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Discover "a new way to market": at the 2011 National Hardware Show[R].

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THE NATIONAL HARDWARE SHOW," (NHS) and the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) are coming together to bring retailers a "New Way to Market" at the show, in Las Vegas, May 10-12. The show will provide retailers with opportunities to find great new products, learn how to bring in new customers and increase outreach to existing customers through special events, product demonstrations, and NRHA TV, as well as engaging addresses by industry experts. The show will also include popular NRHA programs such as informative seminars and the Packaging and Merchandising Awards--as well as thousands of vendors showing off the latest products and trends.

Hundreds of Big Brands to Choose From Several major brands are returning to the NHS, along with 500 newcomers making their debut. Top brands will make their presence felt across seven major categories at the show including: Hardware & Tools; Homewares; Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living; Paint & Accessories; Plumbing and Electrical; Storage and Organization; and Tailgating, Camping and Picnic, with core product categories also being showcased in the show's International Sourcing area.

"We are thrilled to have market leaders in several product categories joining us to unveil their latest and greatest product innovations to the industry's top buyers," says Rich Russo, event director of the NHS.

The show will feature category leaders like 3M (paint), The Coleman Company, Inc. (camping and outdoor equipment), Butler (housewares) and The Scotts Co. (lawn & garden).

Rich Neal, manager, consumer marketing for Oak Grove, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp., who has been attending the show since joining Ace three years ago told the show, "This show has the widest breadth of product assortment and vendors under one roof. The NHS does a fantastic job creating a destination for all major brands and categories, while also being a great forum for new products, brands and classification. I always find innovative, new products at every show. If a hardware/home improvement vendor or retailer could attend just one show, this is the show."

The Tailgate Pavilion Doubles in Size

Last year, the NHS debuted the Tailgate Product Merchandising Pavilion and thanks to overwhelming success, it will be back again for the 2011 show with a few additions. This year the Tailgate Pavilion will feature camping and picnic products along with an assortment of grilling and other tailgating categories. Based on research, the NHS discovered that more and more home improvement, hardware and general merchandise retailers are focusing shelf space on camping and picnic products to drive incremental traffic, sales and per-customer transaction.

The Tailgate, Camping & Picnic Products Pavilion will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center's Silver Parking Lot and feature more than 100 exhibitors--compared to 40 in 2010--in such key product categories as barbecue, licensed products, coolers, grills/grill accessories, rubs, outdoor games and tents/shelter, as well as a brand new camping and picnic area. Attendees can also look forward to a tailgate party complete with food samples, beverages and contests.

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Get Holiday Shopping Done Early

More and more Americans went to their local hardware stores and home centers to pick up lights, decorations, holiday-themed figurines and even fully decorated Christmas trees this past holiday season. Keeping up with customer demand, the Hardware Show's seasonal area has been expanded to include hundreds of the industry's hottest and most innovative products.

"Holiday decor is thriving in the marketplace, and the number of hardware retailers carrying holiday decor is increasing every year," says Christina Barnes, general manager of Accents Unlimited, a seasonal products company. "The National Hardware Show provides a great opportunity for companies to meet with holiday buyers to review future holiday trends and add to their upcoming holiday selections."

The seasonal category has also become an important category for Organize.com, where holiday storage for Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, lights, ornaments and decor is at its peak during the December and January months.

"We look to the National Hardware Show as a place to find our seasonal hardware and outdoor decorating needs," says Deborah Shearer, Organize.com's vice president of marketing and merchandising. "We look forward to the NHS as it continues to expand the vendors in the seasonal categories."

In addition to products related to the winter holidays, the seasonal category also includes Lawn & Garden products, as well as sleds, towables, snow shovels, ice melt and a variety of other items. Seasonal products can be found in specific areas at the show, making it convenient for buyers to see several companies in a shorter period of time.

"There are many merchants that attend the NHS and primarily focus on their areas of responsibility. It has to be a tremendous benefit to go to one central arena and view multiple vendors," says Ray Shelor, national sales manager--retail sales for DiversiTech Corp., whose products include a Christmas tree stand mat and Holiday SurfaceSaver. "This allows them to complete their core business and leaves time to walk the show for other new products or follow up with existing vendors. I can see many merchants and show new and past successful products on a minimum budget, and the merchants can maximize their travel allowance by having a basic one-stop-shop event."

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Going Green Gets Easier

As Americans look for new ways to save energy, the NHS will continue to kick up its emphasis on energy efficient products, services and information. For the first time, exhibitors with energy efficient products will be given a special designation in the Show Directory, on the NHS website and with signage in their booths, making it easier for Show attendees to discover the latest and greatest in energy saving innovation.

"The Hardware Show has long been the premiere showcase for new and innovative products. In 2011, innovative will also mean energy efficient," says Sharon Gallagher, senior channel manager of retail at TCPI which produces CFL lighting products. "This year's show will be a must to see the advances in energy efficiency across all product categories, but especially in energy efficient lighting. Retailers and distributors need to prepare for the coming incandescent phase-out and the new, more efficient technologies that will be replacing it."

In addition to CFL lighting, the category of energy efficient products includes pipe insulation, weather stripping, programmable thermostats, motion sensor lights, dimmer switches, window and door insulator strips and more.

National Hardware Show[R] 2011

NRHA Village & Stage Seminar and Event Highlights

* Check daily schedules at the show, events are subject to change.

TUESDAY, MAY 10

8:45-9:30 a.m.

Grand Opening Ceremonies

10-10:50 a.m.

State of the Industry Address

Presented by Dan Tratensek, VP Publishing/Editor, NRHA/Hardware Retailing Magazine

This presentation will help put perspective on where the home improvement retailing industry currently stands and where it is likely heading in the near future. Attendees will learn how macroeconomic shifts are likely to impact the industry and learn how retailers throughout the industry are responding.

11-11:50 a.m.

Why (And Where) We Shop

Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing

There's no doubt that consumers are a fickle bunch, but this presentation will seek to shed some light on how and why consumers choose to shop for their home improvement needs. This proprietary research will be unveiled for the first time ever during this presentation and shares insights from more than 1,000 consumers nationwide who tell us about their shopping motivations.

12:00-12:50 p.m.

Lunch and Learn Session on Consumable Products

Sponsored/Presented by Jack Link's Beef Jerky

Jack Link's Beef Jerky, a leader in the consumables marketplace, will share their insights into the evolution and opportunities within the consumables category.

1-1:50 p.m.

Advertising, Adapting to Today's Consumer:. Myths vs. Reality

Presented by James Robisch, The Farnsworth Group

This insightful session will focus on helping attendees better understand the role of advertising in the home improvement industry and will touch on topics such as the importance and role of print ads vs. other media, how to create awareness, reinforce brand message and correct market position weaknesses.

2-2:50 p.m.

NRHA Packaging and Merchandising Awards

Presented by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA)

This program will honor the industry's most innovative manufacturers for their design and development of packaging, merchandising and point-of-purchase displays. Category and Best of Show winners will be announced during this awards ceremony and all of the finalists will be displayed at the Package and Merchandising Expo held at the NRHA Village. In addition to presenting awards for each of the Packaging and Merchandising categories, NRHA will present a "Best of Show" award for the top entry in both categories.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11

9-9:50 a.m.

The Home Improvement Projects Consumers Are Planning Today

Presented by Fred Miller, Executive Director, Home Improvement Research Institute

With the economy slowly improving, what will homeowners be doing in home improvement? The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) has answers. Based on a monthly consumer sentiment tracking study, HIRI will let you know which project areas are hottest and give you a profile of those who are planning work in and around their homes.

10-10:50 a.m.

Boom, Box, Echo: The End of Big-Box Retail as We Know It

Presented by Doug Stephens, President, Retail Prophet Consulting

Every generation has its retail format and for the baby boomers that format was the Big Box. A historic boom in population, coupled with unprecedented economic growth spawned this new generation of power retail, the likes of which we'd never seen before. But in the face of massive and rapid social and economic change can the big-box business model survive?

11-11:50 a.m.

Close To Home: Made-in-U.S.A / Shop Local Movement

Sponsored by Channellock

Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing Whether influenced by 9/11, the recession or Wall St. woes, American consumer attitudes about buying made-in-U.S.A, products and shopping locally have changed. This never-before-seen research will share with attendees the results of 1000s of consumer interviews from across the country. Consumers share how their shopping patterns have changed, how much they are willing to spend to shop locally and share their feelings on the importance of products that are made in the USA.

1-1:50 p.m.

NRHA Top Gun Awards

Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing Magazine

This is the industry's chance to hear what today's top independent retailers are thinking. NRHA and Hardware Retailing magazine will once again assemble a panel of the industry's most successful and innovative independent retailers to share their stories and thoughts on the industry. Past Top Gun honorees have included Boyden Moore; George Smith of Westlake Hardware; Bill Aubuchon of Aubuchon Hardware; and Greg Fuller of All-American Home Center.

2-2:50 p.m.

Fifth Annual Homewares Awards

Presented by the National Hardware Show[R] and HomeWorld Business

3-3:50 p.m.

New Product Launch Spotlight Awards

Presented by the National Hardware Show[R]

New Product Launch Spotlight Show Awards are exclusively devoted to TRUE new products--products that have no pre-sells, no pre-negotiations or no exclusive deal. Awards will be given for the most innovative product introductions.

5-6:30 p.m.

NRHA Retailers' Choice Awards

Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing Magazine

For more than 30 years Hardware Retailing magazine has been singling out the best of the best products at the National Hardware Show[R] with its Retailers' Choice Awards. Unlike other award programs, products selected to receive a Retailers' Choice Award aren't chosen by editors, they are selected by a panel of distinguished retailers who buy and sell products for a living. This program not only honors manufacturers for their innovation but it also helps retailers single out new and innovative products to check out at the show.

THURSDAY, MAY 12 INDEPENDENTS' DAY CELEBRATION

9-9:50 a.m.

Leading the Way: Local Business and Its Value to the Economy

Presented by NRHA/Hardware Retailing Magazine

This roundtable discussion will feature influential proponents for the local-shopping movement discussing the importance of local businesses and the impact these businesses can have on the economic health of the nation.

10-10:50 a.m.

PlanItDiy: Your Hometown Hardware Resource

Presented by NRHA

This session will mark the worldwide debut of PlanItDIY, a revolutionary new marketing and promotional campaign that provides consumers with access to a world of home improvement how-to advice and brings them closer to their local home improvement retailers. Show attendees will get a first-hand glimpse at how this program will help spur D-I-Y activity and traffic at independent retailers' stores.

11-11:50 a.m.

Spirit of Independents' Awards

Presented by NRHA

These awards will recognize independent home improvement retailers for all of the good they do in their communities. From philanthropic endeavors to their involvement in local government and economic growth, independent retailers do far more than just buy and sell merchandise. Attendees will want to come hear the stories of these outstanding merchants and be inspired by all they do to give back to their communities.

11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Independents' Day Picnic in the Tailgate & Outdoor Recreation Area

Come join us for a picnic celebration of hotdogs, chips and soft drinks.
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