NHPA invites industry attendance

by | Jun 28, 2023

The North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) is looking forward to hosting the 2023 NHPA Independents Conference on August 2-3 in Dallas. It is an industrywide event that brings together retailers, wholesaler representatives, vendors and other channel supporters, regardless of affiliation. The event will champion retailer success stories, provide opportunities to share solutions for common challenges and help members of the independent channel expand their networks across the two days.

The North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) Independents Conference

“We are counting down the days until we can gather with exceptional members of the channel who are committed to the continued growth and evolution of the independent home improvement industry,” said NHPA President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Cutter.

“We are honored to be the place where the industry’s most innovative, progressive minds come together to learn from each other and choose to excel.”

In addition to opportunities to network, the conference also features keynote addresses from former executives of Amazon and Google, as well as panel discussions with the industry’s leading retailers who will share how they have used technology to solve tough operational challenges.

“We have business problems, and we have to leverage technology to combat those problems because consumers are engaging with businesses through technology. It is no longer about trying to adapt. It is about accelerating your digital outcomes so you can keep up with consumer demands,” said keynote speaker Chris Hood, former head of business innovation and strategy for Google.

John Rossman, keynote speaker and former Amazon Executive and author said, “I am going to share a little bit of an innovation playbook to complement the operating playbook. It really does start with leadership and the willingness to add some new perspectives and try some new methods in order to get different results.”

Panellist Dalton Meny, Operations Manager of three Meny’s True Value locations in southwest Indiana, developed an automated inventory transfer computer program to help align inventory management and product transfers across his stores and will be among the 300-plus representatives in the panel discussions.

“We are not only saving money, but our stores are better stocked. The program is becoming more efficient the longer we use it, offering long-term positive results,” Mr Meny said.

In between sessions, attendees can explore service provider exhibitors in the Retail Solutions Hall where vendors will be available for retailers to explore technology and service resources.

Each day of the conference concludes with an award reception. Tuesday, 2 August, will celebrate the next generation of retail with the 2023 Young Retailer of the Year honorees. And on Wednesday, 3 Aug, following the Top Guns panel discussion, the industry’s leading retailers will be recognized at the 2023 Top Guns Award reception, which is graciously sponsored by STIHL and the National Hardware Show.

A limited number of tickets remain for the industry event of the year. For the best rate, go to YourNHPA.org/conference to purchase an individual ticket before 1 July.