Buying group, United Hardware, recently held its Spring/Summer 2017 Trade Show attracting a strong attendance of Homevalue and Arro merchants from around the country, who had the opportunity to study a line up of exclusive brands in categories that the group’s buyers predict will be strong performers over the next 12 months.
Categories that were the focus of a lot of attention on the day included: home furniture; garden furniture, equipment and accessories; power tools; and bathroom fixtures and fittings.
Cathleen and Brendan Rooney of Rooney’s Homevalue Agri and Hardware were among those assessing the range of products on show. Having seen some movement in housebuilding in their customer catchment area, the Rooneys are cautiously optimistic about 2017. Brendan confirmed they have expansion plans for next year: “We are opening a new store in Kells Business Park that will allow us to offer a much expanded range of products.”
Cathleen noted: “Visiting a show like this is very helpful in working out our product mix and certainly demonstrates the experience and ability of United’s buying team.” The show also presented an excellent networking opportunity with United Hardware senior management all in attendance, including Group Chief Executive Patrick Cassidy; David Farrell, Chief Operating Officer; and John Gillivan, Group Relations Manager.
David Farrell, Chief Operating Officer, United Hardware highlighted several categories that should offer retailers a lot of sales potential in 2017, such as garden furniture and petcare: “Garden furniture is a growing category and the show has a tremendous selection of three-, five- and six-piece furniture sets, loungers, hammocks, chairs and benches on display. Another category that’s got strong customer appeal is petfood and petcare accessories. Owners love to pamper their pets and are always interested in new products in this area. We’ve got a diverse selection of collars, toys and assorted accessories.
John Gillivan, Group Relations Manager, whose main focus is liasing with Homevalue and Arro merchants around the country, was delighted with the response to the event: “Our trade shows always generate a buzz of excitement and the product ranges on display here have the right combination of quality, value and distinctiveness that Homevalue and Arro merchants look for.”