“For the last fifteen years, AHMA’s Hardlines Technology Forum® has been the premier technology conference for the hardware/home improvement industry,” said Timothy S. Farrell, AHMA’s president and chief executive officer. “But, over the past several years, industry lines have blurred as manufacturers, distributors, and retailers alike have crossed into new product channels to expand their market share. With such diversity comes additional complexity to manage and support multiple customer requirements. The strength of HTF is its ability to bring together all of the players from the various product categories and channels to determine the best practices and standards on a unified platform to successfully respond to the demands of today’s supply chain."
To date, eleven leading organizations are lending their support to HTF, including the International Housewares Association (IHA), the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI), the Home Center Institute (HCI), and the Industrial Supply Association (ISA).
As the only technology conference that promotes and encourages collaboration and participation to resolve industry issues, HTF provides a unique opportunity that is unparalleled in any industry. Buyers and Sellers openly and actively address technology challenges and the impact they have on their businesses.
The acclaimed Buyer/Seller Forums, Retail Panel, and case studies literally close the communication gaps between both sides of the supply chain to foster the high standards required to effectively implement electronic commerce.
About the Hardlines Technology Forum
The 2007 AHMA Hardlines Technology Forum will be held April 22 – 25, 2007 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida. The 2007 conference will offer a signature keynote address; more than 50 breakout sessions on topics such as supply chain management, data synchronization, bar coding, RFID, data standards, and CPFR; an interactive buyer-seller forum; Retail Panel; tabletop exhibits; and networking opportunities.
About the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA)
The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) is a globally focused trade association of manufacturers, or providers, of hardware, home improvement, lawn and garden, paint and decorating and related products, as well as manufacturers’ representative’s agencies and trade publications. In addition to AHMA’s Hardlines Technology Forum®, AHMA offers many other valuable member and industry programs, services and activities including the AHMA Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), AHMA Strategic Sourcing, AHMA Low Cost Country Sourcing and related supply chain / strategic sourcing training programs, AHMA Manufacturers Showcases, AHMA University, AHMA Executive Conference and Annual Membership Meeting held in conjunction with International Hardware Week, AHMA / USA International Pavilions, Government Relations Programs, Member Benefit Vendor Programs, Member Cost Reduction Programs, AHMA Hardware Industry Relief Effort (HIRE), AHMA / Habitat for Humanity Partnership.
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