Hardware Retailing

MAY 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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6 Ways to Network at the National Hardware Show ® Attend the Retailer Happy Hour in Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ. Tuesday, May 9, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Once you've taken in all the new tips, tricks and products in this exciting category, stick around to make new friends and trade tailgating and barbecuing secrets. This year's Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ area moved back to the Silver Lot and was redeveloped to better serve retailers' needs. Join other retailers at this casual afternoon event— retailers receive free drinks! Explore the featured areas. Central Lobby and Featured Product Gallery The featured areas at the National Hardware Show are sure to be full of conversation starters! Check out the New Product World, Made in USA products and the Inventors Spotlight to see the latest in product innovation. In addition, learn about emergency preparedness and energy efficiency in the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery and Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly areas. Download the mobile app. Through the mobile app, you can access the exhibitor list and save your favorites, view the show floor map, get directions to booths and schedule appointments with vendors. You can even export the agenda to your device's calendar app. You can also access My Show through the NHS app, which analyzes your information to provide personalized exhibitor recommendations. Download the app through your smartphone's app store. Check out New Exhibitors. Whether this is your first time at the show or your 15th, there is always something new to explore. There are nearly 500 new exhibitors this year, spread across each hardlines category. To find the list, visit nationalhardwareshow.com/newexhib or check out the new exhibitors list on the NHS mobile app. On the website, you can also see which new exhibitors will be showcasing new products. Go for a run. Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 a.m., Sunset Park Get a head start on Wednesday morning and join other show attendees for the Raise the Roof Run, a 5K run or 1-mile walk, at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the run benefit The Fuller Center for Housing, a nonprofit group that provides housing for families around the world. To register, sponsor the run or donate, contact Henry Downes at henry@fullercenter.org. Share on social media. Keep your employees and your community engaged with everything you're seeing and doing at the show so they know you are committed to your business. Share photos and videos of products you are considering, and ask your followers to weigh in. Be sure to use #NHShow and #NRHAconference with each post so everyone at home can follow along with the excitement of the event. HARDWARE RETAILING | May 2017 170

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