Connect Fall, an IHA virtual event, is set for Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 with exclusive, in-depth content designed to bring the housewares industry together around education, inspiration and product discovery.
Each day of the conference will offer a mix of education sessions and virtual product demonstrations. Session topics include style and design trends, independent retailing post-pandemic, shifting consumer trends, a new report on consumer spending for special occasions, branding for retailers and suppliers, store window merchandising and the announcement of the Global Innovation Award Top Window Award are some of the topics to be covered during sessions, which will run daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT.
“Based on the success of our inaugural Connect Spring virtual event last May, we wanted to provide housewares buyers and sellers another opportunity to connect around new product innovations, education and expertise that address issues we face as we move forward and get back to pre-pandemic activities,” said Derek Miller, IHA president.
Connect Fall will open with an industry update and outlook by Joe Derochowski, home industry advisor at The NPD Group. Other sessions on Sept. 27 include Independent Housewares Retailers: Beyond the Pandemic, a panel discussion led by Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomePage News, and including Tony Curtis-Wellings with Faraday’s Kitchen Store in Austin, Texas, and Jamie Butler with The Butler’s Pantry in Escalon, California. They will examine how leading independent retailers are aiming beyond the pandemic with fortified merchandising and operational platforms and a determination to set a new and competitive standard for the long-term success of a channel that remains vital to the home and housewares industry; and product demonstrations featuring cook and bakeware items.
There will be several other education sessions on the week’s agenda also.
Each day’s program will also include virtual product demonstrations focused by category, including cook and bakeware, table and drinkware, kitchen gadgets, storage and organization, cleaning, personal care, home environment and kitchen electrics.
There is no charge for to register for Connect Fall. For more information on the agenda or to register, go to TheInspiredHomeShow.com/connect/connect-fall.