The housewares industry faces mounting channel management challenges because of e-commerce disruption. While off-price stores are thriving, for example, department stores are under stress as consumers abandon traditional shopping patterns. This panel of housewares leaders will reveal how they are re-aligning channel strategies to maximize growth opportunities today while securing a more stable customer base for the future.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
|Peter Giannetti, Moderator
HomeWorld Business | Gourmet InsiderPeter Giannetti has reported on the housewares industry for more than 20 years and is a frequent speaker on housewares news and trends. Giannetti also oversees editorial operations for HomeWorld Business’ sister publication, Gourmet Insider, covering the independent gourmet housewares channel.
Michael Stoll has served as president of UT Brands since 2003. The company creates innovative housewares that solve problems with clever solutions, including Urban Trend™ kitchen gadgets that add a unique twist to kitchen tools, Barbuzzo™ fun and cheerful barware and KidsFunwares™ that encourage interaction and family unity at the table. Stoll is a member of IHA’s Board of Directors and also serves on the Exhibitor Trade Show Advisory Committee.
CHESS—Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession—is IHA’s annual senior-level conference for industry leaders. This strategic education and networking event of the year allows attendees to access high-profile industry experts directly and share information and ideas with other housewares and home goods decision-makers. Held every fall, CHESS attracts more than 150 chief officers of IHA’s most prominent member companies. The program includes Keynotes, panel discussions, general sessions and networking opportunities—the most valuable part of the 2-day event according to past participants.