Vendors recognized at distribution conference
More than 350 distributors and manufacturers attended the Executive Planning Conference, hosted by Distribution America and PRO Group in Naples, Fla. from Nov. 2 to 4. Held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, the joint annual conference, designed to reduce reduce costs and increase value for all participants, helped arrange 2,693 one-on-one sessions between sellers and buyers.
Distributors and manufacturers discussed topics ranging from new product and program launches, prior year fill-rates, order turn-around time, promotional effectiveness, return on asset performance, new business opportunities and how to gain market share with key customers in 2012.
A number of vendors were recognized during an awards ceremony, including the following:
Best New Product Awards:
Electrical: Blackbeam – Clamplight Mini Flashlight
Hand Tools: Century Drill & Tool Co. – 25’ Tape Measure with Compass Guide
Housewares and Seasonal: Boss Manufacturing Company – Arctik Xtreme Dipped Nitrile Glove
Hardware – Master Lock Company – SafeSpace Portable Personal Safe
Lawn & Garden and Pet – H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company – Jet Stream Power Washer
Paint: Intertape Polymer Group – 30-piece Mossy Oak Duct Tape PowerWing
Plumbing: LDR Industries – Triple Head Shower with Jet Sprays
Tools: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation – Dremel Saw Max
Overall Winner: Shop-Vac Corporation – Wet/Dry Vac with Removable Toolbox
Distribution America Vendor Award Winners:
Lawn & Garden: H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company
Paint and Paint Sundries: Red Devil, Inc.
Tools: Stanley Black & Decker
Hardware: Midwest Fastener Corporation
Electrical: GE Lighting
Plumbing: Genova Products, Inc.
Soaring Eagle Vendor Partnership Award: Genova Products, Inc.
PRO Group, Inc. Key Suppliers of the Year:
Tools: Shop-Vac Corporation
Plumbing: LDR Industries
Hardware: Master Lock Company
Paint Sundries: Intertape Polymer Group
Electrical: Coleman Cable, Inc.
Seasonal: Ames True Temper
Key Supplier of the Year (all product categories): DAP, Inc.
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Distribution America is a multi-billion dollar buying and marketing organization covering 50 states and international markets assisting retailers and distributors with merchandising and marketing programs.
PRO Group is a multi-divisional, international merchandising and marketing organization with corporate headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The company’s purchasing power exceeds $3 billion through its member distributors.
NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator
There were no mixed signals this time from the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator. October was down from the previous month, and down ever more from the previous year.
Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group showed that consumers are increasingly concerned about the economy. The October 2011 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, decreased slightly to an index reading of 35.9, on a scale of 0 — "very concerned" — to 100 — "very confident."
The October reading is down from 36.6 in August. A year ago, the perception indicator index was at 40.1
The NPD Group’s U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measures consumer beliefs about the current and near-term state of the U.S. economy.
Source: The NPD Group Inc./The Economy Tracker
SYNLawn artificial grass finds space at Lowe’s
Dalton, Ga.-based SYNLawn has begun selling its brand of residential synthetic grass at 463 Lowe’s stores.
The new program is a continuation of a trial offering conducted in Lowe’s stores in five states earlier this year. SYNLawn will provide rolls of synthetic turf in the most popular sizes, along with basic installation tools for Lowe’s customers who need smaller amounts of turf and want to install it themselves.
About 355 stores will offer special order service kiosks at which customers can order custom-cut pieces for specific projects. Lowe’s stores in 120 locations will offer stock rolls of SYNLawn’s realistic synthetic turf. In addition, 160 locations will offer installation services for customers who need a helping hand, according to SYNLawn.
The program offers three pre-cut and pre-packaged sizes offering flexibility for design. Those sizes are 3 ft. by 11 ft., 5 ft. by 7.5 ft., and 7.5 ft. by 11 ft. These pre-cut pieces of synthetic turf can be used for a variety of projects ranging from landscaping areas, pet areas, play areas, common areas, garages, basements, roof decks and outdoor patios. Costs for the stock rolls will range from $130 to $300.