National Hardware Show declares success
Earlier this month, thousands of hardware and home improvement professionals from throughout the industry gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 73rd edition of the National Hardware Show. Show organizers are calling it a success.
“The 2018 National Hardware Show was a successful one,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “With three busy days full of excitement and enthusiasm, we were thrilled to see such a great turnout and hope everyone left feeling inspired by the ideas, best practices, insights and new connections made at the Show.”
Attendees and exhibitors alike had the chance to network, learn about new products and see the latest and greatest in industry trends.
As always, a key focus for all who attended were new products—not only could retailers find the latest and greatest at the show, but there were several featured areas where their latest innovations and developments were on display.
“We’re constantly looking for products for our electrical department,” says Diana Newton, vice president of Bay Hardware in Seal Beach, Calif. “There are always improvements to be made there.”
The educational seminars at the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) All-Industry Conference, held in the NRHA Village in the Central Lobby, were also a popular area for many attendees.
“This event has it all: products, networking, learning more about managing and running a business,” says Sherri Amos, director of dealer support at Home Hardware.
The event also successfully promoted the idea of giving back. Case in point: Operation Tiny Home, which raised awareness about housing instability across the country.
Zack Giffin, co-host of “Tiny Home Nation,” teamed up with local veterans to teach them valuable woodworking and construction skills as they completed a furniture-making workshop. The furniture was then displayed in a tiny home that attendees could tour outside in Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ. The home was later donated to provide shelter to veterans in need.
“The workshops aren’t just about learning new skills,” says Gabrielle Rapport, founder and executive director of Operation Tiny Home. “It’s about a community building and creating something together.”
Nearby was 2 x 4s for Hope, a nonprofit organization that works to build safe and secure shelters for veterans and those affected by natural disasters or who lack safe housing. Attendees could make a small donation and sign a message on a 2 x 4 that would later be used in one of the organization’s building projects.
“It was inspiring for us to see so many industry professionals from across the country and all over the world gather together here at NHS,” Russo said.
City of Hope is off to the races
City of Hope’s Hardware and Homebuilding Industry fundraising efforts have so far this year generated more than $2.7 million for the California-based Cancer research and disease treatment center.
The total donations are certain to swell as the industry fundraising group enters a heavy season of events, including a first-ever event at the historic Santa Anita Race Track. Upcoming events include:
June 23 HHI Day at the Races.
• The inaugural HHI Day at the Races will be hosted by The Home Depot and Signature Retail Services at the newly renovated Santa Anita Race Track in Southern California. An intimate group of 100-120 guests are expected to participate.
• June 7, HD Supply Golf Outing at Lake Oconee
More than 300 City of Hope supporters are expected to attend this event at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia. In addition to golf, the outing includes a cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner/awards program that evening.
• Sept. 24, Midwest Golf Outing
Hosted by Home Depot, this golf outing and fundraiser returns to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Chicago, Ill.
Earlier this month, the 18th Annual Shootout at Bighorn attracted 400 golfers and raised just under $1 million for City of Hope.
For information on how to participate in the Hardware/Homebuilding Industry events, visit www.cityofhope.org/hhi.
Dealers look ahead to eRetailer event
The Home Improvement eRetailer Summit is less than six months away, and leading dealers registered to attend already are anticipating its benefits.
“The eRetailer Summit provides an ideal forum to share key insights and trends that are evolving within the home improvement landscape,” said Alyssa Steele, VP of merchandising for eBay, who will be going for the second time. “As the lines of offline and online commerce continue to blur, it’s important for manufacturers and retailers to ensure an effective distribution strategy within today’s competitive environment.”
Jim Carpenter, Director of Marketing for Curtis Lumber, a 21-yard LBM dealer based in Ballston Spa, N.Y., said he’s looking forward to attending his first Summit “to better understand how our regional, family-owned, company can transition into integrated retail and grow for the future. Our industry has traditionally taken longer to adapt to changing trends in the marketplace and I’d rather be ahead of this curve than behind it.”
The Summit, now in its third year, is a unique event that provides a 360-degree panorama of ecommerce by including, among its presenters and keynote speakers, leaders from the worlds of manufacturing, distribution, retailing, service providers, and the business media.
This year’s agenda and educational sessions are informed by input from the Summit’s six-person Advisory Council whose members include executives from a diverse group of online practitioners. The goal of this event is to help its attendees expand their online presence through collaboration and partnerships.
“This Summit was designed to help the entire home improvement retail channel focus on understanding the internet as a distribution channel, and to become more competitive by understanding and capturing the growth opportunity of Home Improvement ecommerce,” said Sonya Ruff Jarvis, the Summit’s Founder.
For more industry events, visit the HBSDealer Events Calendar.