If You’re an Independent Retailer, You Won’t Want to Miss the National Hardware Show®

Mar 09, 2017

(NORWALK, Connecticut, March 9, 2017) — There’s so much for independent home improvement retailers to see, do and learn about at the National Hardware Show®, which will be held Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“There are a large number of independent retailers within the home improvement industry,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “At the Show, we offer networking events, complimentary education sessions, new products, buying opportunities and more for these independent retailers to take advantage of during just one trip.”

“I love the networking that takes place between store owners, vendors and manufacturers,” says retailer Megan Menzer of Newton’s True Value in Cherryvale, Kansas. “I can talk to hardware store owners who work with all different distributors, not just those with my own co-op. The contacts, new ideas, educational training and networking that go on makes it well worth my time to attend the Show.”

On the Show Floor

Independent retailers (and all attendees of the Show) should pick up the printed show directory before heading out on the Show floor. This guide gives a full list of Show exhibitors, as well as their booth numbers and contact information. Many of these exhibitors sell to the independent retailer and will be marked as such in the guide, offering independents the chance to talk with exhibitors who have the products they’re looking for.

It’s also a good idea to download the free NHS Mobile App before you head to Las Vegas. The app includes a plethora of information about the Show, including the full exhibitor list by product category, session schedule for the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Village Stage and much more. It even has a special section just for independent retailers to help them as they plan their time at the Show.

Need help determining which exhibitors might be a good match for you?The National Hardware Show provides registered attendees with personalized exhibitor recommendations. These were introduced at last year’s Show and, after positive feedback, will be available again this year.

New for this year, exhibitors that sell to independent retailers can mark themselves as such and will be provided as recommendations to the independent retailers looking for their specific product types. The recommendations are provided solely based on information attendees and exhibitors have shared with the National Hardware Show—they are not sponsored or paid for by the exhibitor

Attendees can access these personalized recommendations after they register for the Show through the My Show online planning tool, the NHS Mobile App, via emails sent before the Show or at the Match Me station on the show floor in the Central Hall.

In the NRHA Village

The NRHA Village is the go-to area of the National Hardware Show to connect with other independent retailers. NRHA is an association dedicated to helping independent retailers become better and more profitable retailers, and at the Show, NRHA will host a variety of complimentary sessions and awards programs on its Village Stage. The Village Stage will be located in the lobby of the convention center, next to the Central Hall.

The theme of this year’s NRHA All-Industry Conference is forward-thinking retail. Keynotes speakers on the NRHA Village stage will include author Kit Yarrow (“Decoding the Consumer Mind”) and retail expert Mary Walter (“Your Remarkable Service Advantage”). There will also be a variety of other speakers, panels and awards ceremonies on the Village Stage. To learn more, visit www.nrhaconference.com.

Independent retailers should also stop by the Village for the NRHA Independent Retailer Reception, which will be held 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9. This reception will provide an opportune time for independents to network with each other and talk more about the successes and challenges they face with their businesses.

Reimagine Retail

Would you like to win $100,000 to help fund an improvement at your store? The National Hardware Show is now accepting nominations for its Reimagine Retail program until Friday, March 24.

The contest focuses on projects from the following business improvement areas: Store Design, Technology, Employees and Products. Finalists will be provided transportation and hotel accommodations at the Show, and the winner will be announced and awarded the grand prize of $100,000 during the Show, on Wednesday, May 10.

To complete a submission form or to find a complete list of rules and other details, go online to nationalhardwareshow.com/reimagineretail.

Registration

Registration is now open for the National Hardware Show. To register, visit www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

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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