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2019 NRHA State of Independents Conference

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NRHA Headquarters

136 N. Delaware St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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An Evolving Industry: Global Changes at a Local Level

Join retailers, wholesalers and channel partners for this daylong event focused on finding growth opportunities in the changing retail landscape. Join NRHA, economy and industry experts, independent retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers for a full day of networking, panel discussions and research seminars.


Topics this year will cover:

Planning for Succession

Preparing for your business’s future is a project every retailer should take seriously.

  • Learn the steps you should take to safeguard your business’s long-term survival.
  • Hear from retailers on both sides of the succession planning process.
  • Discover resources that can help you plan for your business’s next chapter/stage.


Changing Consumer Demographics

Meeting the needs of a diverse customer base is crucial for ongoing retail success.

  • Hear from multicultural retailers on how they’re integrating new retail opportunities.
  • Explore ways you can authentically serve a changing customer base.
  • Understand the importance of welcoming new customers in every corner of the country.


Increasing Labor Costs

Knowing the forces behind rising labor costs puts you one step ahead of competitors.

  • Position your business to capture sales from professional builders.
  • Find ways you can help construction crews save time and lower costs.
  • Grasp how overseas tariffs are affecting the U.S. home improvement market.


Integrating Technology

Implementing new tech resources can streamline your entire operation.

  • Uncover how new tech applications can improve employee productivity.
  • Incorporate tech solutions to drive brick-and-mortar conversions.
  • Analyze how social media can help you grow closer to customers.



2019 Agenda (Updated Regularly)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Networking



9:00 a.m.

Welcome

Dan Tratensek, NRHA and Rich Russo, National Hardware Show®



9:15 – 10:00 a.m

State of the Industry Report

NRHA executive vice president Dan Tratensek and Jim Robisch, senior partner of market research firm The Farnsworth Group, explore the current state of the independent home improvement industry. Using illuminating industry data and the results of NRHA’s annual Cost of Doing Business Study, Tratensek and Robisch will examine factors influencing current performance and analysis of long-term growth opportunities.



10:00 – 10:45 a.m

Retailer Panel Discussion

Stay tuned for updates.



10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break



11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Retailer Presentaion

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12:00 – 12:15 p.m.

Spirit of Independents Awards

This award, presented by NRHA and Independent We Stand, honors a home improvement retail operation that goes above and beyond for promoting the shop local movement within their community.



12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by Arrow Fastener



1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Retailer Presentation

Stay tuned for updates.



2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Retailer Presentation

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3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break



3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

2020 Vision: How Retailers Are Embracing Change

Retail is constantly evolving, challenging operators to stay attuned to shifting consumer demographics, shopping preferences and technology. Join Dan Tratensek as he investigates the specific market transitions retailers are reporting and how they are updating their businesses to best meet the needs of customers in 2020 and beyond. Plus, get insight into how the industry’s youngest retail leaders view the future of independent home improvement.



4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

NRHA Channel Partner Awards Presentation

These awards are presented to the top three manufacturing partners as selected by independent retailers.




4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Sponsored by Arrow Fastener


Hotel Accommodations

To book your hotel stay, please click here
Group Code: NRHA
or call 888-591-1234

Room rate: $124/night
Please book your stay by November 4 to receive the best room rate. Availability is first come, first serve.


Sponsored by the National Hardware Show®



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NRHA Headquarters

136 N. Delaware St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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