Housewares event pairs sellers with QVC and HSN buyers
The International Housewares Association is collaborating with QVC and HSN to offer a virtual event bringing together IHA suppliers with QVC and HSN buyers.
Called Connect QVC+HSN, the event will provide an opportunity for IHA members to pitch their new products to the two retailers.
“IHA’s mission is to bring buyers and sellers together regardless of format, and we are excited to work with QVC and HSN to connect our supplier members with their buyers during this virtual event,” said Derek Miller, IHA president. “Until the industry can gather again in-person at The Inspired Home Show, this type of opportunity delivers the kind of new product and supplier discovery that retailers are craving right now.”
The Inspired Home Show, which normally takes place in Chicago in March, was canceled in 2020 and 2021.
“We have consistently heard from suppliers that their primary challenge during this time is reaching retailers, who they might have otherwise been able to meet at trade shows and other in-person events,” said Adrienne Tiritilli, IHA vice president, trade show. “This kind of virtual event allows non-entrenched suppliers to pitch to, and possibly find synergy with, key retailers who are open to meeting new and unique suppliers.”
Connect QVC+HSN will be held April 27 and any paid-in-full IHA member may apply to participate, the IHA said. The deadline to submit an entry is April 9 and although there is no cost to apply, companies chosen by QVC and HSN will have 48 hours to pay the $500 participation fee or be removed from the schedule.
According to the IHA, QVC and HSN are interested in meeting with new vendors in cleaning (including all-natural cleaning solutions), cookware, floor care, food storage/organization, home environment, household helpers, kitchen electrics, kitchen tools/gadgets, pet, personal care and wellness (home spa prevention/recovery, self-care), sustainability, table linens and tabletop.