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National Hardware will spotlight new products

New products are one of the engines that drive sales within the home improvement industry, and now attendees at the 2012 National Hardware Show will be able to find the latest and greatest product innovations easier than ever during the event, which will be held May 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For the first time, this year's National Hardware Show will feature more than 1,000 new products and inventions in a special Innovation Station display area located off the main show floors.

"We know that retail and wholesale buyers are very interested in the latest products and line introductions, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for buyers to see these products in one easy-to-shop location," Sonya Ruff Jarvis, vice president of attendee programs with the National Hardware Show, said in a statement.

The Innovation Station area will house:

• The New Product World display, which spotlights hundreds of new products from the industry's leading manufacturers.

• The Inventor's Spotlight, where attendees can get an inside look at what may be the next big product or service in the industry. A Pitch Tank will also be located nearby giving inventors the opportunity to pitch their breakthrough business concepts and products to Kevin Harrington, Investor Shark on ABC's "Shark Tank" and chairman of TVGoods, and Steve Rogai, CEO and co-founder of TVGoods.

• Green Product World, which allows retailers to keep up with the growing demand for environmentally friendly products and gather information on the latest in green, eco-friendly and sustainable products that today's consumers are looking for.

The show will also feature a New Product Launch Spotlight area in the central concourse adjacent to the NRHA Village and Stage.

"By providing areas that are designated to spotlight new products, we hope it will make it even easier for show attendees to see the latest and greatest innovations that manufacturers have brought to the show and provide exhibitors with an even more productive way to launch and showcase their newest offerings," said Jarvis.

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