Hardware Retailing

MAY 2018

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May 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 97 With a new logo and new tagline—the tool that powers your business—the National Hardware Show ® is bringing a variety of updates this year. We've compiled a preview here of the new elements that you can't miss. Check out #EvolvingNHS or visit nationalhardwareshow.com for more information. The Show Is On Reimagine Retail 2.0 The Reimagine Retail program is back, with a technological twist. All entries for this year's program were from independent home improvement retailers who would use the award toward technology improvements for their business. "We are thrilled to once again present $100,000 to a small business owner through Reimagine Retail," says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. "Our goal is to empower retailers to decide the best way forward for their business and to support them every step of the way as they make their retail vision a reality." Submissions could include improvements to a variety of business areas, including inventory management systems; checkout process; e-commerce platforms; training software; customer relationship management systems; marketing, advertising and public relations; or the in-store experience. Five finalists will take the NRHA Village stage to talk about their projects on Tuesday, May 8 at 1 p.m., and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. Last year, Robert Lau, owner of Caribou Jack's Trading Co. in Soda Springs, Idaho, won $100,000 to invest in business improvements. Read his story at TheRedT.com/caribou-jacks. Stay tuned to a future issue of Hardware Retailing to find out more about this year's award recipient and their plans. Exciting Experiences The National Hardware Show knows the trends that are impacting your business, and this year, you will find new ways to explore everything your customers are asking for. • Get smart. Featured Areas of the show floor are always at the top of the list for attendees. This year, the Smart Home Virtual Reality Experience will show users how smart home products integrate throughout a home in each different room. • Go outside. After you've experienced a virtual home, it's probably time for some sunshine. The new Ultimate Backyard, sponsored by Adams USA, shows attendees what a real backyard can look like with the ultimate setup. • Think tiny. Operation Tiny Home is hosting a daylong workshop on Tuesday, May 8 at the National Hardware Show. The workshop will end with a complete tiny home on-site. You must register to participate. Military veterans can participate for free. • Dream big. Prior to the show floor opening, on Monday, May 7, the Home Shopping Network is hosting the American Dreams Academy for people who are looking for ways to grow their businesses. The free event features one-hour sessions throughout the day on lessons such as licensing requirements, marketing and quality assurance. You must preregister for each session you wish to attend.

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