National Hardware Show 2016 Preview
The National Hardware Show brings together attendees to see new products, network and meet the biggest brands in home improvement.
By Stephanie Crets
The 71st annual National Hardware Show is coming to the Las Vegas Convention Center May 4 to May 6 for attendees to experience the latest and greatest in the home improvement marketplace. Attendees will see new products, network with other attendees and exhibitors, attend educational seminars and meet with big brands – from 3M to Ace Hardware Corp. to Louisville Ladder and more. As one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the industry, retailers, manufacturers and distributors in the home improvement industry won’t want to miss the show.
The National Hardware Show has evolved through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving people’s quality of life through their homes. Now, the show is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil new products, ideas and insights to a wide range of industry professionals.
“We’re looking forward to providing all our attendees and exhibitors with a productive, memorable few days at the Show,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “We have made a few changes, based on customer feedback, to make the show the best it can be. We can’t wait to see everyone in Las Vegas in May.”
Some of those changes include changing the days of the show. In past years, the show took place Tuesday through Thursday, but this year, the days are Wednesday through Friday. The show will also move back to the north and central halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as attendees – via customer feedback – said this location offered a more convenient and complete show experience. Additionally, the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ section (formerly the Outdoors, Tailgate & Recreation section) will be moving back to the Silver Parking Lot in front of the convention centers so attendees can have a more enhanced outdoor experience as they see products from lawn, garden and outdoor living.
The National Hardware Show offers a plethora of new products to view from the top brands in the industry, which is what many attendees most want to see. Inventors Spotlight features products that aren’t yet on the market; New Product World offers a look at the newest products, innovations and trends in the industry; and New Product Launch gives attendees an inside look into up-and-coming products.
This year, the National Hardware Show wants to offer attendees a more personalized show experience with exhibitor and product recommendations offered once registration is complete. This will allow attendees to navigate the exhibit hall more easily and locate the exact type of product they want to know more about.
In addition, the show is offering new specialty areas. The Made in USA and Energy Efficient areas focus on those two trends, which are currently very popular among consumers, and the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery area will highlight products from a quickly growing category. And lastly, the show offers awards programs, such as the Homewares Awards, which recognizes specific products and manufacturers.
Registration is now open for the National Hardware Show. By registering early, attendees will receive important show news, including personalized exhibitor and product recommendations, a first look at show specials and new products and more. For more information and to register, visit www.nationalhardwareshow.com.