HTI Buying Group, along with its retail members, will kick off the International Home + Housewares Show 2017 with the group’s annual One Voice Conference. The conference is set for March 17, the day before the IH+HS opens.
Set to take place in the Vista Ballroom in McCormick Place, the annual meeting will include networking opportunities, educational seminars, a vendor showcase and more. KC Lapiana, president of HTI Buying Group, will kick off the member meeting with her opening address at 8:30 a.m. After that, there will be five mini-roundtables in which retailers can opt to attend three.
Topics include Facilitating Creativity and Innovation with Your Retail Team, hosted by Gwen Uhlig and Harald Wüsthof; How to Connect and Engage with Your Customers Better, which will be run by Lia Sorenson; How Your Millennial Employees are Impacting Your Store will be hosted by Bob Phibbs, The Retail Doctor; Tools for HTI Members, which Karen Skalicky and Robert McGinnis of HTI will run; and the last mini-roundtable will be devoted to General Business Management – Exit Strategy, Policies, Procedures and More, and will be hosted by KC Lapiana.
Bob Phibbs, The Retail Doctor, will also host a general session on Showrooming from 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. The vendor showcase will follow at 1:30 p.m. and will run until 4:40 p.m.
In addition to its One Voice Conference on Friday, HTI will also be hosting its scouting report after the show on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at booth #S2233.