3-Day Buying Markets

 Minneapolis Convention Center


Spring/Summer Market – three day market

Spring/Summer Market Dates
January 4-6, 2013
January 10-12, 2014
January 9-11, 2015

Fall/Winter/Christmas – three day market

Fall/Winter/Christmas Market Dates
July 12-14, 2013
June 13-15, 2014
June 12-14, 2015


Minneapolis Convention Center, Mpls., MN


Over 800 manufactures represented
Staffed by factory personnel and manufacturers sales reps

Buying Function

Provides the retailer with many great opportunities: See new products and get great discounts from hundreds of vendors. Learn about United Hardware's Power Programs helping retailers carve a niche in their market.

  • Order seasonal needs
  • Order promotional product
  • Replenish regular stock items
  • Order new items
  • Order traffic building merchandise
  • Order pallet goods
  • Store of Opportunity

Gross Profit Opportunities

Store of Opportunity – 30% Plus Savings on Category Assortments

Cash Spiffs – Discounts Paid in Cash
Big Hit Specials – Extra Hot Market Specials
Market Only Specials– Many Sharply Reduced Items Available
Traffic Area - Ship Direct Floor and Countertop Merchandisers
Red Carpet Area - Clearance and Closeout Merchandise on Display


Most vendors offer delayed payments - dating varies by manufacturer.

Pallet Buys

Fast turn and commodity type product available by the pallet.
Schedule deliveries for specific weeks following the market.

Traffic Area Specials - Free standing counter and floor displays and clip strips.

New Item Areas

View new items added to warehouse inventory since last market located in each of the buyers' booths.

United Hardware Staff

Meet with United Hardware personnel:

  • Advertising
  • Retail Accounting
  • Credit
  • P.O.S. Computer
  • PDT Order Entry
  • Rental
  • Store Planning
  • Field Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Retail Operations
  • Transportation
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • Merchandisers
  • Sr. Management
  • Warehouse


We offer a comprehensive selection of seminars featuring keynote speakers at all Buying Markets.

POS User Groups

Participate in meetings supporting your P.O.S system. Learn about enhancements, express concerns and contribute suggestions.

Meet Other Dealers

Converse with other retail dealers – share ideas

Lodging & Food

Enjoy a selection of Downtown Hotels – Reduced rate for United Hardware Buying Market attendees - Complementary lunches, breakfasts & refreshments at the Convention Center


Attend a of selection social gatherings – dinner and entertainment – selections vary with each market

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