Retail Observer

July 2016

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JULY 2016 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 9 NATIONAL HARDWARE SHOW ® Opportunities FOR PRODUCT EXPOSURE & FEEDBACK M O R E T H A N 2 , 8 0 0 E X H I B I T O R S A N D N E A R LY 3 0 , 0 0 0 I N D U S T R Y P R O F E S S I O N A L S F R O M 3 2 C O U N T R I E S C O N V E R G E D O N T H E L A S V E G A S C O N V E N T I O N C E N T E R F O R T H E N A T I O N A L H A R D W A R E S H O W ® , H E L D M A Y 4 - 6 . T H E S H O W , I N I T S 7 1 S T E D I T I O N , O F F E R E D M E M B E R S O F T H E H A R D W A R E / H O M E I M P R O V E M E N T I N D U S T R Y T H E O P P O R T U N I T Y T O D I S C O V E R N E W P R O D U C T S , N E T W O R K , L E A R N A B O U T I N D U S T R Y T R E N D S A N D M O R E . T his year's Show was, once again, a successful one," says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. "We were thrilled to once again see so many industry professionals from all over the world, and from the feedback we've received so far, there were many new business relationships forged, new products discovered and best practices shared that will have an immediate impact on businesses across the industry." SPECIALTY AREAS As in past years, the Show was divided into 15 product categories to help attendees and media navigate through the thousands of products and vendors. It was spread throughout the convention center's North and Central halls, with the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ category outside in the Silver Lot. Each morning, attendees enjoyed coffee and refreshments at the convention center, along with a happy hour in the main lobby each afternoon to wrap up the day. The Energy Efficient, Made in America, Emergency Pre- paredness & Disaster Recovery and Eco-Friendly areas continue to be popular, and in addition to exhibitors showcasing these products on the Show floor, product displays from each of these categories were showcased in the Featured Product Gallery, a new area that combined multiple new products displays into one area. Along with those product displays, the Featured Product Gallery also included New Product World, and just a few steps away, Inventors Spotlight and New Product Launch. "

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