4 PRODUCT DISCOVERY Learn about the life cycle of a new product, from discovery, to stocking an item to deciding whether to keep it or move on. These tips can help as you source the latest and greatest products. 8 LAWN & GARDEN As consumers continue to spend more time outside, products fit for entertaining in outdoor spaces are key. This section highlights new and unique innovations in the category. 26 PAINT & SUNDRIES Are you looking to attract more customers to your paint and sundries department? Then you may want to create a store within a store. 38 HOUSEWARES & CONSUMABLES Gain insights into the latest trends in housewares and use the tips in this section to merchandise items and attract attention from customers. 46 HARDWARE & BUILDING MATERIALS Home improvement projects, whether a ground-up build or a remodel, are featuring more eco-friendly materials. 59 PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL This section looks at the latest trends in both plumbing and electrical products. One trend that continues to grow in the kitchen and bath are high-tech items. 64 INQUIRY CARD Do you see something you want to learn more about? Send in this Inquiry Card for more information. 8 Published by AJS Communications. 1404 Afton Circle, Barrington, IL 60010 For advertising information, contact: Tony Sarantakis P. 847-934-9515 F. 847-934-2494 E. tonytakis@aol.com or Chris Miller P. 630-234-3272 F. 847-934-2494 E. cmiller7288@gmail.com As you gear up for the Ace Hardware Fall Convention & Exhibits, the Orgill Inc. Fall Dealer Market, the True Value Fall Reunion or the Do it Best Fall Market, be sure to have this magazine on hand as your guide. In this issue of Cutting Edge Products, you will see a wide variety of unique, new products that will help you enhance your retail offerings. Plus, learn about the latest trends and how to showcase them. Cutting Edge Products is also bringing back an E-Reader Service Program, making requesting information easy. Go to the Inquiry Card on Page 64, check off the items of interest and use one of the methods on the card to start receiving information. Circle the corresponding inquiry number of the ad or products you would like information about and send it in via fax, email or online. Tony Sarantakis Publisher Cutting Edge Products Magazine DEAR READERS, PRODUCTS ™ CUTTINGEDGE CONTENTS ORGILL FALL DEALER MARKET Aug. 24-26, 2017 Boston DO IT BEST FALL MARKET Oct. 13-16, 2017 Indianapolis ACE HARDWARE FALL CONVENTION & EXHIBITS Aug. 17-19, 2017 Chicago TRUE VALUE FALL REUNION Sept. 25-27, 2017 Chicago Fall 2017 CUTTINGEDGE Products 1 38 59 1_TOC-Editors Note_Fall17.indd 1 7/19/17 9:20 AM