The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show will see a renewed focus, driven by design and innovation, as it shows more than 62,000 attendees the latest housewares and home goods.

By Phil Brandl, President and CEO of IHA

The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show, the world’s largest marketplace of housewares and home goods, will be held March 18 to 21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. With more than 2,200 suppliers from more than 45 countries and 62,000 total attendees, the Show is the one event you need to attend to find the unique and distinctive products to make your business successful. It is owned and operated by the not-for-profit International Housewares Association.

 “It’s smART” will be the show’s theme, which will show attendees “where art intersects with engineering and technology informs design.” The housewares industry is driven by design and innovation – the ‘ART’ in smart. This idea will be very visible with the show’s emphasis on the smart home and connected products through educational offerings and the new IHA Smart Home Pavilion in the Hall of Global Innovation. The Internet of Things (IoT) movement is already part of our every-day lives and is growing rapidly.  Thus, the future is exciting for the smart home with several trends emerging in cooking technology, healthy eating, safety, convenience and voice control.  The IHA Smart Home pavilion will feature current and upcoming product suppliers and developers displaying products that demonstrate the future of our industry.

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CES brings people from all over the world to Las Vegas for a global event of consumer technology and innovations.

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES), taking place Jan. 5 to 8, 2017, in Las Vegas, is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. CES reaches across markets, spans the globe and helps thousands of consumer technology businesses grow and thrive each year. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 50 years. It has become the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. CES 2016 was a record-breaking year. Total attendance reached 177,393 people gathered from around the world to experience technology innovation spanning 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space. And next year will likely exceed that.

No other event gives companies this depth of exposure and reach, because there's no other event experience like CES. It's where business gets done: on the show floor, in and around the various conference program, in impromptu connections and in planned meetings and special events.

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More than 33,000 industry leaders from around the world will convene in New York City for the National Retail Federation’s 106th annual Retail’s BIG Show.

Retail’s BIG Show, the retail industry’s premier event by the National Retail Federation, will take place Jan. 15 to 17, 2017, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. This three-day show will see more than 33,000 attendees from 94 countries and more than 500 exhibitors.

The show offers unparalleled education in more than 100 sessions from 300 industry-leading speakers, along with an enormous, 235,000-square foot expo hall full of technologies and solutions. After more than a century - 106 years to be exact - Retail's BIG Show is still the only place where you can see and experience all things retail.

Retail’s BIG Show is a celebration of retail in every format. Attendees will walk away inspired, exhilarated and proud of the industry of which they’re a part. They can take part listening to series of speakers and attend breakout sessions, networking events and walk the exhibit floor showcasing cutting-edge retail technology. Hear from the industry's revolutionary and intriguing leaders who are shattering the status quo and driving innovation and achieving success. The conference also brings together hundreds of talented young people in a student program to learn about retail careers.

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Join 33,000 industry professionals as they explore the latest products in specialty foods at the Winter Fancy Food Show.

The Specialty Food Association is the engine behind the Winter Fancy Food Show, taking place Jan. 22 to 24, 2017, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The show, established in 1954, is now the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America.

More than 1,400 specialty food companies from around the world will present the latest chocolate, cheese, olive oil, baked goods, jams, salsas, tea and other products to an expected attendance of 33,000 industry professionals. California boasts the largest state presence with more than 339 food companies, followed by New York, Washington and New Jersey, while more than 25 countries will also be represented.

Meet up and-coming specialty food stars at the earliest stage and explore their products before they hit the marketplace in Incubator Alley. The “New Brands on the Shelf” pavilion will feature up-and-coming specialty food producers who are Specialty Food Association Member Candidates. They will showcase dozens of niche and artisanal products. 

The Specialty Food Association is also presenting 10 workshops and business-building seminars at the show to help startups, established manufacturers and buyers at all levels of expertise succeed in the ever-changing marketplace.

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eTail West is the event for e-commerce and multi-channel retail innovators.

eTail West, organized by Worldwide Business Research, is at the cutting edge of multi-channel and e-commerce. The show is a community of executives where you will be invigorated by innovation and attend memorable keynotes that not only change your business, but the way you do business. Taking place Feb. 27 to March 1, 2017, eTail West allows its more than 2,500 attendees to partake in interactive sessions and fun networking at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, Calif.

Some of the notable keynote speakers include: Emilie Arel Scott, CEO of Quidsi; Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer of Barnes & Noble; David Yeom, Co-Founder and CEO of Hollar; and Mike Edwards, CEO of eBags. Key themes discussed at this year’s show include innovation and disruption, and the ways that both traditional retailers and startups are navigating today’s landscape.

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