Golden Hammer strikes for independents
Las Vegas — The independent retailer and the family business were celebrated last night at the 30th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony.
Poolside at the LVH-Las Vegas Casino, hundreds of retailers and vendors mingled, the band (Voodoo Cowboys) played, and three industry leaders expressed gratitude and humility upon receiving Golden Hammers.
Entering the Home Channel of Fame during the ceremony, Orgill president and CEO Ron Beal credited the staff of the Memphis, Tennessee-based distributor for the company’s success at serving and supporting independent retailers.
The Home Channel Hall of Fame was founded in 2004. In attendance at last night’s ceremony were 2012 inductee Bob Taylor, the Do it Best CEO, and charter inductee Joe Orgill, a career mentor for Beal.
David Stine, one of six brothers at the helm of the Sulphur, Louisiana-based Stine Home & Yard accepted the Golden Hammer Retailer of the Year Award. He credited all the employees back in Louisiana who work for the 12-store, family-owned business.
In celebration of receiving the Tools of the Trade Award on behalf of Hipp Modern Builders Supply in Mountain View, Ark., Gentry Hipp took his own picture during his acceptance speech, and promptly posted it to Twitter.
It was a move that revealed the kind of acumen with marketing and social media that the small, independent hardware store is known for.
Darrell Wabschall, the founder of The Vendor Center, a company that connects retailers to vendors in an online environment, presented the Tools of the Trade award to Hipp. And Midwest Fastener’s Glen Gevaart and Mike Martin presented the Hall of Fame plaque to Beal.
Restoration Hardware appoints Dr. Leonard Schlesinger to board
Restoration Hardware Holdings has appointed Dr. Leonard Schlesinger to its board of directors. He will also serve as the chairman of the board’s compensation committee.
Dr. Schlesinger has held executive leadership positions at various retail and consumer brands, including vice chairman and COO of Limited Brands from 1999 to 2007, and is an esteemed leader in academia having served for more than 20 years as a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, and as the president of Babson College.
“We are thrilled to have Len join the RH board. He is a true thought leader and we will benefit greatly from his wisdom and experience as we continue our pursuit of becoming one of the most innovative and admired brands in the world,” said chairman and CEO Gary Friedman.
“I am honored to join the RH Board and have the opportunity to work with this exceptional team,” said Dr. Schlesinger. “I look forward to contributing to the continued momentum and long-term success of one of the most innovative brands in retail.”
Dr. Schlesinger is the author or co-author of 11 books and has written numerous articles for academic audiences as well as for The New York Times, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. Dr. Schlesinger currently serves as a director of Demandware, a director of Viewpost, a member of the Corporation of the Winsor School, and is a member of the president’s council of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Amazon partners with Twitter for easy shopping
Amazon has entered into a partnership with Twitter whereby Twitter users can link their accounts to an Amazon account, and add items to the shopping cart by responding to any tweet with an Amazon product link that has the hashtag #AmazonCart.
In order to take advantage of the service, customers have to connect their Amazon account to their Twitter account, which they can do via Amazon.com/AmazonCart.
Customers never leave the Twitter feed, and the product is waiting for them when they head over to Amazon. However, the tweet only adds the item to your cart. The shopper still needs to go to Amazon later to check out and pay for the product.