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  • The manufacturers participating in the “Well Made Here” program were well represented during the partner banners’ fall buying shows

    More than forty manufacturers exhibited accredited “Well Made Here” products at one and / or the other of the buying shows put on by two of the program’s partner banners. Specifically, the RONA and ACE show this October in Montreal and the BMR Group event which took place this November in Quebec.

    RONA and Ace buying show

    The RONA and Ace “Partner in Your Success” buying show hosted nearly 300 RONA and Ace owner retailers at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal.

    In addition to the various product and service exhibitor stands, we’d like to highlight the presence of two of the Lowe’s Canada network’s philanthropic partners. Operation Enfant Soleil and the Charles-Bruneau Foundation, the two organizations supported by Lowe’s Canada as part of its two fundraising campaigns, were given space at the entrance of the exhibition hall to meet merchants and encourage them to support the 2020 campaigns. The meeting also provided an opportunity, on Wednesday, to attend conferences, participate in workshops and meet various partners and stakeholders.

    The event also leant itself to celebrating the 80th anniversary of the RONA brand with the affiliates at a gala where merchants who have distinguished themselves during the year received awards.

    BMR Group Buying Show

    The 2019 BMR Group Buying Show, which was conducted under a theme of “Tight Connections”, took place with an estimated participation of 2000 participants.

    The theme referred to the balance or duality of connection, both human and digital, that represents the challenge facing the retail trade. In addition to the announcement of a new free service for retailers (Imagine program), the BMR Group presented a multitude of planograms highlighting several new products, including a line of zero waste products, Amazon’s Alexa products, Firman brand generators, and a completely new trendy lighting program.

    The event ended with the traditional gala where the prizes were awarded to retailers who have distinguished themselves in the past year.

    Home Hardware Fall Market

    For a recap of the Home Hardware Fall Market, please read this article, which was published in a prior edition of the newsletter.

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