NORWALK, Conn. — After the National Hardware Show initially postponed its May event to September because of the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizers have announced it is now officially cancelled. In a statement released to attendees, they stated that they had been closely monitoring the impacts of the pandemic on the global hardware and home improvement community. The decision was made with the safety of all involved in mind. Instead of an in-person experience, NHS plans to host a virtual trade show dedicated to providing education and support that recognizes and addresses the direct and essential needs of the hardware industry later in the year.
When the initial May event was postponed, the organization prioritized developing its NHS Connects digital platform. NHS will now add a virtual trade show component to the platform, where attendees and exhibitors will be able to network and generate business until the show returns in 2021.
“Our entire team is dedicated to supporting all of our customers and partners,” says Rich Russo, Industry Vice President, National Hardware Show. “We are reimagining the entire physical trade show, so look forward to new initiatives, new pavilions and neighborhoods, and a complete transformation of NHS for 2021.”