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Here’s the pitch to Home Depot

At the National Hardware Show, inventors will show their stuff.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Depot will be receptive to new ideas, new products and new inventions during the upcoming National Hardware Show at the Inventor’s Spotlight pavilion.

The world’s largest home improvement retailer will host a product pitch panel at this year’s event, and there are some heavy hitters in the lineup. Scheduled to serve on the pitch panel are:

  • Ted Decker, executive VP of merchandising;
  • Jim Hovis, senior VP of global brand and product development;
  • Jeanine Huebner, senior VP of hardlines; and
  • Dave Fedewa, VP of product and development.

The above Home Depot merchants will take pitches from a variety of pre-registered inventors. The United Inventors Association describes the panel as a “unique opportunity to get before the biggest home improvement retailer in the industry.”

The Home Depot Product Pitch event is slated for May 9. For more information, visit nationalhardwareshow.com. The 2018 National Hardware Show runs from May 8 to May 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

 

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Ten stops for Hardware Show Travelers

BY HBSDealer Staff

With 2,800 companies, including 500 first-time exhibitors, the National Hardware Show lends itself to freelancing discovery.

And for those who like to plan their stops, here are 10:


1. New Product Launch

New Product Launch offers a convenient way to discover brand-new products that have yet to hit the market. These products have no pre-sales or exclusives, and represent a variety of unique product categories.


2. New Product World

In New Product World, attendees find the newest innovative products from all categories released in the past 12 months. Be sure to visit both areas to get a valuable glimpse today at the products customers will be asking for tomorrow.


3. Inventors Spotlight

With Inventors Spotlight, show attendees can get an inside look at groundbreaking new products that could revolutionize the home improvement industry. Inventors have the opportunity to meet directly with key industry figures, manufacturers and investors to get feedback on their products. Sponsored by the United Inventors Association (UIA), this area is a must-visit to learn about the next generation of hardware and home improvement projects.


4. Ultimate Backyard

The Ultimate Backyard features the latest in grilling, outdoor living and more. Located outside in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ section in the Silver Lot and sponsored by Adams USA, visitors can relax and unwind under the Las Vegas sun, while exploring new outdoor living products and accessories to expand their inventories and help their customers get the most from their own backyards.


5. Smart Home Virtual Reality Experience

The Smart Home Virtual Reality Experience is another new introduction at the 2018 show. Here, retailers can get an immersive look at the future of home automation and see the products, technology and whole-home integration solutions that customers will soon be asking for. Get a head start on your competition by taking a virtual tour of the home of the future and experiencing these products first hand.


6. Operation Tiny Home

Operation Tiny Home will reveal to show attendees a real-time look at what it takes to build a tiny home from scratch at the all-new Operation Tiny Home experience. The National Hardware Show has partnered with Operation Tiny Home to give attendees an exclusive look at the products, tools and techniques tiny home construction crews need to build fully functional and expertly designed small homes.


7. 2x4s for Hope

The new program 2x4s for Hope, held in conjunction with Operation Tiny Home, will be collecting donations to provide shelter to those in need. National Hardware Show attendees will have the chance to support this nonprofit organization by making a donation and then signing their names and a personal message on 2×4’s to be used in future construction projects.


8. Reimagine Retail

The crowning of the winner of the National Hardware Show Reimagine Retail program will award one lucky retailer $100,000 to fund a business improvement project at the retailer’s operation. Learn more about the winning idea and meet the next Reimagine Retail honoree.


9. Catch a keynote

Catch a keynote at the show stage. The stars of HGTV’s “Good Bones,” the co-founder of TreeHouse (described as the world’s first home upgrade company) and professional product curator and The Grommet inventor Jules Pieri are on tap to share their stories and ideas.


10. Made in USA Awards

Feel patriotic during The Made in the USA Awards presentation. Here, attendees can see which projects earn A Made in the USA Award. Winners are chosen by excellence in design, quality and innovation in the following categories: best packaging, on-site patriotic marketing and best new product.

 

The above show stoppers are listed in no particular order. Visit nationalhardwareshow.com for more information. The event takes place from May 8 to 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Keynoters on tap in Las Vegas

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The stars of HGTV’s Good Bones, the founder of TreeHouse and the creator of The Grommet will take the stage in Las Vegas during the National Hardware Show in a trio of keynote speeches designed to educate attendees on important industry topics.

The keynote addresses are part of the NRHA All-Industry Conference, which also has arranged  award ceremonies and other educational sessions for attendees of the show. The National Hardware Show is slated for Tuesday May 8 to Thursday May 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Though breadth of product, exhibitors from all over the world and inventors make the Show one of the most efficient trips for industry professionals to make, the added benefits of attending the complimentary NRHA All-Industry Conference really help attendees to maximize your time and move their businesses forward. Gaining insight from leading industry figures, learning about NRHA’s research initiatives and connecting with other independent retailers, all under one roof is invaluable,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show.

Show organizers describe the keynotes here:

  • Meet the Stars of HGTV’s “Good Bones.” Mother-daughter duo Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk, the stars of HGTV’s hit TV show “Good Bones,” will share their story of how they began rehabbing homes in their Indianapolis community and how their passion led to a successful construction company and a hit television show. Attendees can learn more about their work in filming their successful series, and how retailers can capitalize on the latest trends in home renovation.
  • Hear From TreeHouse Co-Founder and President Jason Ballard. As the co-founder and president of TreeHouse, the world’s first home upgrade company, Jason Ballard knows what the home of the future looks like. Ballard will share what retailers can do to best meet customers’ growing smart home product needs. He’ll also discuss the unique eco-friendly design of TreeHouse’s Dallas headquarters.
  • Discover the Next Big Thing With The Grommet CEO Jules Pieri. Product discovery platform The Grommet has successfully brought thousands of new and innovative products from 16 categories to store shelves. Pieri will explain how her company chooses which products to champion and how Ace Hardware’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in The Grommet influences its path forward.

For more information visit NationalHardwareShow.com.

 

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