Hardware Retailing

JAN 2018

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January 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 65 " Business owners should seek out new ideas, not only from other retailers in their communities, but from business owners in other countries, too. —T.J. Comstock, Northwest Hardware International Insight This year, IHF is focusing on how businesses can best compete in the digital economy. It's devoting its two-day dSummit lecture event to the topic. Keynote speakers will present hardware-specific information on how digitalization trends are shaping consumer behavior, supply logistics and the economy at large. Even if Cologne feels a world away, North American business owners say it's a worthwhile trip. "I decided to attend IHF this year to see what ideas people in other countries are coming up with to better serve their customers. I want to see how other businesses are using technology to help their operations grow and be more efficient," T.J. Comstock, owner of Northwest Hardware in Billings, Montana, says. Comstock says IHF is one of the few industry events that draws visitors from across the world, giving business owners and manufacturers an open forum to explore new strategies. "I think all retailers need to step out of their comfort zones," Comstock says. "Business owners should seek out new ideas, not only from other retailers in their communities, but from business owners in other countries, too." IHF takes place every two years in Cologne. More event details and registration information is available at eisenwarenmesse.com. "

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