National Hardware Show kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas
The 2011 National Hardware Show opens today in Las Vegas, featuring thousands of products organized across nine categories on the massive Las Vegas Convention Center show floor.
The Show will continue to offer exciting special events, including product demonstrations, roundtables, informative addresses and panels by industry experts, including the Golden Hammer Awards breakfast event, taking place Wednesday morning.
The 2011 National Hardware Show is the first to be held in conjunction with the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) All-Industry Convention.
The categories of buyers attending this year also include BJs (warehouse); Target and HSN (mass merchants/specialty/internet catalog); Price Chopper (major grocers); CVS and Albertson’s (chains); and Arett Sales Corp., Commerce Corp. and Foster’s (lawn/garden/outdoor living distributors).
“Personally, I have been attending the National Hardware Show for 20 years and have seen retailers of all sizes, states, countries and diverse business backgrounds,” said Brendan Sullivan, director of merchandising for PRO Group, Inc. “The merchandise team at PRO Group uses the National Hardware Show as an important source for new products and manufacturers. New products and programs are extremely important to PRO Group member distributors and PRO hardware retailers.”
Kris Kahn, president of The Fulham Group, explained that his company’s new line of portable outdoor grills caters to a cross-section of lifestyle segments — from camping and tailgating to beach and backyard entertaining — and that the event enables him to reach retailers in multiple segments all under one roof.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to grow our retail partnerships and channels of distribution at the National Hardware Show,” said Kris Kahn, president of the Fulham Group, the exclusive licensee for Cuisinart outdoor grills and grilling tools. “NHS attracts a wide variety of core retailers from traditional hardware segments as well as other target markets for Fulham, such as camping and specialty cooking retailers. This breadth of retail channels is one of the main reasons we chose to exhibit again this year.”
In Las Vegas: Independents Day falls on Thursday
The National Hardware Show in partnership with the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) will devote a day to independent retailers with a series of awards, giveaways, seminars and celebrations.
The Thursday series of events have been collectively dubbed "Independents Day."
Held around the NRHA Village Stage in the main lobby of the National Hardware Show, the May 12 day-long celebration of independent home improvement retailers will get started with a panel discussion titled “Leading the Way: Local Business and its Value to the Economy.” Held in a roundtable format, this event will feature influential proponents of the shop-local movement who will discuss the importance of local businesses and the impact these businesses have on the economy.
That panel will be followed by presentations on consumer marketing initiatives and retail performance awards.
Two veteran House-Hasson Hardware department heads retire
When Larry Fennell, House-Hasson’s retiring information systems director, came to the Knoxville, Tenn.-based distributor 26 years ago, there were five computer terminals in the entire business. "Today we have 85 hand-held computers just in the warehouse," he said. "Technology drives every facet of the business."
House-Hasson announced that Fennell and 30-year veteran Tim Lawson, the company’s VP of operations, are retiring. Fennell is being replaced by Dennis Quilliams, who has nearly 30 years experience in computers and information technology. In operations, Don Phillips, who has worked in logistics and management for several companies, will take over for Lawson.
“Our company is truly fortunate in that we’ve had professionals in leadership positions who have been with us for decades,” said Don Hasson, company president. “Now we have outstanding people ready to step in to continue House-Hasson’s momentum and growth.”
Lawson also said operations changed dramatically during his tenure. “When I started it was 100% paper,” he said. “The speed and efficiency of what we can do now would have been science fiction not too many years ago.”
The independent regional distributor serves 17 states and the Caribbean region. Its annual sales top $200 million, the company said.