Attendees headed to the NHS Innovation Stage, located in HABITAT, to hear keynotes focused on what the future of retail will look like.
EDUCATION & EVENTS
Understanding Today’s Pro & DIY Customer
Presented by Grant Farnsworth, President, The Farnsworth Group
January 31, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The past two years have forced Builders, Remodelers and DIYers to think and behavior differently. Those actions impacted brand decisions, product decisions, and how customers find home improvement and building product manufacturers and suppliers. This session will reveal information to help your business be prepared for the next year as attitudes continue to change and impact purchase decisions.
How Cloud Technology Gives Retailers Capabilities and Security that Define their Future
Presented by Ruben Muruato, Sr Director – National Accounts, Epicor
February 1, 10:00AM – 11:00 AM
As the world around us continues to change rapidly, retailers must respond quickly to changing customer expectations, new challenges, or competitors. Connecting operations to future-ready technology improves processes, accelerates growth, and protects retailers' data from threats and disruptions.
Learn how cloud-based retail management and point-of-sale solutions can help improve data security and address current challenges while preparing your business for whatever comes next.
NEW! Foundations of Merchandising Management Live!
The North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA), a trade association dedicated to supporting the interests of the independent home improvement channel, will run the first ever Foundations of Merchandising Management Series for Independent Retailers. The series is designed to train team members in advanced product sourcing, merchandising and acquisition strategies. Register here!
Inventors Education, Hosted by the United Inventors Association (UIA)
During NHS, the United Inventors Association, the largest nonprofit inventor member organization in the country, will host a special event for inventors.
UIA will offer educational seminars and “Shark Tank” style UIA Product Pitch Panels on stage hosted by business leaders to guide inventors down the path to success. Don’t miss their exciting Pitch Panel sessions where inventors show their unique products and get real-time advice from a panel of experts.
Favorite Finds Hosted by Industry Influencers
On all three days of NHS, hardware and home improvement influencers and DIY experts will showcase their favorite finds from exhibitors across all product categories on both the Innovation Stage and Backyard Stage.
Witness the latest and greatest home improvement and DIY products in action during our DIY Demo sessions. Enjoy complimentary beverages while NHS exhibitors showcase how to use their innovative products!
Happy Hour in the Backyard Beer Garden
Visit the Beer Garden in NHS Backyard to kick back and enjoy some music while networking with peers. The party starts at 5pm at the end of each Show day!
The National Hardware Show Welcome Reception will take place at 5:00 PM in the NHS Backyard on Tuesday, January 31. Help us celebrate being back together with some live music and drinks in the Beer Garden.
NHS Celebrity-Chef Cook-Off
The exciting NHS Cook-off will return in 2023! Chefs representing exhibitors in our BBQ & Grilling category will once again go head-to-head in the Backyard to show their skills by creating a unique dish using a set of specific ingredients chosen by our host, Mitche Graf from BBQ Nation.
Last year, each chef was tasked with grilling their best burger and whipping up a tasty appetizer, to then be judged by a panel of foodies. The winner of the Cook-Off earned serious bragging rights and a cash prize. Congratulations to Blues Hog!
NHS & NHPA Awards
Join us in congratulating the winners of various awards presented by NHS & the NHPA on Day 2 (Feb 1) at 5:15 PM on the Backyard Stage.
NHPA Retailer’s Choice Award
A group of independent retailers selected by the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) will walk the Show Floor looking for their favorite products. The winners will be announced during the NHPA Awards Ceremony and featured in Hardware Retailing and the NHS Show Daily email.
NHS Most-Loved Award
The top 5 companies with the most scans will be announced and presented with an award during the NHS Awards Ceremony!
Rising Star Awards
Top product picks from HABITAT NEW, HABITAT Next & Made in USA, selected by esteemed media attendees and exciting celebrity guests!
Bragging Rights Awards (VIP Choice Awards)
NHS VIP buyers (aka Channel Leader Club members) will be voting on the winners of this award after walking the floor looking for the exhibitors who stand out in the following categories:
- Best New Product Display (in booth)
- Most Memorable Booth
- Most Interactive