When the curtain rises on the 2011 National Hardware Show®, attendees will be treated to a steady stream of new product introductions from industry leaders like 3M, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Char-broil, The Coleman Co., Jarden Safety & Security and many others. This year’s nearly sold-out event – to be held May 10-12 in Las Vegas – will feature the very latest innovations in Hardware & Tools; Homewares; Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living; Paint & Accessories; Plumbing & Electrical; Storage & Organization; and Tailgate/Outdoor Recreation; as well as core product categories being featured in the Show’s International Sourcing area.
“We are excited not only at the depth of suppliers signed up for the 2011 National Hardware Show, but at the unveiling of new products across all categories,” said Rich Russo, event director, National Hardware Show. “The industry can look forward to seeing some of the most creative solutions imaginable in all segments of the industry.”
There will be four areas devoted to new products at the 2011 Show, including the New Product Launch Spotlight, with a highly visible location in the lobby of the Central Hall. New power tools from SKIL, Ryobi/Ridgid and others, as well as never-before-seen lawn and garden products will be tested in the Handy/Gardening How-To Product Test Shop, which also have exhibitors demonstrating their products in 15-minute slots each afternoon at the Show.
The newly coined "National Hardware Show® held in conjunction with the NRHA All-Industry Convention" will incorporate all of the programming the NRHA currently offers at its annual meeting - including the Young Retailer of the Year and Retail Innovators of the Year awards - while allowing the two organizations to more fully serve the industry in one annual gathering. "A New Way to Market" will be the major theme of the 2011 event, which promises to expand on an already impressive list of global attendees, not only from traditional retail and wholesale outlets but additional channels like grocery, mass, drug, catalog and the Internet - all representing almost $240 billion in sales revenue. In addition, the Show will continue to offer exciting special events, including product demonstrations, NRHA TV and Social Networking Roundtables, as well as informative addresses by industry experts.
One2products is one of many companies that uses the National Hardware Show as the site to launch all of its new products. In 2009, the company introduced the award-winning One2flush dual flush valve, and last year the One2tap water saving faucet aerator. At the 2011 event, One2products has expanded its booth space, adding more space for a “new product” presentation and to show off new packaging.
“Because the National Hardware Show attracts the major buyers in our product categories, we are able to demonstrate how we would like to see our products merchandised in their stores, to their customers,” One2products president Patrick Hanna said. “We've gained distribution for our products throughout North America and the Caribbean as a result. We're looking forward to continuing our successful launch series.”
Under the Jarden Safety & Security umbrella of brands, Crawford will be promoting seven new and existing organizational solutions for the home, which will be available this June; SecureLine is launching a new chain and cable line of large bulk, spanning to hobby craft chain and accompanying accessories; and First Alert is rolling out the Onelink DIY Home Security System as well as the Delta Hinge Safe line.
In addition, Jordan Mfg. Co. will be introducing its new Eco Friendly Wood Furniture line, as well as the new outdoor furniture line and cushion program done in partnership with HGTV personality Lisa LaPorta. “The National Hardware Show is a great opportunity for us as it allows us to see numerous existing customers as well as meet potential new customers,” said Jordan sales executive Kellie Martin. “We use this show to roll out new product offerings for 2012.”
New products are a major attraction for many of the retailers and distributors attending the show, including Charles H. McColough, president & CEO of Gro Group Inc., which distributes to more than 25,000 retail locations. “New products are the lifeblood of the industry. The independent garden centers depend upon new products and categories to remain competitive in their market and to address seasonal trends and needs,” he said. “Identifying new products is an important component of Gro Group’s efforts at the National Hardware Show.”
John Locke of Orillia Home Hardware Building Center in Ontario, Canada, said the National Hardware Show also presents store owners like himself the opportunity to see what’s new in the trade. “Today, product selection is my best tool to success. I must keep the store innovative and always show new products,” he said. “You cannot be a follower in this business. If I get one or two ideas from the show, then I consider it a worthwhile endeavor.”
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