Hardware Retailing

SEP 2017

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 | September 2017 92 92 HARDWARE RETAILING | September 2017 Retail Happenings Outside North America M y name is Hilary Welter, and I just finished living out of a suitcase for 12 months. Over the past year, I had the opportunity to do some pretty amazing activities like riding a camel in Morocco, skydiving in Croatia and skiing in Switzerland. Throughout my travels, I also learned unique retail lessons and met impressive home improvement retailers across Europe. It started in July 2016, when I boarded a plane to Lisbon, Portugal, to begin my one-year journey with a program called Remote Year. Remote Year is a company that brings together groups of 50 to 80 professionals from industries like technology, marketing and retail to see the world during a year of professional and personal growth. I was selected to participate in the program's sixth group of travelers. I spent one year living in and exploring a different city and country each month while working remotely full time for the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). I worked out of co-working spaces, cafes, hotels and rental apartments. My job at NRHA is to let you know about the resources that are available to you as an NRHA member and to help create some of those tools. I do so by delivering content via social media, email, Hardware Retailing's website and magazine. I also work with other NRHA staffers to create downloadable resources and relevant industry research studies. Throughout the year, Hardware Retailing published a handful of blog posts where I shared stories about home improvement stores I visited and reflected on my retail experiences in various cities. The following pages provide a snapshot of what I learned while traveling. To read the full posts and more blogs about retail across the world, visit TheRedT.com/nrha-abroad. NRHA Abroad Machu Picchu, Peru Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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