Product evolution continues at National Hardware Show
The National Hardware Show slated for May 7-9 in Las Vegas will showcase pet products, expand into farm and ranch, and turn its attention to building materials, according to show organizers.
Joining pet products with a dedicated area on the show floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s central hall will be Farm & Ranch. And throughout the exhibit floor, products in the building materials category will be marked with signage.
The changes are part of a continuing evolution of the show, according to organizers.
"We had a huge home run with pet last year," said Sonya Ruff Jarvis, VP attendee programs for the National Hardware Show. "And we’ve added a new dedicated area on the show floor for farm and ranch, and we’re seeing a lot excitement for it."
Companies including Olympia Tools, Gorilla Rack GRK Fasteners and TW Evans Cordage are among those in the new farm and ranch section.
Overall, the show is looking to continue its sell-out streak while bringing in 600 to 800 new exhibitors, Jarvis said.
Rich Russo, VP of the National Hardware Show, said: "Each year we listen to what attendees tell us, and we strive to make the show bigger and better than the year before."
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Smoke detectors, by the numbers
Consumer data show smoke-detector sales rising steadily over the past two years, with a double-digit increase on top of a double-digit increase. The category — inclusive of carbon monoxide detectors — plays out largely in the big boxes, with 54.1% of sales from September through August occurring in the warehouse home centers, according to the data from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group.
Products that combine the function of smoke detection and carbon monoxide detection have been a popular choice in the category for a few years, according to NPD Group. The latest data show the combo-package at 37.9% penetration. Hardwired detectors are growing, but not nearly as common as battery-powered varieties.
Males are more likely than females to purchase a smoke or carbon-monoxide detector. Purchase patterns also skew toward younger and lower-income consumers.
Price ranks first among factors that lead a consumer to a certain retailer. Second consideration is proximity to home, which is growing in importance. When it comes to the smoke detector itself, brand stands out as the most important consideration.
Methodology: NPD data are based on monthly tracking of more than 30 home improvement-related categories and 30,000 opt-in consumers.
*2012 data reflects the period September 2011 through August 2012.
**Key: WHC: warehouse home center; MM: mass merchant; DS: department store; SS: specialty store; HS: hardware store
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ITC ruling favors U.S. washer industry
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has unanimously ruled that unlawful pricing by certain large residential washers caused injury to the U.S. clothes washer industry. This was the ITC’s final ruling in the international trade investigations related to clothes washers from Korea and Mexico.
“As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order on imports of these products from Korea and antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from Korea and Mexico,” according to the ITC’s website.
This vote follows a U.S. Department of Commerce ruling last month that foreign manufacturers were selling clothes washers in the United States at less than fair value.
Whirlpool applauded the decision, which is in response to antidumping and anti-subsidy petitions filed by the company in December 2011 on behalf of the U.S. appliance industry.
"The actions taken today by the U.S. government represent a great victory for the U.S. appliance industry, especially for our employees and consumers," commented Marc Bitzer, president, Whirlpool North America. "We invest in U.S. manufacturing because we believe in our 22,000 U.S. employees and the innovative products we produce. Today the government made the right decision. We expect this ruling will restore a level competitive playing field that enables Whirlpool and other U.S. manufacturers to continue investing in America to produce the high-quality, innovative products that consumers deserve."
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