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Friday, May 6, 2016
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The National Hardware Show® Celebrates 
New Innovations and a Thriving Industry


Today marked the final day of the most anticipated hardware industry event—the National Hardware Show®. Industry leaders, manufacturers and retailers spent the past three days scouring for new products, attending educational seminars and connecting with peers at the Show.  


The Show began Wednesday and ended today at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event featured thousands of exhibitors and attracted more than 20,000 attendees.

Show areas that highlighted new products, such as Inventors Spotlight and the Featured Product Gallery, attracted crowds of people looking for new items to sell and wanting to stay abreast of up-and-coming industry trends.
The Show co-located with the Lancaster Buying Show to offer a wide assortment of products from the paint and paint sundries category. The Show also partnered with the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), the association presenting its All-Industry Conference on the Show floor. The conference offered seminars on topics such as the state of the economy and how to compete with Walmart.
Many companies and retailers were honored at the Show, presented with awards recognizing innovation, business acumen and retailing vision. The awards included the Industry’s Top Gun Awards, which NRHA presented to recognize the work of four of the industry’s best independent home improvement retailers.
The Show offered fun, too—attendees enjoyed food fresh off the grills in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ area. There were even celebrity sightings as well, with Bob Vila greeting crowds at the Viatek booth and signing autographs. 

Last Chance Look: Show Watchers Weigh In


This morning, representatives from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) gathered at the NRHA Village Stage to share their thoughts on this year’s National Hardware Show® and provided attendees suggestions on favorite last-minute places to visit.


"This was my first time attending the National Hardware Show, and it was an experience I’ll never forget,” says Renee Changnon, assistant editor at NRHA. “Everyone I met was so happy to be here and kept telling me it was the best show they had been to so far. Plus, I couldn’t get over all of the cool new products that are sure to be popping up on retailers' shelves soon.” 


Allison DeWitt, director of member services at NRHA, led the discussion with panel members that included Changnon, as well as Deanna Tratensek, wife of Dan Tratensek, publisher of Hardware Retailing magazine and Whitney Daulton, director of communications at NRHA. 


According to Tratensek, attending the Show is fun for her because she gets to see it from multiple perspectives. She brought her consumer eye and got really excited about all of the coolest new products to hit the market, specifically the lawn and garden category. She also noticed an increase in products targeted toward children. 


All three panelists agreed their favorite aspect of the Show had to be keynote speaker Charles Fishman, who spoke about retail giant Walmart. His insights into the company offered plenty of information to those in attendance. 


In addition to cool products and a plethora of educational seminars, the panelists and DeWitt agree that the Young Retailer of the Year ceremony is another highlight of the week. 


“As it always is, the Young Retailer of the Year ceremony was my favorite event,” says DeWitt. “Being able to honor these young independent retailers is a privilege and allows me to interact with some of the industry’s brightest and most innovative minds.”


This ceremony, along with the Top Gun Awards, are NRHA favorites, as they recognize industry-leading retailers of all sizes, locations and backgrounds.


The National Hardware Show and NRHA All-Industry Conference wrapped up today at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Trends to Know—Smart Technology to
Made in USA and Everything Inbetween

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Generational Features 

The American Planning Association reports that by 2040, close to half of the U.S. population will be composed of people under age 18 or over 65 years old, and many will be living in multigenerational households. The older generations increasingly want to continue living in their homes while they age. To do so, baby boomers will need to make alterations to their homes. 


Contractors and DIYers will need to buy products to accommodate the needs of people who age in place. 


Items like nonslip flooring and decking, wider doors, large toggle light switches, appliances with easy-to-read displays and automatic shutoffs, and easy-open door handles can help. 

On the other end of the age spectrum in these multigenerational homes, young adult family members are interested in stepping-platform baseboard pullouts for sink and vanity areas; easy-to-clean fixtures; surfaces resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew; and home security systems with door-open alerts. 


Smart Technology 

Home security systems, thermostats, sump pumps, smokers and power tools are among the many hardware and home improvement products that have been updated with technology features that allow for easy monitoring and control from smartphones. In addition to items monitored with apps, many other products, from showerheads and faucets to sprinklers, coffee makers and appliances, have received a boost from technologies that allow for customizable and more convenient remote control. Retailers can benefit from the trend by selling a variety of smart products, and especially items that can be installed by DIYers who are eager to upgrade to higher-tech homes. 

Sleek Design 

Modern lines and cool tones are still popular looks for 2016. However, the Bohemian style, with bold colors, busy patterns and mismatched items, is growing in popularity and could be trending later this year. 


Currently, trendy paint colors include modern pewters and grays contrasted with putty-colored beige or bright pops of peachy oranges or floral yellows. The softer side of urban meets the brightness of nature for 2016 color schemes. 


In lighting, the industrial look is still on trend, thanks to the popularity of Edison bulbs. To highlight the unique bulb, streamlined retro-style wire fixtures, modern globe pendants, and clear or translucent colored glass fixtures are in demand. 


Made in America 

A study conducted in 2015 by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) shows that 53 percent of consumers made a greater effort in the last year to buy Made in America products. 

Across all categories at the National Hardware Show, retailers found products not only manufactured in the U.S., but also highly rated in consumer reports and desirable to conscientious customers. 


Many Made in America items were on display in the Featured Product Gallery and various Show booths. 

Heard on the Show Floor


"I like that the NRHA Village is easy to find and I can navigate easily. I also enjoy the fact that at this type of show I can spend more time chatting with vendors we already do regular business with. It's easier at this show than at other markets."


-Dennis McCarthy, Mayer Paint & Hardware, Rochester, New York


"I'm here with Neal Cissel. He owns Neal's Fishing Products and enjoys returning to the show each year. I've been to three or four with him. He likes looking for the niche items and has added some that he's found to his business over the years."


-Gay Waters and Neal Cissel, Neal's Fishing Products, Mesa, Arizona


"So far, products from My Yard Card stood out to me as something really cool. It's a female-owned business that creates signs with a stake to stick in the ground outside to celebrate occasions, like a boy or girl's birthday."


-Linda Roark (pictured with Jeff Roark), Pete's Ace Hardware, Castro Valley, California


"The National Hardware Show is a refreshing change from other trade shows I've been to. I've been to 60-plus trade shows in the retail industry and it's so nice to see something that seems new and fresh to me."


-Jared Smith, Jared's Ace Hardware, Bishopville, South Carolina

Manufacturers Honored at 
50th Retailers' Choice Awards



Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) 2016 Retailers’ Choice Awards continued to highlight the best products at the National Hardware Show®. This program, which took place Thursday on the NRHA Village Stage, has been honoring manufacturers and their superb products since 1966. 


The lively and entertaining ceremony, a crowd favorite, recognized manufacturers for their innovation and provided retailers and distributors with new products to check out the last day of the Show.  


The winning products covered a range of categories, including products like garden tools, over-the-top coolers and work lamps.  


The judges, all independent home improvement retailers, were: Gary Copeland, Valley Supply, Rising Sun, Indiana; Judy Copeland, Valley Supply, Rising Sun, Indiana; Greg Schlecht, Greg’s True Value, St. Francis, Wisconsin; James Cabirac, Kief Hardware, Cut Off, Louisiana; Jared Smith, Jared’s Ace Hardware, Bishopville, South Carolina; Will Aubuchon of Aubuchon Hardware in Westminster, Massachusetts; Daniel Harris of Palos Ace Hardware in Palos Heights, Illinois; and Kevin Walters of Buchheit Enterprises in Perryville, Missouri.  


The criteria the judges used were the product’s value, ingenuity, packaging and merchandising capabilities. 


The winners recognized during the Retailer’s Choice Awards Ceremony are as follows.  

  • Big Kat Buggy by Big Kat Buggy

  • The Coolest Cooler by Coolest LLC

  • GreaseX by ITW Global Brands

  • Ice Shoot by EK Ekcessories

  • Not a Lock Dummy Lock by EK Ekcessories

  • Comfort-Tech Grip Wrap by Sims Vibration Laboratory

  • ShooAway by ShooAway USA

  • Stake a Statement by My Yard Card®

  • Hammerstop Technology Line Hoses by Danco

  • BinTRACKS by Hyperlily LLC

  • Heat Storm EnergyWise Solutions

  • LoveHandle Smart Products by DMD Products

  • Erase-A-Hole by Intromark Inc.

  • Speed Cinch, Inc (Line of Products)

  • UpCart from TriFold, LLC

  • Wheel Chock and Tie Down Strap Kit by Erickson Manufacturing

  • Afterglow by Echo Valley

  • Trigger-start Torch Hose Kit from BernzOmatic

  • Spin Chill and Chill Puck by Spin Chill

  • Cheers Sunglasses by Cheers Sunglasses LLC

  • Worx® Switchdriver™ by Positec

  • The Amazing Rake by Potwheelz

  • Burnie All Wood Self Burning Grill by Burnie Grill

  • The Eagle EA-2000 Compressor by Wood Industries Inc.

  • Stump Chunks by StumpChunks LLC

  • Step-On-It Dust Pan by Butler Home Products

  • Ergieshovel

  • Stir Whip™ from Hyde®

  • The LED Emergency Bulb by The NCC

  • Chateau Spill® by The Grommet Wholesale

  • ‘Snot Tape by Snot Co.

  • Wheelies™ Tractor Wheel Covers by Good Vibrations

  • Bug Protector™ by Protector Products Companies

  • Re-Grip by Preval™

  • Blazer® Wireless Control Module from Midwest Air Technologies


PDRA, National Hardware Show®
Honor Student With Scholarship


Each year, the Paint & Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA) has a presence at the National Hardware Show®.

The organization is dedicated to supporting and educating the independent paint and decorating dealer. The PDRA annually honors a deserving student with a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the National Hardware Show. Scholarship candidates are nominated by PDRA members, and one winner is selected in the spring shortly before the Show.

This year’s scholarship recipient is James Nathan Koerperich. He was presented with the scholarship Thursday afternoon on the NRHA Village Stage. 

2016 National Hardware Show® Honors a Plethora of Manufacturers and Industry Professionals at Various Award Ceremonies


The National Hardware Show® and NRHA All-Industry Conference honored industry professionals throughout the week, covering a variety of home improvement categories from new products to homewares to products manufactured in the U.S.


Taking place Wednesday afternoon on the NRHA Village Stage were the American Manufacturing Awards, Lawn, Garden and Outdoor Living Innovation Awards and the Homewares Awards. The 50 Campfires – The Camping Authority Awards and the Gameball Awards also took place Wednesday afternoon in the Tailgate section.


The final awards ceremonies, the New Product Launch Awards and the New Product World Awards, took place at 11:00 a.m. today on the NRHA Village Stage.

For a list of these winners, see below:

American Manufacturing Awards:

Best Packaging:
Walters Seed Company—Herb Growing Kit

Best On-Site Patriotic Marketing:
Mr. Long Arm—Extension Poles

Best New Product:
Garris Brands LLCDura Tie


New Product World

* Aesthetics: Trip Lit by Alkilu Enterprises

* Differentiation/Uniqueness: The Tool Hanger by Hansen Global, Inc.

* Fills Consumer Need: Dura Tie by Garris Brands, LLC

* Overall Value: Speed Cinch by Speed Cinch

* Packaging/Merchandising Support: Firemizer, by Microtex Products Inc.

New Product Launch

* Gold–ScotchBlue™ Platinum™ Painter’s Tape by 3M Consumer Business Group

* Silver–Clingless Shower Keeper byInventor Lady

* Bronze–IQ2000 by Generac Power Systems

* Honorable Mention–Flood Alert Boom Tube by Flood Avert


Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living

* Gold–5.0 Gallon SureCan by SureCan Incorporated

* Silver–Earth Talon Fiberglass Shovel by ERA Group

* Bronze–Zero-G Water House byTeknor Apex Company

* Honorable Mention—Bird Photo Booth by Lovett Lab Inc.


* Gold –Odii—The Ultimate Grab-It Gadget by Northern Response International

* Silver–BakerStone Pizza Oven Box by BakerStone International

* Bronze–Cord Buddy by Cord Buddy, Inc.

* Honorable Mention—LobeHandle Smartphone Grips by LoveHandle by DMD Products

Tailgater Monthly

* Best Tailgate Concept: Instagate

* Innovation: CampMaid

* Best Marketing Concept: FireDisc Grills

* Best New Product: Elevate Grill

* Best Overall Product: Big Kat Buggie

50 Campfires—The Camping Authority Awards

* Essentials Award: QuickFire

* Editor’s Top Choice: GoSun Stove

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