December 16, 2002

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Holiday schedule:
Please note that the next issue of Hardlines will come out January 6, 2003. But don't worry - the World Headquarters remains open until December 23, so feel free to call us anytime. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. See you on January 6, 2003. Until then, keep warm! - Nancy, Beverly and Michael
Hardlines Breakfast update:
We're getting ready for our Annual Hardlines Breakfast bash, which kicks off CHS. In 2003, we're going to do it in conjunction with Hardware Merchandising, to present the first ever Industry Awards Breakfast on February 2, 2003. Don't miss this amazing event. We'll honour the outstanding retailers and newsmakers from 2002 - and brighten up your morning in the bargain!
Hardlines Conference update:

Mark your calendars now for the Hardlines Conference Series, September 3-4, 2003. September 3 features our International Business Seminar and Retail Strategies Symposium. September 4 is our BIG BIG Hardlines Marketing Conference. Don't miss these incredible industry events!

Conference alert:
The American Hardware Manufacturers Association will host its 13th annual Executive Conference for the Home Improvement Industry January 19-21, 2003 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ. This conference is marketed to executives in the hardware/home improvement industry and features a great lineup of industry speakers to inform the attendees of how to meet the challenges that are facing them in the industry today. Full conference details at Also note: the AHMA's Hardlines Technology Forum is scheduled for April 27-30, 2003 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.
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