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International Housewares Association

Contact: Deborah A. Teschke
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
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ROSEMONT, ILL (Aug. 16, 2019)—Boyner, a leading department store chain in Turkey, has been added to roster of key retailers who will speak at the 2019 IBC Global Forum, Sept. 15-17 in San Diego, Calif. Overviews by housewares buyers and distributors covering Asia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom along with sessions on opportunities in key markets around the world fill the agenda of the two-day annual meeting.

The Global Forum is sponsored by the International Business Council (IBC), a special interest group of International Housewares Association members dedicated to increasing their international business. It is open to IBC and non-IBC members, and sessions are geared toward both novice and experienced sales professionals.

Boyner has more than 110 stores in 37 cities throughout Turkey and covers four sales channels, including online. Their offerings include both global and Turkish brands. Hakan ZihnioÄŸlu, deputy general manager, sales, will describe how the retailer operates inside the Turkish retail market.

For attendees new to the IBC or new to exporting, “IBC 101: International Essentials” on Sept. 15 will provide an overview of the international marketplace, including brief discussions on market selection, export mechanics, distribution models, international pricing and INCO terms. The one-hour session will be held before the opening night networking reception and dinner and also allows attendees to meet the IBC board of directors.

The main education program opens on Sept. 16 with an Executive Education workshop by Patrick Lynch, PhD, of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, on steps international sales teams should take to leverage influencers in global markets.

Representatives from key retailers and distributors will discuss their markets and explain their goals and strategies for working with housewares suppliers. Sessions include:

  • Asia—citiesocial. Matt Ryan, international business development manager, will describe how this e-commerce platform helps SMEs sell and market products in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
  • Spain—Culinarium. A 2016 Global Innovation Awards (gia) National winner, this home and housewares specialty retailer has 15 outlets across Spain. Carles Montori, marketing manager, will discuss how the 5th-generation, family owned retailer has successfully innovated and gradually increased store count at a pace to maintain loyal customers, while attracting new customers during a challenging time in brick and mortar retail.
  • United Kingdom—Eddingtons. Richard Walker, commercial director, will explain how this distributor works with product suppliers throughout the UK, focusing on the nuances of the markets covered by Eddingtons and what they seek in ideal suppliers.

IHA’s global offices and representatives will offer insights into their key markets. Offering the top five opportunities for sales in their markets will be experts representing Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the UK.

The Global Forum registration fee includes the educational program, breakfasts, lunches, reception and dinners. For further information or to sign up for the Global Forum visit or contact Lori Szudarek, senior manager, international, at +1 847-692-0116 or email


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The International Housewares Association is the 81-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$364.2 billion at retail worldwide in 2017 ($91.6 billion at retail in the U.S.). The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market, and offers its 1,600 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at, group buying discounts on business solutions services and direct-to-consumer engagement through