Ten stops for Hardware Show Travelers
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.
Keynoters on tap in Las Vegas
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.
New events showcased at LMC Annual Meeting
LMC held two special events at its recent 83rd annual meeting in Tampa, Fla.
Both were designed to bring together niche, industry specialists with dealers attending the show: a “Marketing Idea Exchange” was introduced along with a brand new “Kitchen & Bath Showcase.”
The Marketing Idea Exchange brought together marketing professionals from around the country who specifically work in the forest products and building materials industry. Meanwhile, the Kitchen & Bath Showcase gathered kitchen and bath designers together to learn from National Kitchen and Bath Association accredited courses, to see the latest and greatest products and to network, LMC said.
The Exchange began with a case study and ice breakers where the groups got to know one another, explored challenges dealers are facing and finding new solutions to overcome those challenges. It featured two professional facilitators to help guide the conversations.
“I attended the Marketing exchange with the group. Whole new group of people I haven’t met, so a lot of networking and great contacts that I’ve made,” said Stacy Bivona of Builders Warehouse. “Our keynote speakers were great, they were very engaging. They kept the conversation flowing and a lot of the questions that the group had were addressed. There was very natural, collaborative discussions — it’s been great.”
The attendees then broke into two small groups to tackle two big topics: “Building Your Pro Business” and “Digital Marketing.”
“I think the most valuable thing about the LMC Marketing Exchange was connecting with other dealers, different and the same as myself, and really learning about what they’re doing as well as things I can implement in our business in order to help grow,” said Jim Carpenter of Curtis Lumber.
Dealers that attended the showcase said that they liked the opportunity to network with other designers and they especially appreciated the accredited courses.
“The suppliers are pleased they are very happy with the results of the new layout of this show where we brought all of the K&B vendors together,” said Deirdre Garland, a Kitchen & Bath buyer for LMC and a key organizer of the showcase. “They are getting a lot more direct traffic, targeted dealers, and they are a lot busier than in years’ past.”
LMC, based in Wayne, Pa., is a forest products and building materials buying group with more than 1,400 dealer locations in the United States and the Bahamas.