Product Vetting Program at National Hardware Show® Offers Feedback to Manufacturers

Apr 23, 2014

(NORWALK, Conn. April 23, 2014) — Manufacturers interested in discussing their products will have the opportunity to get feedback from a panel of buyers at the National Hardware Show®, which will be held May 6-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

As it has for the past few years, the National Hardware Show will host a product review and vetting process Tuesday, May 6, and Wednesday, May 7. The program allows manufacturers to distribute their products among some of the industry’s leading buyers and get feedback about how to best move these products into the marketplace.

“We started the product review and vetting process in 2012, and it was so successful that we continued it in following years,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “It’s a great opportunity for manufacturers in get their products evaluated and get some feedback to help launch them in to the marketplace.”

Participating exhibitors can drop off samples of their products on Monday, May 5, in room N101. Staff will be on hand to man the room and pass along products for review and vetting. The review and vetting process will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 and 7.

All exhibitors who drop off product should pick up their product sample by noon on Thursday, May 8. Any products not picked up will be donated to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas based non-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities.

Participating buyers include SkyMall, Distribution America, PRO Group, Lancaster, Sears, Val-Test and Ace Hardware. And because the National Hardware Show brings so many industry players together under one roof, it’s an ideal place to host programs like product vetting.

“The product vetting program is a great opportunity for the PRO Group merchandising team to review new products for our member distributors and PRO hardware retailers,” says Brendan Sullivan, director of merchandising for PRO Group. “The time we save having these new items and vendors in a centralized location allows our team more time to work the Hardware Show floor and meet with existing manufacturer partners and prospective companies. PRO has supported this program since the very beginning, and we’re looking forward to another successful event.”

“The National Hardware Show has always been an important event that brings retail, wholesale and manufacturing together at one venue to find solutions to the strategic aspirations of your particular company,” says Pete Principe, Ace Hardware’s Global Merchandise Manager—Plumbing & Electrical. “Programs like the product vetting room have value because they allow the merchants an opportunity to see important products that could have been missed and manufacturers an audience they may have missed. ”

“The new product vetting program provides a great opportunity for our members’ entire buying group to preview new merchandise as its being introduced to our industry, in one location,” says Dave Christmas, president and CEO of Distribution America. “One of the challenges to bring new items to market in our channel is the time it takes to make the right connections. The vetting program can shorten the process by facilitating those connections, providing manufacturers the chance to obtain immediate feedback from leading buying influencers.”

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About the National Hardware Show
The National Hardware Show celebrates a rich history spanning 69 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

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