Pointing to stats that show independent home improvement retailers bring in $159 billion each year, organizers of the National Hardware Show are reaching out to independents.
Hundreds of thousands of products and more than 2,500 vendors offering special programs for independent retailers who will be on hand at the 2012 National Hardware Show May 1-3. Attendees will find it easier to locate unique products and place their orders for these items while they are at the show.
One of those attendees will be Jerry Meis of Lenoch & Cilek Ace Hardware in Iowa City, Iowa. "Especially if you've never been to the National Hardware Show, it's important to go because it really broadens your horizons and it's impressive to see the selection of merchandise that's available," says Meis. "We're in a college town and we have to be cognizant of leading edge merchandise. The new products area along with the new inventions area allows us to see the leading edge of what are the next great products and give some feedback to those vendors. The Show is also a great way to network with other people in the industry."
Because learning and networking are such an important part of the event for independent retailers, the National Hardware Show team has also worked to enhance the educational and interaction opportunities available at the event. To do this, the National Hardware Show has worked closely with NRHA, which will be offering a complete array of tactical, business-focused seminars and learning sessions at its Rethink Retail Conference, which will take place throughout the show.
Another draw for independents: Lancaster, the nation's largest paint sundry distributor servicing a broad range of independent paint and hardware retailers, will be co-locating its West Coast buying show with the National Hardware Show.