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2021 WRLA Showcase Changes Format

The Western Retail Lumber Association‘s (WRLA) Building & Hardware Showcase in-person event has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, a virtual event hosted on the association’s app and inside the Yardstick publication has been planned, event organizers say.

To ensure that the WRLA can safeguard the health and safety of members while continuing to create success for the industry, the  publication and app will provide a new platform to engage vendor and dealer connections, offer education opportunities and build industry awareness.

“While we recognize the value of in-person events cannot be replaced, we want to make this a win-win situation to create success and sustainability,” says Liz Kovach, WRLA president. “The WRLA board and staff are disappointed that we had to cancel one of the industry’s largest shows. We recognize this event is important to members’ business development and these alternatives will allow everyone to still collaborate, network and showcase innovation to the industry.”

The January issue of the association’s Yardstick magazine, which is sent to all members, will now contain a special WRLA Building & Hardware Showcase section. Through the publication and app, members can participate in:

  • Member “booths” with company profiles, product info and staff intros created by the members
  • New products feature area
  • Show specials
  • Warehouse sales
  • Opportunities to connect with other members
  • In-app contests.

Members can also have virtual product knowledge sessions hosted by the WRLA and the association will be holding various education sessions on industry and business topics from Jan. 18-29, 2021.

“This new format is actually a really exciting opportunity for members. This is a fresh way for vendors to reach people they would have seen at the show, plus they can also connect with others who may not normally travel to the show. Via the app and magazine, members can connect in ways that work within their schedule,” says Joel Seibert, WRLA board chair. “This is the next best thing to an in-person event.”

About Todd Taber

Todd Taber
Todd is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. He graduated from Indiana University where he majored in journalism and French. Throughout his career, he has aimed to highlight small businesses and their community value. He joined NRHA in 2017 and now serves on the news and marketing teams. In his free time, he likes to run, spend time with family and travel the country.

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