What’s In Store For You At The National Hardware Show®?

Apr 27, 2017

(NORWALK, Connecticut, April 27, 2017) —New products. Educational seminars. Awards ceremonies. Networking opportunities. If you’re planning to attend the National Hardware Show, Tuesday, May 9, through Thursday, May 11, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, these are just a few of the things in store for you.

“We’ve put together a schedule full of buying, networking and new product discovery opportunities as well as educational experiences for all attendees,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “We know our attendees will benefit from everything that’s being offered over these three days.”

What’s New

With more than 2,600 exhibitors at the Show, including 700+ new exhibitors, there’s something for everyone across all categories, including Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living; Hardware & Tools; Paint & Accessories; Homewares; Plumbing & Electrical; International Sourcing; and Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ. Several consumer trends, including Pet Products, Farm & Ranch, Energy Efficient, Made in USA, Storage & Organization and Smart Home—brand new for this year, will be represented among those categories.

If you’re looking for a particular exhibitor or type of product, attendees can use the NHS Mobile App to get information needed. Download it for free from the App Store or Google Play. The NHS Mobile App also connects to My Show, the online planning tool housing the full exhibitor list, featuring product category filters & more. My Show allows you to save exhibitors you want to visit, send messages to exhibitors before the Show and access personalized exhibitor recommendations. My Show is free for all registered attendees and can be accessed through the app, or by visiting nationalhardwareshow.com.

Celebrity Appearances

There will be some famous faces to be found around the Show floor. Celebrity appearances include:

  • World-record-setting Top Fuel Dragster driver Leah Pritchett, who will be at FireAde, Booth #3639, Tuesday, May 9.
  • The Carey Brothers, James and Morris Carey of “On the House,” who will be at Danco, Booth #2215, Tuesday, May 9, and YARDMAX, Booth #12563, Wednesday, May 11.
  • Gary Sullivan and Tina Garcia of “At Home with Gary Sullivan” will be at Danco, Booth #2215, on Tuesday, May 9, and at Wet & Forget, Booth #5221, Wednesday, May 10.

Networking Opportunities

The Show is a great opportunity to meet up with professional contacts you may not frequently see and to make new contacts.

Independent retailers can mingle in the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Village, and also attend the NRHA Independent Retailer Reception, on Tuesday, May 9 from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

There are more networking opportunities outside, too. Visit the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ in the Silver Parking Lot for the Retailer Happy Hour, which will include free drinks for retailers, from 3:00 – 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 9, or the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ party, which will include live entertainment along with complimentary food sampling from exhibitors, a pig roast at the Traeger booth (Outdoor 104) and free drinks, from 4:30 – 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 10.

Awards Ceremonies

A variety of awards ceremonies will take place at the Show. View the complete schedule here.

New for 2017, the Reimagine Retail program will award one lucky and innovative independent retailer the grand prize of $100,000 towards a business improvement project in their store. Retailers submitted essays detailing how they would use the money. Projects were to focus on the following four key categories:

  • Store Design
  • Technology
  • Employees
  • Products

The 10 finalists will be flown out to Las Vegas for the Show, and the winner will be announced at 2:00pm on Wednesday, May 10, on the NRHA Village Stage. Be sure to come by and find out who won the grand prize, as well as hear more from the finalists about their innovative ideas. You might find some great ideas for your store, too!

Tuesday, May 9:

Packaging & Merchandising Awards
2:00pm | NRHA Village Stage

This program encourages and recognizes the development of innovative packaging and merchandising aids that will help independent hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards sell more products through their stores.

Wednesday, May 10:

NRHA Top Guns Awards
1:00pm | NRHA Village Stage

This is the industry’s chance to hear what today’s Young Guns are thinking. NRHA and Hardware Retailing magazine will once again assemble a panel of the industry’s most successful and innovative independent retailers to share their success stories and their visions for the future.

American Manufacturing Awards
3:00pm | NRHA Village Stage

Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners are pleased to sponsor the American Manufacturing Awards. Winners will reflect American manufacturing excellence in design, quality and innovation in the following categories:

  • Best Packaging
  • Best On-Site Patriotic Marketing
  • Best New Product

Retailers’ Choice Awards
5:00pm | NRHA Village Stage

Hardware Retailing magazine’s Retailers’ Choice Awards, held at the NRHA Village, is always one of the top programs of the event. Hardware Retailing magazine has sponsored the event for more than 50 years in conjunction with the National Hardware Show.

Unlike other awards, the products honored at the Retailers’ Choice ceremony are not selected by editors. Instead, these products are chosen from the thousands of items on the show floor by a panel of home improvement retailers who volunteer their time to serve as judges. National Hardware Show attendees are invited to stay after show hours for a cocktail reception and awards program to see which products made this year’s list.

50 Campfires – The Camping Authority Awards
4:00pm | Tailgate Stage: Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ area, Silver Parking Lot

Presented by 50 Campfires

Join the team from 50 Campfires – The Camping Authority as they announce the Essential Gear and Editors Choice awards.

Game Ball Awards
4:00pm | Tailgate Stage: Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ area, Silver Parking Lot

Presented by Tailgater Magazine

Join us out in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Area as we identify the category's best in class. Award categories include Best New Product Overall, Best New Product Outdoor Grilling or Concept, Best Tailgate Themed Booth Set Up & Enthusiasm, Best Outdoor Furniture Product and Most Unique Product.

Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards
3:45pm | NRHA Village Stage

Presented by Lawn & Garden Retailer

The Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards focus on innovative new products within this product category; browse the display area and view the winning products that are voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

Participants include:

Homewares Awards
4:00pm | NRHA Village Stage

Presented by HomeWorld Business

The Homewares Awards highlight the "Best in Class" in the Housewares/Homewares product category. Browse the display area and view the winning products that are voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

Participants include:

Thursday, May 11:

New Product Launch Awards
11:00am | NRHA Village Stage

Presented by Amazon

Find new products that have not hit the market and have no pre-negotiations or pre-sales. Plus, no exclusives – truly new! Browse the display area and view the winning products voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

New Product World Awards
11:30am | NRHA Village Stage

Presented by DIY Network

The New Product World products are just breaking into the industry; these will be identified by which are best in class, based in the following categories: Aesthetics, Differentiation/Uniqueness, Fills Consumer Need, Overall Value and Packaging/Merchandising Support.

Products and awards will be reviewed and chosen by Scott Brun, VP of Programming, DIY Network.

About the National Hardware Show®
The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 72 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s, to today’s current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insight to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers. For more information on the National Hardware Show, visit www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

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