The successful National Hardware Virtual Show in October was just one of many industry and market events held on virtual platforms in 2020. These events were proof of concept that online markets work. Not only did they keep visitors and vendors safe from the pandemic, many attracted more attendees and set sales records. With that success, more virtual conventions are planned for the new year. In 2021, most retailers, regardless of affiliation, will be able to access the latest product, business and COVID-19 information, from the comfort of homes and shops, as well as share it with employees for on-going training and inspiration.
Here are just a few upcoming events in the new year:
Ace Hardware 2021 Spring Convention: The digital convention is scheduled for March 9-12. The event is for Ace retailers and will include buyers’ meetings, training sessions and interactive live events.
House-Hasson Hardware Co. Fresh Start Online Dealer Market: Scheduled for Jan. 29-29, this affiliate show will include bonus buys, pallet buys, super savers, and deals on drop-ship and warehouse orders.
Orgill Online Buying Event: Orgill’s first virtual event of 2021 will be held Feb. 8-19 and will be similar to the Orgill e-Volution 2020 Fall Online Buying Event. This event will take the place of Orgill’s live Spring Dealer Market.
Don’t forget to save the date for the 2021 National Hardware Show scheduled for May 11-13. Currently the Show is being planned as a live event at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Los Vegas, NV but more information will be provided as the date gets closer.