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The Inspired Home Show’s new format yields positive results

A new show layout and strong exhibitor and retailer participation at the show, resulted in enhanced discovery, connections and commerce.

The Inspired Home Show 2024 closed on 19 March at McCormick Place in Chicago after three full, highly productive days. The show featured 1,648 exhibitors from 38 countries. Nearly 30,000 home + housewares professionals from over 120 countries came together to discover new products, connect with colleagues and advance the industry.

“The 2024 show built on the success of last year’s show with total square feet of exhibition space being slightly higher. The change to the format was very positive, making the Show incredibly efficient – moving between the three primary Expos, now consolidated into two halls rather than three, was very well received by both exhibitors and buyers,” said Derek Miller, president and ceo of the International Housewares Association.

Strong support for the show was demonstrated through the presence of major retailers and leading exhibiting brands. Attendees confirmed at the included senior-level executives and buyers from major retailers around the world including Aldi, Amazon, Bloomingdales, Home Dept, Target, Walmart, Wayfair, Sur La Table, Lakeland, TescoNext, John Lewis, El Corte Ingles, Carrefour, QVC, and many more.

More than 400 new and returning companies showcased their products. Major exhibitors which returned included Fissler, Joseph Joseph, Scanpan, Opinel, Cuisinart, Tramontina and more.

New exhibitors attending for the first time included Amereican Dream Home, BLENDi, Cricut, Garden Republic, RKW, and more.

The show featured multiple new and returning attractions, including:

  • The New Exhibitor Preview Gallery, featuring brands and products new to the show.
  • The gia Global Innovation Awards, honouring excellence in home + housewares retailing, product design and student achievement.
  • Five keynotes focused on the future of home + housewares trends in consumer and retail evolution, including Beyond Inc.’s executive chairman and the CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond discussing Beyond’s aggressive growth plans and partnerships with suppliers to drive the next wave of industry growth; TelevisaUnivision also examined the surging buying power of Hispanics in the U.S. housewares market.
  • A robust Innovation Theater session lineup featured industry experts Pam Wood and Renee Badiola of Circana identifying opportunities for growth in Canada and Mexico; Tom Mirabile of Springboard Futures previewing the forthcoming Consumer Value Equation Index, which will be used in IHA reports throughout the year, and InSight Trend Index, which will begin posting on HomePage News in early May; Walmart executives discussing the Walmart Marketplace; and Chris Lubick of Verdi Commerce explaining how refurbished housewares opens new market opportunities.
  • Inspired Women in Housewares event providing networking and a panel discussion with top leaders from YouCopia, Made By Gather and Lifetime Brands sharing challenges and successes as women leaders in the industry.
  • Housewares Cares Charity Gala, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the James Beard Foundation, World Central Kitchen, Feeding America and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute | The Jimmy Fund.
  • Video and audio recordings from selected Keynotes and Inspiration Theater sessions will be posted later this week on the Show’s website at com/education/

The Inspired Home Show 2025 will take place March 2-4 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Attendee registration is currently open at https://app.theinspiredhomeshow.com/registration. Exhibitor registration is currently open at https://www.theinspiredhomeshow.com/exhibit/2025-space-app/

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