Housewares Show to Open One Day Early in 2012

       

       

ROSEMONT, Ill.—Next year’s International Home + Housewares Show will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

The additional day has been tacked on “to allow exhibitors to schedule ample time for appointments with key retailer partners in a more relaxed and unhurried atmosphere,” said Phil Brandl, president of the International Housewares Association, the show’s owner and manager. IHA said both exhibitors and retailers had expressed concern at this year’s show about the lack of time for “in-depth strategic meetings. Independent retailers and key channel buyers with broad category responsibilities said they are not able to both visit their current suppliers and investigate new relationships with the show’s many new exhibitors.”

Next year’s show will run from March 10 through March 13.