News Stories for June

Mitre 10 runs with Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman at a Mitre 10 Landcare project in Clifton Hill, Victoria

Olympic gold medalist Cathy Freeman has joined forces with Mitre 10. As announced at the Mitre 10 National Conference last month, Cathy will be the ambassador for the Mitre 10 Landcare “Caring for our Waterways” campaign.

In this role, Cathy will visit Mitre 10 stores around Australia that demonstrate outstanding support of the campaign. She will also feature prominently across Mitre 10 marketing collateral including point of sale material and catalogues.

Danks Gears Up For 2005 Conference

The crew from Muzzy’s Hardware in Tom Price, West Australia – winners of the Danks 2004 W.A. Home Store of the Year . L-R: Craig Rudduck (WA Home Group Manager), Sandra Musgrave (Muzzy’s), Greg Musgrave (Muzzy’s), Rod Best (WA State Manager, John Danks & Sons).

Planning is well underway for Danks’ 2005 National Conference to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre between April 18 and 22. A record number of delegates are expected to attend the National Trade Show and Conference which will have the theme, Show of Strength, and will see Danks combine its trade show and biennial national conference for the first time.

Many members have already taken advantage of a generous early bird offer of two nights free accommodation, by registering before June 30, 2004. There is also an opportunity to earn another two nights accommodation through a special warehouse sales deal.

The four-day event will commence with a trade show exclusive to Danks members, followed by a conference with many interesting speakers and seminars. Anyone interested in attending the conference can phone (03) 9264 5000 or email: ShowOfStrength@nulldanks.com.au

Las Vegas National Hardware Show Goes From Strength To Strength

The American National Hardware Show is set to be bigger and better in 2005. This year’s show held in May in Las Vegas was an overwhelming success with more than 2,300 exhibitors and a record number of visitors. The combination of the Paint & Decorating Show and the National Hardware Show meant buyers enjoyed a larger presentation of paint, and paint-related tools and accessories because of the combination of the two shows.

The show, which has proved to be significantly better attended and more popular than the AHMA Chicago Show, will celebrate its 60th year in 2005 and will be held in conjunction with The Gourmet Show. The Gourmet Show will feature gourmet housewares and home improvement products, with organizers hoping it will attract more specialty retailers – and more female visitors.

Next year’s show will occupy two exhibition centres – the Sands Expo and Convention Centre and the Las Vegas Convention Centre – and it is expected that the show will occupy 550,000 net sq ft of exhibit space. It will run from May 17 – 19, 2005. Meanwhile, in the UK it has been announced that a dedicated tools show will be held alongside the DIY & Garden Show in London next January. Totally Tools will take place at Earls Court 2 in London from January 16 – 18, 2005. “The Show will include professional and industrial tools for use by tradesmen and all trades and industries,” said director Christopher Leonard-Morgan. “Entry will be open to retailers, wholesalers, merchants and specialist tools distributors, but not to end-users.”

Get the full story and more news in the June issue of the Australian Hardware Journal.