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HDA Announces New Dates for the 2023 Group Merchandising Conference

Group Merchandising Conference

Hardlines Distribution Alliance (HDA) has announced the new dates for the 2023 Group Merchandising Conference (GMC). The conference will be held May 8-11 at the Embassy Suites Atlanta – Buckhead. The new dates will allow attendees to take advantage of …

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Industry Insights: Forward Thinking With Steve Synnott & Shari Kalbach

Industry Insights

How did business change for HDA in 2022 compared to 2021? Distribution America and PRO Group joined forces in April 2022 to form Hardlines Distribution Alliance (HDA). We are striving to become a larger, more impactful and more efficient organization …

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Hardlines Distribution Alliance Hosts 2023 Executive Planning Conference

2023 Executive Planning Conference

In November, Hardlines Distribution Alliance (HDA) hosted the first Executive Planning Conference (EPC) since the organization’s formation in April when Distribution America and PRO Group joined together to become HDA. Attendees descended upon the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, …

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Hardlines Distribution Alliance Hosts Its First GMC 

After the formation of Hardlines Distribution Alliance (HDA) in April, the organization hosted its first in-person Group Merchandising Conference (GMC) last week at the Embassy Suites Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. As the first event hosted by HDA, all attendees were …

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Distribution America and PRO Group Form Hardlines Distribution Alliance

Hardlines Distribution Alliance

Effective April 1, 2022, Distribution America (DA) and PRO Group (PRO) will be operating as Hardlines Distribution Alliance (HDA), a service management company representing over 65 member distributors nationwide.  Shari Kalbach, who was serving as vice president and chief operating …

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PRO Group Hosts 2021 Group Merchandising Conference


On June 21-24, PRO Group Inc. held its annual Group Merchandising Conference (GMC) virtually. The 2020 GMC was also held virtually, but this year’s event featured Zoom breakout rooms, allowing attendees to enjoy a more interactive virtual format.  Through over …

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PRO Group Plans Virtual 2021 Group Merchandising Conference

2021 group merchandising conference

PRO Group, Inc. has announced the 2021 Group Merchandising Conference (GMC) will be a virtual event due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The virtual event is scheduled to take place June 21-24. As with the 2020 virtual GMC, PRO …

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Distribution America and PRO Group Hold First Virtual Executive Planning Conference

executive planning conference

To provide attendees with invaluable one-on-one interactions amidst the pandemic, Distribution America and PRO Group, Inc. have hosted the first ever virtual Executive Planning Conference (EPC) using the Zoom platform. From Nov. 16-19, distributor and vendor attendees had the opportunity …

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