House-Hasson Hardware will return to an in-person market in January 2023, after holding an October virtual market over the internet to enable busy independent hardware store and lumberyard dealers to stay close to their stores.
“Our focus, every day, is on dealer profitability,” said Steve Henry, House-Hasson president and CEO. “Staffing has been an issue for businesses across the country, and the dealers we serve have been feeling it as well. October’s virtual market was a way of taking some of the pressure off of them in terms of being able to staff their stores. Now, dealers, and our House-Hasson staff, want to go back to in-person markets.”
House-Hasson’s next dealer market is scheduled January 12-14, 2023, at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. House-Hasson is America’s largest independent regional distributor serving hardware stores and lumberyard dealers.
Henry said the staffing challenges that have affected businesses—including House-Hasson and its dealers—throughout 2021 and 2022 show evidence of turning around.
“We’re getting more applications for employment than we’ve seen in a while,” Henry said. “There are indications that’s becoming true for dealers, too. How that applies to the economy overall is unknown, but what it means for us is that from this point forward, barring something unprecedented and unforeseen, in-person markets are our future.”
“Registrations from dealers and vendors are up,” Henry added. “Dealers use our buying specials’ prices to help make their margins. We also get a chance to visit and spend time together, and that’s important.”
He said that dealers like the markets in Nashville because of the city’s entertainment options and the 2,888-room Opryland Hotel.
“Opryland Hotel, with all it offers, is by itself is a destination,” Henry said. “It’s almost a self-contained entertainment city.”
Among House-Hasson dealer market features:
- Bonus Buy Breakfast items and assortments
- Super Savers and coupons
- Payment terms available on drop-shipments and warehouse orders
- Electronic ordering and market reports
- Marketing and store service solutions
- Educational seminars
- Travel rewards and room reimbursement programs
Information and registration for the House-Hasson January dealer market is online at https://househasson.com/markets/. House-Hasson serves some 2,500 independent hardware store and lumberyard dealers in 23 states and the Caribbean Basin. The company’s website is www.househasson.com.