PRO Group promotes GMC
The Group Merchandising Conference slated for June 16-18 in Atlanta will bring manufacturers and PRO Group-affiliated distributors together for business, according to event organizers.
During the event, vendors will have the opportunity to demonstrate products to distributor buyers at the GMC in suites with private, prearranged meeting times.
PRO Group Director of Merchandising Brendan Sullivan described the event’s format as time-tested.
"The one-on-one meetings provide an opportunity for manufacturers to meet with buyers from PRO-affiliated distributors, discuss special purchasing opportunities, demonstrate products and elaborate on programs," Sullivan said. "The business development opportunities at this event have proven effective over time and helped establish the GMC’s reputation as a launch pad for new suppliers. Add the downtown Atlanta energy and social networking platforms facilitated by the GMC and you will find one of the industry’s most productive events."
The GMC event will take place at the Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park.
Stine Home & Yard earns Golden Hammer award
Stine Home & Yard will accept the prestigious Retailer of the Year Award during the 2014 Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony at this year’s National Hardware Show in Las Vegas on May 6.
Stine ranks in the top 50 of the HCN Top 300 Retailer Scoreboard, and has shown an ability to grow sales year after year in competitive markets with a strong customer focus. Stine’s 12 large-format stores and drive-through lumberyards are popular stops for industry insiders looking for best practices.
David Stine, VP of marketing for the family owned retail company, said it was an honor to receive the award, which is a credit to the hard work of the company’s entire staff.
“As independents, we’re all in this together vying for our customers share of the business, and it’s getting more difficult every year,” said David Stine, VP of marketing for the Louisiana retailer. “Hopefully, our story will help others to fight the good fight to gain their share.”
The Retailer of the Year award recognizes “a retail company that has shown strong performance, embraces industry best practices and holds ambitious plans for the future.” Past winners include Lowe’s (2008), Home Depot (2006), Westlake Hardware (2011) and Rocky’s Ace Hardware (2013).
Stine was founded in 1946, when J.W. Stine returned from World War II and entered the construction business with partner J.C. Carlin. J.W. formed the Starlin Lumber Co. in Sulphur, La., six years later. After a name change in 1973, J.W.’s six sons helped grow the company from a single store to a dozen Louisiana and Mississippi home centers. Stine is Louisiana’s largest home improvement retailer.
Stine and its executives are no strangers to awards. In 2013, CEO Dennis Stine was recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as a hardware industry “Top Gun.” In the same year, third-generation Jeremy Stine (son of David) was recognized as a Young Retailer of the Year.
The National Hardware Show runs May 6-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony is open to all attendees, and will take place at the LVH Hotel & Casino, adjacent to the convention center. Festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m.
Bedford True Value Hardware honored
Adam Schoelkopf of Bedford True Value Hardware in Bedford, N.Y., recently accepted a True Value Best Hardware Store in Town award on behalf of the store.
A total of 13 stores were recognized by the co-op during its Spring & Rental Reunion held in Atlanta.
“These are talented business people who work incredibly hard to bring their communities the best service and shopping experiences possible,” said True Value president and CEO John Hartmann.
The Best Hardware Store in Town awards have been a part of True Value since 2007.