Hardware Retailing

OCT 2018

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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HARDWARE RETAILING | October 2018 90 Snapshot of spoga+gafa A s the world's leading lawn and garden show, spoga+gafa is a destination for retailers looking for new products, trends and inspiration for how to separate themselves from their competitors in the category. This year's event, held Sept. 2-4 at the Koelnmesse Exhibition Center in Cologne, Germany, drew more than 2,000 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors from all over the world and sizes of retail operations. On display were some of the best new products on the market and the styles and designs that will drive consumer buying in 2019. For retailers who want to keep their lawn, garden and outdoor living departments on the cutting edge of what's new, international shows such as spoga+gafa play an important role. These events are the places where retailers will find new products not yet offered in their markets. It's where retailers can stay ahead of consumer buying habits, and it's where they can find inspiration for how to more effectively merchandise these categories. Here are five trends Hardware Retailing editors spotted at spoga+gafa 2018. For more coverage of the event, visit TheRedT.com/spoga-gafa-2018. Premier Event Highlights the Hottest Trends in Lawn, Garden and Outdoor Living By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org Above photo by Thomas Klerx, ©Koelnmesse GmbH

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