Sunday, March 5

 

9:30-10:20 a.m. 

Innovation Theater, Lakeside E350 

Inflation’s Influence on Housewares Consumer Behavior 

As prices rise on everyday goods and services, some consumers are cutting back on non-essentials, while others look for small indulgences to lift their spirits. How is inflation impacting the housewares industry and what does that mean for consumer spending in the face of a potential recession? This session will examine the influence of inflation on housewares buying behaviors and consumer expectations for future category purchases. 

Peter Greene, Numerator 

 

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Inventors Revue, Lakeside  Lobby 

Retail Ready: Pitch to the Pros Panel

Dan Cass – Liddle Speaker
Kelley Higney – Bug Bite Thing
Kevin Lane – Create A Castle
Scott Wallace – I’m The Chef Too
Pat Yates – Quiet Light
Moderator: Christopher Guerrera – United Inventors Association 

 

10:00-11:00 a.m. 

South Building S102 

State of the Housewares Industry 

Join the authors of the IHA Market Watch report for a lively discussion of the consumer values and demands that are driving purchases as we evolve from pandemic to endemic in 2023. Coupled with hard data from the extensive IHA/HomePage News Consumer Outlook survey, this session will provide suppliers with insights to help prioritize product development and rethink marketing/positioning of products, and provide retailers with insights to drive sourcing decisions and merchandising strategies in the year ahead. 

Joe Derochowski, The NPD Group 

Tom Mirabile, Springboard Futures 

Leana Salamah, IHA 

Peter Giannetti, HomePage News 

 

10:30-11:20 a.m.

Innovation Theater, Lakeside E350 

Food and Flavor 2023-24: Directional Dining and Drinking Trends and the Home & Housewares Consumer 

Trend and economic forecasters agree that the current financial climate will cause consumers to spend more time at home again, including for dining and entertaining. This time, the pent-up longing for newness and adventure will be amplified. That hunger for something fresh is poised to translate into a demand for new tastes, tools, and techniques in the kitchen and on the table. This shift presents housewares manufacturers and retailers with unique opportunities for innovation, engagement, and growth. Consumer insight expert Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf will examine the latest food and flavor forecasts. She will cover everything from ingredients, cuisine, and nutritional trends, and on through new directions for sweets, savories, and beverages too. Retailers and manufacturers alike will benefit from new understandings and inspirations for content and product that will entice an insatiable consumer.  

Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Project Partners Network  

 

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

Inventors Revue, Lakeside Lobby 

How to Leverage Social Media Marketing 

John Clark, TANDM Surf

Kelley Higney, Bug Bite Thing

Lerin Lockwood, Lion Latch

Marcy McKenna, Beautifully Organized

Lisa Wallace, I’m The Chef Too

Moderator: Christopher Guerrera, UIA 

 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cooking Theater, South Building Dine + Décor  

Gemma Stafford – Bigger Bolder Baking (pictured above)

 

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Inventors Revue, Lakeside Center Lobby 

Securing Funding for Your Product  

Dan Cass, Liddle Speaker 

Lisa Lloyd, Lloyd Marketing Group 

Stacey Pierce, OME Gear 

Nisha Sawhney, SnS Design 

Jules Weldon, OME Gear 

Moderator: Carmine Denisco, United Inventors Association (UIA) 

 

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 

Innovation Theater, Lakeside E350 

Decision-Making When Instability Is the Only Constant 
We learned in 2020 that most of what we “knew” about forecasting was both flawed and highly vulnerable to shocks. In 2021, we learned our thinking around the purpose of stores was equally incomplete. Then 2022 was the year that taught very harsh lessons in margin and balance sheet management – the pain of giving in to commercial “FOMO” and failing to pass cost through in good time reverberates still in 2023. In this presentation, Euromonitor International provides an overview of the scale of pressure faced in 2022, the responses that made the biggest difference, sharing how related consumer behaviors have changed in the last couple of years, and how that is translating into the home furnishings and cookware industries. Attendees will leave with pragmatic sector benchmarks, and they will see how rapidly the sector is pivoting to prepare for the next harsh lesson. 

Nick Stene & Catalina Flores, Euromonitor International 

 

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Inventors Revue, Lakeside Lobby 

How To Achieve Success on Amazon 

Jacqueline Daly – Firefly Buys 

Mike Sierzant – Firefly Buys 

 

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Cooking Theater, South Building Dine + Décor 

Anupy Singla – Indian As Apple Pie 

 

12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Inventors Revue, Lakeside Lobby 

“What The Heck Is That?” New Product Game Show 

Kim Burney – Mighty Carver 

John Clark – TANDM Surf 

Jeff Dakin – The Scrubbie 

Tiffany Krumins – OPU Probiotics 

Scott Wallace – I’m The Chef Too 

Host: Steve Greenberg, Innovation Insider

 

1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. 

Lakeside E350 

State of the U.S. Travel Goods Industry 

Beth Goldstein, Industry Analyst at the NPD Group, examines how pandemic-related consumer behaviors and priorities are impacting the U.S. travel goods market. Learn about the categories, brands, channels and items driving growth and/or declines. Goldstein will leverage NPD’s latest retail and consumer data to provide cross-industry context to these results, and she will include her outlook for 2023 and beyond so you can identify areas of opportunity for your business. 

Beth Goldstein, The NPD Group 

 

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Inventors Revue, Lakeside Lobby 

QVC, HSN Product Experts: Pitch to the Pros Panel
Scott Hynd, Brand Innovation 

Kevin Lane, Create A Castle 

Marcy McKenna, Beautifully Organized 

Dara Trujillo, Echelon 

Pat Yates, Quiet Light 

Moderator: Carmine Denisco, UIA 

 

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 

South Building S102 

Consumers In Control: Insights & Imperatives for the New Economy 

Whether you’re on the shifting sands of supply side or the front lines of retail, an emphasis on the consumer is essential. Still, staying focused can be difficult with today’s incessant storm of new, sometimes conflicting, information. It’s time to take a fresh look at the crucial elements of success. Join Tom Mirabile, principal of Springboard Futures and consumer trend forecaster for the International Housewares Association (IHA), for the launch of The 2023 Value Equation Index. In this enlightening national survey, Home and Housewares consumers reveal what creates value for them and which expectations will drive their spending in 2023 and beyond. 

Tom Mirabile, Springboard Futures 

 

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Cooking Theater, South Building Dine + Décor 

Anthony R. McPhee & C-CAP Students – FinaMill Co. 

 

2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m. 

Innovation Theater, Lakeside E350 

PFAS Regulation & Housewares Update 

Fran Groesbeck will lead a panel discussion to provide an overview of PFAS chemicals used to make a wide range of housewares products, and what those across the industry need to know about new legislation requirements related to PFAS and how to adapt. 

Fran Groesbeck, Tobias Gerfin, Tom Lee 

 

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 

Inventors Revue, Lakeside Lobby 

Licensing: Pitch to the Pros Panel

AmyJo Brogan, Invent Tribe 

 David Fedewa, Invent Tribe 

Lisa Lloyd, Lloyd Marketing Group 

Warren Tuttle, MarketBlast 

Pat Yates, Quiet Light 

Moderator: Carmine Denisco, UIA 

 

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 

Cooking Theater, South Building Dine + Décor 

Jessi Michel Agadoni – Mêrfleur Wellness 

 

3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m. 

Innovation Theater, Lakeside E350

Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly Program 

Learn about how Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly program is helping shift customer demand to more sustainable products. Amazon, in this sponsored session, will provide updates on program impact, an overview of new features driving demand to products in the program, and an update on new ways to qualify. Attendees also will also hear about the future direction of the program, and how sustainable brands can qualify for exciting new promotional opportunities. 

Zac Ludington – Head of Category Growth, Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly 

  

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Inventors Revue, Lakeside Lobby 

Live Shopping: Pitch to the Pros Panel

Christopher Guerrera, UIA 

Marcy McKenna, Beautifully Organized 

Warren Tuttle, MarketBlast 

Lisa Wallace, I’m The Chef Too 

Scott Wallace, I’m The Chef Too 

Moderator: Carmine Denisco, UIA 

 

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Cooking Theater, South Building Dine + Décor 

Eric Vier – House of Louie, Inc.  

 

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

South Building, Level 4, Vista Ballroom S406A 

Networking After Dark 

The International Business Council (IBC) invites all buyers and news media to the 2023 Networking After Dark reception. Join U.S. housewares exporters for food, drinks, music and international networking. Complimentary entry for all Show attendees. 

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