform reaches customers across many key markets in Asia, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Another speaker is Carles Montori, marketing manager of Spanish retailer (and 2016 Global Innovation Awards (gia) National winner) Culinarium. The home and housewares retailer has 15 outlets across Spain.

Carles will discuss how the fifth generation, family owned retailer has successfully innovated and gradually increased store count at a pace to maintain loyal customers, while attracting new customers during a challenging time in brick and mortar retail.

Above: One of the speakers at the 2018 Global Forum.
Above: One of the speakers at the 2018 Global Forum.

The event will feature insights from experts representing Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the UK.

For further information or to sign up for the Global Forum visit or contact Lori Szudarek, senior manager, international, at +1 847-692-0116 or email


Top: Eddingtons will be sharing its insights as a UK distributor at the IBC Global Forum in California.

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