INDIANAPOLIS – During its spring market in Indianapolis, Do it Best member-owners took in opportunities to increase profitability and strengthening their businesses in 2020 and beyond. The semi-annual market, held Feb. 7-10 at the Indiana Convention Center, introduced member-owners to new products, exclusive vendor programs, knowledge-sharing seminars, customizable programs, and networking events.
The spring market kicked off with Knowledge Central, a series of free educational sessions held throughout the weekend covering topics on sales and profitability, operational excellence, team building, personal development, and tools to grow the bottom line. The knowledge building continued with Construction Instruction, an in-depth seminar on new home construction, along with the LBM Industry Update, where dealers heard about coming trends, challenges, and opportunities in the lumber and building materials industry in a panel-style presentation.
Core Solutions, a comprehensive display of assortments in the hand and power tool departments, highlighted the show floor. The display featured a home-center layout in which members were able to order tailored planogram layouts for hardware stores, home centers, and lumberyards seeking to drive sales and repeat business in the hand and power tool category.
“Our spring market is filled with opportunities to help our member-owners drive profitability today and grow their businesses into the future,” said Dan Starr, president and CEO. “They’re able to gain insights on retailing trends, discover innovative new products, challenge their thinking, and share best practices with their peers. And after the market weekend, they can head home recharged with a list of immediately actionable items to make their team better and increase their bottom line.”
During Friday afternoon’s Market Kickoff event, Starr took the stage to share a midyear performance update and highlight the strategic investments being made to fuel member profitability and long-term growth. He was followed by world-renowned drummer Mark Schulman, who who blended his high-energy persona with strategic business expertise.
Following the Market Kickoff, the 90-minute Sneak Peek offered attendees a fast-paced buying opportunity. The Sneak Peek featured hand-selected vendors with deals on high margin, in-demand items that members could use for special events, promotions, and Black Friday sales. The LBM Reception concluded the evening.
On Saturday morning, member-owners streamed into the Merchandising Preview to hear directly from Do it Best merchandise managers as they shared their industry expertise, updates on the latest trends, new products, and niche categories. LBM Super Saturday Specials continued the savings opportunities from key lumber mills and building material suppliers. The evening concluded with the Spring into Spring party, a networking event.