Las Vegas -- The independent retailer and the family business were celebrated last night at the 30th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony.
Poolside at the LVH-Las Vegas Casino, hundreds of retailers and vendors mingled, the band (Voodoo Cowboys) played, and three industry leaders expressed gratitude and humility upon receiving Golden Hammers.
Las Vegas -- The 2014 National Hardware Show is running on themes.
The May 6-8 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center has identified daily themes to highlight the biggest industry trends -- today’s theme: “The World of Home Improvement,” which will celebrate international exhibitors. The theme for Wednesday is “Made in USA.” Thursday’s theme is “Innovation Day.”
At trade shows, at industry events or even over the phone, I like to promise retailers two things.
1) Our news products are guaranteed accurate or your money back; and
2) Someday I’m going to visit your store and buy something.
Orlando, Fla. -- James Gillula said he expects the United States unemployment rate to fall below 6.5% by mid-year. He cautioned that a slowdown in China could impact the U.S. economy. And he expects the home improvement industry to recoup pretty much all of its weather-related losses from the hash winter.
Those were some of the macroeconomic ideas supplied by Gillula during the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference held here April 10.
Orlando, Fla. -- Here at the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, Sarah Catlett, VP of The Futures Company, took a high-level, continental look at consumer marketing.
Catlett kicked off the HIRI conference with a quick look at Target's disappointing venture into Canada. The Minnesota-based retailer's efforts to change the way Canadians shop has fallen short, she said, partly because the company missed consumer and cultural cues.