06 Mar A Look Back at the 2013 Chicago International Home + Housewares Show
Spanning 4 days from March 2-5, 2013, the 2013 Chicago International Home + Housewares Show featured more than 2,100 exhibitors, including 500 first-time exhibitors, from countries all across the world. An estimated 30% of all vendors at the event came from outside of the United States, making it a true global showcase. More than 60,000 people were in attendance.
For those of you who may not know, the International Home + Housewares Show is one of the top 3 home and housewares shows in the whole world. It first started all the way back in 1939, and it has always attracted buyers and merchandisers from across the globe, including big names like Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and QVC.
A Wide Variety of Exhibitors
At this year’s event in Chicago, we saw a really wide range of exhibitors from all around the globe. There were international manufacturers from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Turkey, and Taiwan. Some Korean manufacturers, such as Neoflam and Coway, also participated in the show to gain brand recognition and to seek export opportunities for taking their products to the global marketplace.
The show featured a number of different products, including kitchen electronics, home environment products, gourmet specialty foods and cookwares, home décor, cleaning products, pet supplies, and so much more. You really had the chance to see the latest trends and technologies in the industry, so it’s very interesting to see which way the industry is heading.
When it comes to trends, we noticed several interesting developments. First of all, colors. The products showcased this year featured some really vivid colors and designs, which isn’t something you typically see with housewares and kitchen products. Another trend we noticed was healthy living. Consumers today are more health-conscious than ever before, so products like touch-free soap dispensers are now gaining popularity.
There were also many products displayed that serve multiple functions. Now, housewares and kitchenwares are able to perform many different tasks and serve multiple uses, making them more valuable to consumers.
And finally, homemade treat makers were on display big time. We saw a lot of cupcake makers, ice pop makers, soda makers, and other treat makers among the products being displayed, and they all seemed to get a lot of attention from visitors.
Looking Ahead to Next Year
The 2013 Chicago International Home +Housewares show was a huge success, drawing big crowds and featuring the best products from around the world. Next year, the event returns to the same location from March 15-18, 2014. You don’t want to miss out on it!