Hardware Retailing

APR 2017

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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April 2017 | HARDWARE RETAILING 71 Who to Hear What to See Awards ceremonies and presentations provide an opportunity to celebrate the best of the industry and gather insights from industry experts—all in one place! The National Hardware Show and NRHA have assembled a full lineup of opportunities to take a break from walking the show floor, but without losing a minute of valuable time learning about the industry. The National Hardware Show is hosting several awards ceremonies you won't want to miss, including the Homewares Awards; the Lawn, Garden and Outdoor Living Awards; and many more. Find a full list at nationalhardwareshow.com. Each year, NRHA strives to schedule innovative and inspiring speakers at the conference, and this year is no exception. The conference presentations align with the Forward-Thinking Retail theme and focus on how independent home improvement retailers can compete against big boxes and e-commerce retailers in today's challenging environment, using their customer service skills and industry expertise to create exceptional customer experiences. Here is a list of conference speakers and their presentation topics. • Eugene Andreassi, "Store of Tomorrow", presented by the Paint and Decorating Retailers Association • Will Aubuchon, "Aubuchon Go" • Dustin Kaehr, "Customers Uncensored: What They Wish You Knew" • Al Meyers, "Break Out of the Pack" • Jim Robisch, "The Store is STILL Important" • Mary Walter, "Your Remarkable Service Advantage" • Kit Yarrow, "Decoding the New Consumer Mind" For more information and a full schedule of presentations, visit nrhaconference.com. Products, packaging and merchandising all work together at your stores, and they work together at the National Hardware Show and at the NRHA All-Industry Conference, too. According to the National Hardware Show, 83 percent of attendees say new products are the primary reason they attend the show. Check out these events and areas if you are looking for the latest and most innovative products. The Products Spotlight area shows off the products that could be "the next big thing" in the home improvement industry. Sponsored by the United Inventors Association, this area will include educational opportunities and offer a chance for inventors to pitch their products to experts and participate in the HSN Product Search. New Product World offers the latest in innovations, products and trends across all product categories, while New Product Launch is full of products that haven't hit the market yet. There are no pre-negotiations or pre-sales, and these products represent a variety of categories. See the best-in-class products awarded during the New Product World Awards and the New Product Launch Awards on the NRHA Stage. NRHA hosts the Packaging and Merchandising Awards, but if you can't make it to the awards, you're in luck! All entries and winners will be on display in the NRHA Village throughout the conference. Some manufacturers that will have their packaging and merchandising on display include: • Ames Research Laboratories • DAP Products • Kärcher International • MiTek • Sashco • Simple Green • And many more!

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