More than 350 distributors and manufacturers attended the Executive Planning Conference, hosted by Distribution America and PRO Group in Naples, Fla. from Nov. 2 to 4. Held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, the joint annual conference, designed to reduce reduce costs and increase value for all participants, helped arrange 2,693 one-on-one sessions between sellers and buyers.
Distributors and manufacturers discussed topics ranging from new product and program launches, prior year fill-rates, order turn-around time, promotional effectiveness, return on asset performance, new business opportunities and how to gain market share with key customers in 2012.
A number of vendors were recognized during an awards ceremony, including the following:
Best New Product Awards:
Electrical: Blackbeam – Clamplight Mini Flashlight
Hand Tools: Century Drill & Tool Co. – 25’ Tape Measure with Compass Guide
Housewares and Seasonal: Boss Manufacturing Company – Arctik Xtreme Dipped Nitrile Glove
Hardware – Master Lock Company – SafeSpace Portable Personal Safe
Lawn & Garden and Pet – H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company - Jet Stream Power Washer
Paint: Intertape Polymer Group – 30-piece Mossy Oak Duct Tape PowerWing
Plumbing: LDR Industries – Triple Head Shower with Jet Sprays
Tools: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation – Dremel Saw Max
Overall Winner: Shop-Vac Corporation – Wet/Dry Vac with Removable Toolbox
Distribution America Vendor Award Winners:
Lawn & Garden: H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company
Paint and Paint Sundries: Red Devil, Inc.
Tools: Stanley Black & Decker
Hardware: Midwest Fastener Corporation
Electrical: GE Lighting
Plumbing: Genova Products, Inc.
Soaring Eagle Vendor Partnership Award: Genova Products, Inc.
PRO Group, Inc. Key Suppliers of the Year:
Tools: Shop-Vac Corporation
Plumbing: LDR Industries
Hardware: Master Lock Company
Paint Sundries: Intertape Polymer Group
Electrical: Coleman Cable, Inc.
Seasonal: Ames True Temper
Key Supplier of the Year (all product categories): DAP, Inc.
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Distribution America is a multi-billion dollar buying and marketing organization covering 50 states and international markets assisting retailers and distributors with merchandising and marketing programs.
PRO Group is a multi-divisional, international merchandising and marketing organization with corporate headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The company’s purchasing power exceeds $3 billion through its member distributors.