10 reasons why you need to attend the Inspired Home Show
The Inspired Home Show in Chicago is all about providing a complete experience with unique opportunities for sourcing, learning and networking.
1 Unique sourcing opportunities
The Inspired Home Show is known for showcasing market-leading home and housewares brands. It remains true that a lot of new trends and product innovations get first introduced in the US. Kitchenware and housewares generally in the US are driven by innovation and design, so every year at the show there are thousands of new and innovative products and ideas introduced.
Discover Design, the premier design destination at the show, features the world’s finest design and trend leaders. The Discover Design Expo showcases products from all show categories from suppliers who make design their priority. If you are looking to be inspired you can’t afford to miss this.
2 Find new, innovative products
With a strong focus on high-quality, high-design global brands, the show features the entire product lines of leading US housewares brands, product suppliers and designers—not just the products pre-selected for export markets displayed at non-US shows. Buyers have a chance to find innovative new products and product lines that are not yet available in other markets and make sure their stock stands out from the crowd.
3 Sessions with trend experts
Every year the Inspired Home Show features expert presentations on key consumer trends, providing you with information and insight to help grow your business. In 2023, the show’s educational programming will include a colour trends presentation by Lee Eiseman of Pantone, Tom Mirabile’s exploration into consumer lifestyle trends and a state of the industry report on homewares.
4 Information is key
Expand your knowledge with seminars on trends and design, visual merchandising and branding, retail success factors and consumer preferences and inspiring displays from colour trends to the best retail practices and from award-winning design to the latest new product innovations.
5 Keep up with Smart Home
A visit to The Inspired Home Show is a great way to gain more information about smart products and what we can expect in the years to come.
Presentations and curated exhibitors will be providing insights into Smart Home products and developments. An exciting glimpse into the future, not to be missed.
6 Benchmark with Chicago retailers
The city of Chicago is home to amazing homewares stores such as Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table and The Container Store. These retailers feature some of the most innovative retail concepts, inspirational merchandising and exceptional branding.
Visitors to The Inspired Home Show can either visit retailers in central Chicago (special Chicago housewares retail maps are provided) or participate in a Chicago Retail Tour—a US retail overview and retail tour visiting some of the most exciting home and housewares retailers in suburban Chicago.
It is a fantastic way to see how US retailers do things (differently) to keep on top of a challenging retail market.
7 Learn from award winning global retailers
The Global Innovation Awards (gia) are an initiative from The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA) that celebrate retail excellence worldwide. More than 30 countries participate including countries such as the UK, Brasil and Australia. This year’s gia Australia winner Minimax will represent Australia on the global stage in March.
The best visual merchandising and retail practices from the local winners will be on display at the show. Make sure you check them out and get inspired by these innovative stores.
8 Network with industry peers from around the world
One of the benefits of visiting the Chicago fair is you get to meet buyers from all over the world. You can combine work with a little bit of fun at the international networking reception that is held each year on the Sunday during the show.
9 Free things
At The Inspired Home Show, most services are free including admission to both the exhibit halls and the vast seminar program with pre-registration.
There is also a free shuttle bus service between the official show hotels and the fairgrounds.
10 Special hotel deals at downtown Chicago hotels
Traveling overseas for a trade fair can be a costly affair including the flights and accommodation. The Inspired Home Show offers negotiated rates at many of the top hotels in downtown Chicago with savings of up to 60 per cent. Besides accommodation there are additional incentives offered to housewares guests.
The Inspired Home Show is held from 4 to 7 March at McCormick Place in Chicago. For more information and to register for your FREE entrance badge, visit TheInspiredHomeShow.com.