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Poll Question: Hardware trends

All the major trends were on display at the hardware show. Which was the biggest?

BY HBSDealer Staff

The curtain has been drawn on the 2018 National Hardware Show, but the trends on display will shine on into the foreseeable future. Special exhibit areas showcased more than just new products, they demonstrated themes and trends that are shaping the industry.

Pet products, farm and ranch, Made in USA, and high-tech smart home products were among the many storylines in Las Vegas at the 2018 show. And according to Rich Russo, VP of the National Hardware Show, there was something for everyone. “It’s great to see so much enthusiasm and excitement across the show floor.”

Whether you attended the show or not, some of the following trends are certain to affect your business. Which is the most significant?

  • Popularity of Made in USA
  • Spending on pets
  • Investments in business technology
  • Time-and-labor saving products
  • Outdoor living
  • International sourcing
  • Smart home
  • Healthy home
  • Other

You can take the poll at the right side of the screen (or scroll down on your mobile device.) Or tell us what you think at [email protected]

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2018 Stihl Hardware All Star — Camp Abbot Trading Co. (Oregon)
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Service-oriented in Oregon, Idaho and Montana

State by state, meet the 2018 class of Stihl Hardware All Stars

BY HBSDealer Staff

It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.

Each year, HBSDealer solicits nominations from readers and the industry for Hardware All Stars.

And each year, we’re rewarded with a fresh class of high-performing, community-minded, service-oriented businesses worthy of the honor.

During the course of our research, we’ve met dealers who take risks, inspire staff and lift communities — or have what we call the All Star spirit.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Stihl Hardware All Star honorees. Here’s three stars worth gazing at:


Oregon
Camp Abbot Trading Co.

This Sun River All Star named for the city’s original military base featured live reindeer in its holiday display last year. And that’s just one reason it was selected by Ace Hardware as one of four 2018 Coolest Hardware Store award winners. There’s always a lot going on inside, where half the store is a core hardware retailer, and the other half is a magical treasure hunt of general store merchandise. A Hallmark Crown store within a store boosts foot traffic.


Idaho
Caribou Jack’s Trading Co.

This Soda Springs based store was the inaugural winner of the National Hardware Show’s Reimagine Retail contest and its $100,000 store ops spending spree. Jack’s won over the judging panel with its vision of building an in-store café for hosting grilling and cooking events. In addition, the company will build an area for growing the produce used in the café. The company will also develop a mobile app to help groups coordinate events in the store.


Montana
Laurel Ace Hardware

The people who run this Yellowstone County All Star have been the subject of praise from Montana officials. In February, store manager Reece Gairett earned a Billings Gazette 40-under-40 award. And in April, owner Skip King received the Small Business Association person of the year award for the state of Montana. The store’s community outreach includes support of the Laurel Volunteer fire department, the local schools and the Laurel Christmas and July 4th parades. And in 2018, Laurel Ace hosted a parking lot Christmas tree fundraiser for the rotary club.

See the full Class of 2018 Hardware All Stars — presented by Stihl — in the May issue of HBSDealer magazine.

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2018 Stihl Hardware All Star — Sunshine True Value (Hawaii)
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High performance in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington

State by state, meet the 2018 class of Stihl Hardware All Stars

BY HBSDealer Staff

It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.

Each year, HBSDealer solicits nominations from readers and the industry for Hardware All Stars.

And each year, we’re rewarded with a fresh class of high-performing, community-minded, service-oriented businesses worthy of the honor.

During the course of our research, we’ve met dealers who take risks, inspire staff and lift communities — or have what we call the All Star spirit.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Stihl Hardware All Star honorees. Here’s three stars worth gazing at:


Hawaii
Sunshine True Value

This rural outpost in Hawaii, on the Big Island, has turned into a destination store for locals. “We’re almost like a general store, a catch-all for people — we are the closest thing to civilization for about one hour,” owner Jake Chilton said. In 2014, he surveyed customers on what they would like Sunshine to carry; Chilton responded by doubling the store’s footprint as part of a True Value Destination remodel, and added outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden and nursery. “It has been a really good transition for our business.”


Alaska
Eagle River Trustworthy Hardware

Here’s comeback story worthy of All-Star status. After opening in 2006, this small-town store 10 miles north of Anchorage was rocked by the combination of the financial downturn and a 2.5-year road project that choked customer access. Bankruptcy followed, but not defeat. After a seven-year break, co-owner Justin Phillips and his business partner have resurrected the store. “Now we’re making something happen here, and community support is huge,” he said. “It just goes to show: don’t give up.”


Washington
Jack’s Country Store of Ocean Park

Founded in 1885, this All Star is recognized as the oldest continuous retail operator in the state. Jack’s has paved a unique path to All Star status, combining a vintage hardware store appeal with a full grocery and a retail mix that serves its fishing and clamming community. The store invites customers to engage staff and challenge them with unusual product requests. “Friendly waters are frequently accepted and seldom lost,” the company says on its home page.

See the full Class of 2018 Hardware All Stars — presented by Stihl — in the May issue of HBSDealer magazine.

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