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.
New at the Hardware Show
Organizers of the 73rd National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas May 8-10 (Tuesday to Thursday), expect more than 2,500 hands-on exhibits across more than 15 product categories.
New experiential product displays and special events are expected to energize the event and live up to its new slogan: “The Tool that Powers Your Business.” Attendee badge registration grants access to the NRHA All-Industry Conference, personalized exhibitor and product recommendations, the NHS Mobile App and other planning features to offer attendees a seamless attending experience. (Register here.)
“This year’s Show, our 73rd edition, begins a new era for the National Hardware Show” Rich Russo, vice president of NHS says. “For years, we have served the industry as a way for hardware & home improvement professionals to connect face-to-face annually. While that won’t change, in addition to an all-new logo and look, we’re enhancing the Show experience with new interactive exhibits, new ways to showcase trends, enhanced NRHA All-Industry Conference, new participation from retail leaders and so much more. This is truly a year not to be missed.”
Three new Show features offer interactive ways to experience trends:
- Smart Home Virtual Reality experience will give retailers an immersive look at the home of the future and what they can do to become go-to destinations for customers in this category. Take a virtual tour of the products, accessories and whole-home integrations customers will be asking for in the years ahead.
- Ultimate Backyard outside in Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ presents the latest and greatest in grilling, outdoor living and more. Take a moment to relax and unwind and see what’s cooking in this popular category to help make your customers’ backyards their favorite destination in town.
- Operation Tiny Home will offer attendees an exclusive look at the tiny home building process and the products specially made for these homes. Operation Tiny Home will be hosting a 3-day Tiny Home Building Workshop with the host of Tiny Home Nation, Zach Giffin, where veterans will become proficient with tiny home construction practices and general carpentry skills and you’ll watch the building process from start to finish.
Visit Nationalhardwareshow.com for updates on all of the above.
Deadline looms for $100,000 Giveaway
The deadline for independent retailers to submit their entries for the National Hardware Show’s Reimagine Retail $100,000 giveaway is quickly approaching.
Retailers have until March 30 to provide their response to this year’s question: If you had $100,000 to spend on improving your retail business’ technology—how would you invest it?
This innovative event awards one independent home improvement retailer with $100,000 to fund a business improvement project centered on technology to help their business reach new heights.
Entrants must provide a summary of 250 words or less detailing how they’d invest the money in technology to propel their business forward. Submissions may also include photos or videos, but these supplemental materials will not be judged as part of the overall submission. A panel of industry professionals will review each entry and evaluate their potential. Five finalists will be notified by April 28 and flown to the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, where the Reimagine Retail winner will be announced on the NRHA Village Stage on Wednesday, May 9.
For more information and to submit and entry, visit nhs18.com/reimagineretail.
[Note: This article was updated to include the extended deadline, which is now March 30.]