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City of Hope is off to the races

BY HBSDealer Staff

City of Hope’s Hardware and Homebuilding Industry fundraising efforts have so far this year generated more than $2.7 million for the California-based Cancer research and disease treatment center.

The total donations are certain to swell as the industry fundraising group enters a heavy season of events, including a first-ever event at the historic Santa Anita Race Track. Upcoming events include:

June 23 HHI Day at the Races.
• The inaugural HHI Day at the Races will be hosted by The Home Depot and Signature Retail Services at the newly renovated Santa Anita Race Track in Southern California. An intimate group of 100-120 guests are expected to participate.

• June 7, HD Supply Golf Outing at Lake Oconee
More than 300 City of Hope supporters are expected to attend this event at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia. In addition to golf, the outing includes a cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner/awards program that evening.

• Sept. 24, Midwest Golf Outing
Hosted by Home Depot, this golf outing and fundraiser returns to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Chicago, Ill.

Earlier this month, the 18th Annual Shootout at Bighorn attracted 400 golfers and raised just under $1 million for City of Hope.

For information on how to participate in the Hardware/Homebuilding Industry events, visit www.cityofhope.org/hhi.

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Dealers look ahead to eRetailer event

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The Home Improvement eRetailer Summit is less than six months away, and leading dealers registered to attend already are anticipating its benefits.

“The eRetailer Summit provides an ideal forum to share key insights and trends that are evolving within the home improvement landscape,” said Alyssa Steele, VP of merchandising for eBay, who will be going for the second time. “As the lines of offline and online commerce continue to blur, it’s important for manufacturers and retailers to ensure an effective distribution strategy within today’s competitive environment.”

Jim Carpenter, Director of Marketing for Curtis Lumber, a 21-yard LBM dealer based in Ballston Spa, N.Y., said he’s looking forward to attending his first Summit “to better understand how our regional, family-owned, company can transition into integrated retail and grow for the future. Our industry has traditionally taken longer to adapt to changing trends in the marketplace and I’d rather be ahead of this curve than behind it.”

The Summit, now in its third year, is a unique event that provides a 360-degree panorama of ecommerce by including, among its presenters and keynote speakers, leaders from the worlds of manufacturing, distribution, retailing, service providers, and the business media.

This year’s agenda and educational sessions are informed by input from the Summit’s six-person Advisory Council whose members include executives from a diverse group of online practitioners. The goal of this event is to help its attendees expand their online presence through collaboration and partnerships.

“This Summit was designed to help the entire home improvement retail channel focus on understanding the internet as a distribution channel, and to become more competitive by understanding and capturing the growth opportunity of Home Improvement ecommerce,” said Sonya Ruff Jarvis, the Summit’s Founder.

For more industry events, visit the HBSDealer Events Calendar.

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At Pro Group, a healthy schedule

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Denver-based PRO Group has been busy in recent months, onboarding new members Village Supply of Ceres, Calif.; and fine-tuning an alliance with Val-Test. The group will remain busy at a variety of events on its show-date calendar.

A major one will be the 2018 Group Merchandising Conference in Atlanta, June 18-20. That will bring together the family of distributors and co-ops for three days of carefully organized buying at the Embassy Suites Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park.

Upcoming Pro Group and Pro Group member events include the following:

June 5-7, B.E. Atlas Company No Adder Days, Chicago

June 18-20, 2018 Group Mechandising Conference, Atlanta

July 23-25, Alabama Farmer’s Coopeative, AFC Booking Show, Montgomery, Ala.

Sept. 7-9, Horizon Distribution, HDI Annual Conference & Trade Show Expo, Yakima, Wash.

Sept. 8-10, Prince Corp., 2018 Fall Booking Show, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

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