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August 14, 2014

Chicago -- Orgill's 2014 Fall Dealer Market kicked off Thursday morning here at McCormick Place with showcase categories, model stores and deep-discount "Door Busters."

The three-day event runs through Saturday.

On the show floor, four product areas are designated as showcase categories -- hand and power tools, winter and wild bird assortments, spring products and maintenance and repair.

August 15, 2014

Chicago -- Ideas for loyalty in a competitive climate came fast and furious during an educational session here at the Orgill Fall Market.

The session, called "How to effectively use a customer loyalty program," was led by Theresa Neal, head of new business development for Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Pro/Phase Marketing. The company's RepeatRewards program has a business relationship with Orgill, providing a menu of real-time loyalty services.

July 31, 2014

HCN and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association are beginning to warm up for the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, taking place Oct. 28-30 in San Diego, California.

Among the four keynote speakers locked down for the event is Michelle Desiderio, VP innovation services for Home Innovation Research Labs, a market research, consulting, product testing and accredited third-party certification agency that serves the home-building space.

May 8, 2014

Las Vegas -- Day two of the National Hardware Show continued with a decidedly more patriotic bent than Tuesday's globally minded theme, with an All-American Awards ceremony and a first-ever dedicated section on the show floor to Made-in-USA products, where over 125 companies were represented.

The NRHA Stage was also the site of several presentations regarding the current home buyer climate in the United States.

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Keynote speaker Mark Herbek, of Cleveland Research Company, took the NRHA stage here at the National Hardware Show just moments after the grand-opening ceremony concluded. His message to the home improvement industry: Get on board with e-commerce. And the sooner, the better.

In a presentation titled "Preparing For and Participating in the Accelerating E-Commerce Shift -- What it Takes to Win," Herbek went over the facts and figures related to the economic downturn and spelled out the rapidly increasing opportunities presented by online shopping.

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Weathering the storm of the digital revolution has been a major focal point here at the National Hardware Show thus far, where opting out is hardly on the table. Especially driving this point home were FunMobility's Pat Murphy; Linda Roark of Pete's Ace Hardware in Castro, California; and Jodie Larson of Brentwood Ace Hardware.

In a seminar titled "Using Mobile to Drive Real Business Results," the three discussed their own successes with FunMobility's mobile marketing campaign and the importance of the smartphone in today's retail landscape.

April 8, 2014

Scheduled to appear in top form at this year's Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show is keynote speaker Joe Gibbs.

Joe Gibbs is the former coach of the Washington Redskins, and, in STAFDA's words, "the force behind innumerable NASCAR wins." He started his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, in 1992 -- just before he retired from the NFL. He returned to the NFL to head the Redskins team from 2004 to 2008.

He will be speaking at the General Session of the event.

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Retailers were privy to a number of below-manufacturing-cost "Power Buys" at the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, with the potential for added profit that "can pay for a couple of people to come to Houston," said general merchandise manager Frank Carroll at the opening General Session.

"The mindset here is a 'thank you'," he added. "Thank you for coming to Houston."

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Ace executives took the stage to deliver rousing speeches at the General Session of the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, congratulating retailers on a strong 2013 and outlining the co-op's vision for 2014 and beyond.

Ace even had a proprietary rock 'n' roll theme song dedicated to its strategic initiative, "20/20 Vision," which added a spirited component to a slide show presented at the session. "The view is worth the climb," crooned the singer.

February 11, 2014

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) anointed a few winners at last week's International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. 

Now in its second year, the Best of IBS Product Awards recognized winners in six categories out of 254 total entries.

Trutankless by Bollente Companies took home the Best Home Technology Award for its revolutionary approach to tankless water heating. Using a custom heat exchanger, Trutankless heats water as it passes through the system, which is aimed at creating an endless supply of hot water.

February 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Anticipating that many attendees at this week's International Builders' Show still had questions regarding the imminent changes to healthcare policy, the National Association of Home Builders offered three time slots for its ACA-related educational session.

February 5, 2014

Las Vegas -- A small panel of home design experts offered their two cents on emerging residential trends at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. All bets are on a clean, minimal luxury now common in many hotels and spas.

"Houses are becoming more like spas," said Victor Mirontschuk of EDI International. "They're becoming more like a retreat where [homeowners] want to go at the end of the day. It's like they're on vacation."

February 4, 2014

Las Vegas -- Experts gave the national remodeling market a vote of confidence at a press conference hosted by The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers at the International Builders' Show on Tuesday, citing an increased focus on kitchen and bath upgrades.

According to the speakers, residential remodeling is maintaining its steady trajectory toward a recovery, a sentiment that was backed up by NAHB calculations and the lived experiences of remodelers in attendance.

January 7, 2014

Despite the preponderance of consumer electronics at the aptly-named 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, taking place currently in Las Vegas, certain brands representing the home improvement industry were present in considerable force.

Samsung was in attendance with updated home appliances, including a brand new lineup of refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers known as the Samsung Chefs Collection. The company also unveiled new laundry appliance pairs and vacuum cleaners, the former boasting 5.6 cubic feet of capacity in both front- and top-load configurations.

November 20, 2013

The National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (NLBMDA) will be hosting its first-ever Dealer Networking Breakfast & Housing Forecast at the 2014 International Builders Show, taking place Feb. 5 in Las Vegas.

Attendees will have an opportunity to network as well as get up to speed with the latest housing forecast, delivered by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) chief economist David Crowe.

November 14, 2013

Marco Island, Fla. -- Home improvement product buyers and sellers are taking care of business here at the 10th annual PRO Group and Distribution America Executive Planning Conference.

The event brings together the nation’s top suppliers and distributors serving the independent home improvement industry. Event organizers calculate that a total of 2,791 business meetings will take place over two days, with each distributor conducting one-on-one meetings with key manufacturers.

Attendance is up, and so is optimism, organizers said.

October 31, 2013

NyloBoard's composite wood alternative was among the more perplexing products on display at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville.

The display sample, what appeared to be a wood slab growing out of a snarl of carpet fiber, demonstrated its patented production process.

October 30, 2013

Roxul Inc., based in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, B.C., required a compulsory warning sign next to its ProDealer Industry Summit display in Nashville last week: its live product demonstration involved a flame that was continuously pointed at its stone wool insulation for hours on end.

According to sales representative Dan Brown, people have been slow in the past to realize that the flame was indeed real.

October 25, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. -- Bradley Farnsworth, president of the eponymous research-based consulting firm (The Farnsworth Group), delivered an address to ProDealer Summit attendees Friday that outlined a progressively greener near-future outlook for remodeling.

In his presentation, titled "Emerging Trends in Remodeling: A Consumer and Contractor Perspective," Farnsworth detailed the experiences and expectations of architects, contractors and remodelers.

October 25, 2013

The years since the recession have seen a decrease in supplier loyalty and a more prominent focus on dollars and cents. Jim Robisch, senior partner and director of dealer/retailer services at The Farnsworth Group, highlighted these tropes and more during his presentation at the ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 24 in Nashville, Tenn.

October 24, 2013

Outgoing NLBMDA chairman Chuck Bankston took some time at the open of the ProDealer Industry Summit to formally pass the gavel to Chris Yenrick, who will replace him as chair in 2014.

"I hope I won't have to use this too much," quipped Yenrick as he accepted the gavel from Bankston.

Yenrick, who is president of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, N.C., stressed the importance of succession planning, grassroots activism and pulling younger generations into the aging industry.

October 22, 2013

Lisa Marquis Jackson, SVP at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, provided a comprehensive perspective on the state of the housing recovery at the 2013 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Fall Conference in Rosemont, Ill. on Oct. 16.

In her presentation, titled "Clarity on the Housing Recovery," Jackson highlighted strong national housing fundamentals and pointed out that though housing starts are less than half of the way toward a full recovery, existing-home sales have already rebounded and then some, thanks in part to activity in the distressed housing market.

October 18, 2013

Bradley T. Farnsworth, president of The Farnsworth Group, will be among five speakers scheduled to appear at this year's ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Farnsworth created the research-based consulting firm to serve the home improvement, residential building and commercial construction industries. He has ammassed a wealth of experience in category management, store positioning, market segmentation analysis and hybrid market concept development.

October 16, 2013

James Robisch, who leads market research and strategy consulting firm Farnsworth Group as senior partner, will speak at this year's ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Robisch, who specializes in the home improvement and building supply industry, directs dealer/retailer and wholesale service activities for Farnsworth. This includes anything ranging from market intelligence to branding, customer retention and strategic planning.

October 14, 2013

Among the five speakers scheduled to present at the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit is Michael O'Brien, CAE, who is president and CEO of the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Assocation (NLBMDA).

At the helm of the association, O'Brien is in charge of the day-to-day as well as various strategic initiatives. He oversees lobbying, grassroots and political action campaigns for the organization, as well as operative functions such as membership services, public relations, federation relations, industry relations and financial management.