Hardware Retailing

SEP 2016

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HARDWARE RETAILING | September 2016 14 NRHA News NRHA Abroad: 10 Countries in 12 Months T he home improvement industry is one that stretches across borders. There are home improvement stores around the world. But how do the trends, products and merchandising techniques overseas differ from what we see in North America? What are our peers up to on the other side of the pond? North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) staff member Hilary Welter is on a journey to find out. For one year, Welter is living, working and connecting with the home improvement industry across the world in 10 countries and 12 cities with a program called Remote Year. Welter is one of 75 professionals participating in the Remote Year program, which brings together professionals from around the globe to spend a year working, traveling and exploring abroad. Throughout the year, she will be spending time absorbing the world of retailing in new places. In addition to visiting international retailers, she will connect with associations and manufacturers and attend industry events. Where in the World? Welter spent August in Lisbon, Portugal, and is off to Rabat, Morocco, at the beginning of September. Her stops for the remainder of the year include: • October – Sofia, Bulgaria • November – Split, Croatia • December – Prague, Czech Republic • January – Valencia, Spain • February – Mexico City, Mexico • March – Bogotá, Colombia • April – Medellín, Colombia • May – Lima, Peru • June – Córdoba, Argentina • July – Buenos Aires, Argentina Following Along Over the year, Welter will be sharing stories and retail experiences on her blog, "NRHA Abroad." Learn about her journey and check out what she learned in Lisbon at TheRedT.com/nrha-abroad. Stay tuned for new posts each month.

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