Las Vegas Market has entered into a new partnership with the Housewares Training & Information Group (HTI Buying Group) that is intended to further bolster the launch of the new C11 showroom floor dedicated to gourmet housewares, tabletop and specialty food lines at the summer 2015 Las Vegas Market, the company stated.
“With 20-plus years of kitchenware retailing experience, plus a background in the culinary industry, HTI president KC Lapiana is uniquely positioned to understand and address the issues that are of critical importance to independent gourmet retailers today,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of gift and home décor, International Market Centers. “We are fortunate to be able to forge this relationship with HTI, as the organization moves to its next level. Our cooperative efforts to develop exclusive offerings for both HTI’s western retailer members and its vendor members, are integral to the successful launch of the gourmet and housewares category in Las Vegas Market.”
HTI Buying Group today represents more than 160 retail locations nationwide and partners with more than 200 vendors to offer corporate buying programs, merchandise discounts, exclusive catalogs, freight allowances, conferences and consulting services for its members. The company’s leadership is working with Las Vegas Market to develop specialized programs for its western retail members attending the summer market, which will be held August 2-6.
Elements of the partnership will include networking and social events, customized market tours, personalized concierge services, buyers scholarships, dynamic educational opportunities and more, the company said.
“We have surveyed our members, and a core group of regional retailers are either committed or interested in attending this August. The exhibitor base includes some of our vendor members as well as other potential new supporters. We see this as a great opportunity to extend HTI’s visibility to both retailers and vendors,” Lapiana said.