There are many legislative and business topics that impact the welfare of independent home improvement businesses and their owners. In an effort to bring some of those topics to light, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is in the process of seeking out a group of retailers to serve as the founding members of the NRHA Advocacy Advisory Group.
Members of this group will discuss shared issues and concerns, both legislative and otherwise, that are important and relevant in the industry, such as the new overtime regulations and representing retailers in the supplier and vendor communities. Participating retailers will work closely with NRHA to help the association broadly represent retailer viewpoints on advocacy issues.
“In an effort to help strengthen the industry, NRHA is always looking for more ways to bring retailers together to make sure the voice of independents is heard,” says Dan Tratensek, vice president of publishing at NRHA. “The Advocacy Advisory Group is another step towards that goal, and we’re eager for it to drive positive change in the channel.”
The group will connect periodically throughout the year to discuss issues in virtual town hall meetings and will also assist the association in identifying topics for position papers. Additionally, the Advocacy Advisory Group will be involved in the association’s annual State of Independents Conference, an interactive event focused on improving the channel by providing proprietary research, live feedback, networking opportunities and advice.
If you’re interested in being part of the committee or want to learn more about the NRHA Advocacy Advisory Group, please contact Dan Tratensek by email or by calling 317-275-9407.