The June issue of Progressive Housewares magazine is out now, accompanied by annual supplement Progressive Electrical in what is a really special ‘Return to Retail’ edition.
The special issue also includes an extensive preview to Exclusively Digital 2020, BHETA’s innovative online event which is scheduled to take place week commencing 6 July 2020. With hundreds of new range launches as well as educational webinars and networking, the event will bring together some 130 companies from across housewares, tabletop, small electrical and gift, culminating in some 5,000 brands being launched to thousands of domestic and international buyers, trade contacts, influencers and journalists. Read the full show preview here.
Of course there’s a lot of views to be aired with retailers wanting to share their latest thoughts from the high street, while the warm weather offers suppliers a chance to talk about the best glassware for those ice cold beverages of choice.
Progressive Electrical showcases the very latest from the SDA section of the market in its sixth edition, fortunately timed as the market has seen a big impact on online sales of certain small domestic appliances. For example, the rush to buy flour coincided with a surge in demand for breadmakers. Moreover, takeaway lattes and deli takeouts lunches were replaced by home-created ‘fakeways,’ increasing demand for coffee machines and food prep appliances.
In this issue, GfK’s Marco Salerno reveals some startling figures when discussing how lockdown has influenced consumers’ electrical buying patterns, while various different retailers provide some experiences of lockdown sales, along with ‘star performing’ SDAs. Of course, there are hopes that the lockdown has ignited some lasting passions for making good food and drink that will continue to bring some positive influence to the industry.
There are also positives in the expectations of newness and looking ahead. For example, The Funky Appliance Company is providing invigorating doses of fresh design to everyday appliances, while two new entrants to the UK market – Gastroback and ritterwerk – highlight how their products address current and longer-term trends. There are also plenty of exciting developments in smart kitchen technology from exhibitors that were due to showcase innovation at The Inspired Home Show.
Progressive Housewares is thrilled to have remained active and working with you over the last few months, and extends its thanks to every single one of you who kept in touch, took part in panel discussions, allowed us to pop in and check on your shop re-openings and everyone else who we have spoken to.
“It has been our aim to be absolutely alongside the market during the fight,” said Rob Willis, director / co-owner at Max Publishing which owns Progressive Housewares, HousewaresNews.net and the Excellence In Housewares Awards. “Trade media enjoy being there in the good times, but that absolutely means we must step-up and support you in the bad times – I am proud that our team did exactly that and we thank the housewares sector for their continued friendship and business – in that order.”