The hand, power and trade tool market remains highly competitive as more and more innovative products are released onto the market each year. However, OX Tool’s Product Manager, Troy Strachan, believes trades people are more likely to justify purchasing a new product if it increases productivity or reduces physical fatigue.
HBT’s (Hardware & Building Traders) National Conference began with an air of excitement and enthusiasm as over 300 stores, up 50 stores on last year, collaborated at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for three days of workshops, trade show and the newly programed awards night.
New Cooma H Hardware is a purpose built HBT store, which took out the Regional Store of the Year Award for NSW, at HBT’s national conference held in Melbourne last month. The store has come a long way since three siblings took it over 17 years ago, when all had little to no retail experience.