Retail Observer

July 2019

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM JULY 2019 36 THE 2019 NATIONAL HARDWARE SHOW ® SPECIALTY AREAS The Backyard Marketplace, located in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ section of the show, was a favored destination where attendees could relax, re-energize and grab delicious treats, while celebrating beloved outdoor living brands. The area was equipped with a variety of amenities including shade, a hydration station, food, music, entertainment and featured brands, with products that are leaders and trendsetters in the outdoor lifestyle category. • Tiny Living @ NHS Designed specifically for professionals in the small living, modular and manufactured housing industries, Tiny Living @ NHS was the place to connect with and discover companies that specialize in this realm. Attendees, exhibitors and professionals alike had the opportunity to check out the 15 tiny homes on display by this growing industry, as well as specific products and services for this growing home buying trend. • Interactive Smart Home NHS introduced its brand-new Interactive Smart Home where attendees experienced some of the most talked-about products in the category. As technology progresses, the Smart Home category has become increasingly prevalent in the home improvement and buying industry. Attendees were able to enjoy a realistic interactive experience in the environment that the products were designed for. The Interactive Smart Home, located in Central Hall, created tons of buzz for the featured products from companies including La Crosse Technology, Vosker and Jiawei Technology. • Inventors Spotlight New products, ideas and innovation continue to propel the home improvement industry and there's no better place to see the innovations than NHS. The Inventors Spotlight gave attendees an inside look at the products and services that might become the next big thing and revolutionize the home improvement industry. This section not only gave them the chance to interact with products soon to be released in the market – it gave inventors an opportunity to meet buyers and potential investors and get valuable feedback on their products. EDUCATION AND EVENTS Industry-Leading Conferences: Front and center in the Central Hall Lobby, the NRHA All-Industry Conference kicked things off with a special keynote from John Hartmann, president and CEO, True Value Co., entitled "Unlocking True Value." The keynote took place immediately after the NHS opening ceremony on the NRHA Village Stage and addressed how returning the majority of its members' equity has offered retailers the opportunity to invest in their business as they know best, as well as how

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