Partner Events Expand Opportunities for Conference Attendees

At the NHPA Independents Conference in Dallas—where innovation and inspiration took center stage—attendees were treated to exclusive experiences beyond the main stage events. Industry organizations—Do it Best, Kelly-Moore and Orgill—hosted their own partner events, offering networking opportunities and knowledge sharing. Continue reading for highlights from these events. 

Building a Better Path to Purchase With Do it Best

Presented by Do it Best’s e-commerce content and marketing manager Brianna Wells, the educational session explored how a comprehensive e-commerce strategy that integrates online and in-store shopping into a single customer experience can drive sales, building a better path to purchase.

During her presentation, Wells quizzed attendees on shopper behaviors and provided statistics that drove home the need for retailers to provide their customers with an incredible online experience. Key areas where Wells urged attendees to focus included providing site merchandising, high-quality product content and convenience for multiple generations. 

Wells says Do it Best will soon introduce a new e-commerce platform to its members that will offer a better path to purchase and integrates online and in-store shopping into a single experience. 

“As independents in this industry, you have an incredible opportunity to drive sales by integrating online and in-store into one easy consumer shopping experience,” she says. “The key driver is to generate and capture as much activity as possible, increasing both your digital and your in-store transactions.”

A Look Inside With Kelly-Moore

On Aug. 2, Kelly-Moore Paints hosted NHPA Independents Conference attendees on a private tour of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in nearby Hurst, Texas. 

Attendees witnessed the process of paint coming to life from the raw material stage, onto grinding and mixing, into buckets and cans, and finally, to the warehouse where paint is shipped to retailers and customers worldwide.

See a slideshow of the tour photos and videos below. 

Operational Insights in the Orgill Pavilion

The Orgill Pavilion offered a space for retailers to access resources and workspaces throughout the duration of the conference, and an Aug. 1 event featured a full day of educational sessions, including workshops, panel discussions, a tech symposium and vendor presentations with updates on the latest developments from brands such as Stanley Black & Decker, Rheem, Scotts, Milwaukee and Sherwin-Williams. The day culminated in an evening reception offering retailers networking opportunities. 

Session topics included effective merchandising strategies and an AI roundtable. The tech symposium featured retailer case studies and insights into how technology can help retailers improve their businesses. 

Orgill president and CEO Boyden Moore also provided a company update and discussed industry trends and what might be keeping him up at night. 

Moore touched on the company’s history of innovation and mentioned the company’s recent 450,000-square-foot expansion of its Hurricane, Utah, distribution center and the addition of th new Tifton, Georgia, distribution center—which will be the company’s most modern facility to date when it opens in 2024. The distribution center will feature the next generation of goods-to-person picking, with a Geek+ PopPick System that pairs an upgraded moveable shelf carried by mobile robots with a dual-unit picking station.

“We are making substantial improvements in growing and optimizing our distribution network to ensure we can deliver what you need when you need it at the lowest possible cost,” Moore says.

Thanks to Industry Partners for Hosting

  • Networking receptions
  • Industry reports
  • Product displays
  • Educational sessions
  • Facility tours
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We are all working together to make sure that independent retailers are more successful. And you're not on an island—you have a lot of support from your association and channel partners. And so please make sure you're building those kinds of connections.

- Dan Tratensek