Marvin Ellison, EVP U.S. stores for Home Depot, took the mic at the Oppenheimer Consumer Conference Wednesday, where he dedicated his time to discussing the retailer's approach to ever-evolving customer service needs.
Since 1851, Wooster, Ohio-based Wooster Brush Company has been a national paint aisle mainstay, bringing (and keeping) jobs to the U.S.
It was only natural that the company walk away with a Golden Hammer Award in 2014, given its propensity for staying current with trends in coatings and aiding the corresponding evolution of the paint applicator.
But most of all? It's the reputation, according to the company.
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.
Las Vegas -- Special guest John Ratzenberger (and a handful of industry pros) took some time out at the National Hardware Show Wednesday to present a couple of quick awards to some especially patriotic companies.
The All-American Awards recognizes companies in the building products industry with an especially strong commitment to Made in USA.
Among the winners this year were Gorilla Glue for Best Packaging, Adams Manufacturing for Best Booth Display and Bully Tools for Best On-Site Marketing.
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.