Eighteen suppliers exhibited their latest products in the Gardenex-organised British group at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas between 5 and 7 May 2015. It was the 19th time that a British contingent of exhibitors had been taken to the show by the association.
Exhibitors included La Hacienda, which exhibited its range of outdoor pizza ovens, grills and decorative garden products. The company secured orders from the US and Canada, as well as over 50 enquiries from distributors and retailers from Tahiti, Mexico and the UK. As a result of the show, La Hacienda has now teamed up with a new distributor for the US and Mexico and was also approached by several agents wishing to represent the company’s products.
G Plants also received around 30 enquiries from US and Canadian retailers and distributors for its flower and vegetable seeds and its garden related gifts and ornaments.
VegTrug returned from Las Vegas with 50 enquiries and potential new distributors for its popular raised vegetable planter and its newly launched bird box and bird table.
The Gardenex industry information stand at the National Hardware Show also attracted retailers such as Lowe’s, Home Hardware and Home Depot from Canada, Bunnings from Australia as well as distributors, wholesalers, mail order/internet sales companies, buying co-operations and retailers from across the US and Canada. International visitors to the stand included buyers from markets such as Germany, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Tahiti and the UK.
Supported by the UKTI trade team from the British Consulate General in New York, Gardenex held a breakfast briefing for UK exhibitors and visitors on the first morning of the show which featured a presentation by John Herbert, secretary general of EDRA. The presentation included tips on exporting to leading DIY retail chains in the US. EDRA, the European DIY Retail Association, has members from around the world including Home Depot and Lowe’s. Gardenex has been invited to attend EDRA’s 3rd Global DIY-Summit in London in June, which will attract many leading international DIY retailers.