ROSEMONT, Ill. —Educational sessions planned for the Innovation Theater and Smart Talks stage at The Inspired Home Show 2020 will be presented as a series of webinars over the next few months, including two this week, the International Housewares Association said.
All webinars are free and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some speakers have adjusted their presentations to address the issue within their topics. Most programs will begin at 12 p.m. CDT.
On Tuesday, May 19, Kathy Kimple, Chief Retail Officer at FitForCommerce, will present “Digital Commerce Strategies for Surviving COVID-19 and Thriving Later.” Kimple will share how retailers and brands are reacting, innovating and applying best practices to optimize performance. She will outline strategies and supporting technology solutions that should be on the housewares industry’s radar in next three to six months as well as e-commerce and omnichannel pitfalls to avoid, and share lessons learned from other retail verticals.
On Wednesday, May 20, David Hernandez, president of Lotus823, will present “The Importance of Having Flexibility in Your Marketing Plan.”
An Innovation Theater session, “How A Successful User Experience Can Turn Your Product Into An Integral Kitchen Tool” by Jane Freiman, founder of Kitchen Insights Group, will be broadcast May 27. In this presentation, Freiman will explain how product suppliers can understand their target’s kitchen reality, the key principles of product testing and how to make sure they have product directions that will ensure a successful user experience.
Several Innovation Theater and Smart Talks programs are already posted on the Show’s website and can be viewed at any time. A schedule of upcoming webinars is available on the Show website homepage. All webinars will be posted on the website after airing.
Euromonitor International, a global marketing company that was scheduled for a session in the Innovation Theater, is making available to Show exhibitors and attendees a report and webinar on COVID-19’s impact on housewares trends. Individuals can download a complimentary copy of “The Impact of Coronavirus on Home and Garden” here.
The company is also making available its webinar “How Is COVID-19 Affecting The Top 10 Global Consumer Trends 2020?”, which analyses the short- and long-term implications of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, here.
In addition to the educational sessions, photo galleries for the New Product Showcase, Trending Today Preview, Inventors’ Corner exhibitors and the IHA Global Innovation Awards for Product Design are posted on TheInspiredHomeShow.com. To learn about new products that were to be at the Show, visit the Show’s online directory, Housewares Connect 365 at Housewares.org/housewaresconnect365, and select “Featured New Products for Media & Buyers.”