By Lisa Johnston
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Louisville, Ky. – Mega Group USA, the buying group for independent majap, bedding, furniture and CE dealers, has concluded “a very successful” national fall convention here, president Rick Bellows reported.
The show, held Sept. 6-9 at the Marriott Downtown and Louisville Convention Center, drew record attendance and yielded record orders, Bellows said.
Highlights included a tour of GE Appliance’s nearby dishwasher, refrigeration and laundry plants by 150 members, and keynote addresses by author and sales consultant Don Hutson on “The High Performance Selling Edge” and economist Dr. Stephen Happel, who’s two-year financial forecast received a standing ovation.
Member dealers also participated in product trainings, industry reviews and best practices discussions, Bellows noted.
In addition, Mega introduced at the convention a redesigned merchandising tool called RetailDeck that helps dealers efficiently merchandise, price, tag and sell their sales floors. Among its features, the web-based program:
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