Plenty to celebrate at this year’s fall convention

Ace retailers celebrated winning a 10th consecutive J.D. Power & Associates customer service award.

There was plenty to celebrate as the 2016 Ace Fall Convention kicked off in Chicago, including Ace’s 10th consecutive J.D. Power and Associates customer service award! The Windy City Welcome party offered plenty of world-famous Chicago food and fun, while the Ace Foundation celebrated 25 years of giving back to CMN Hospitals.

The convention was a resounding success for a record number of retailers, including nearly 70 new vendors in the New Vendor Market area. More than 1,300 exhibitors displayed their latest and greatest products and offerings, including Power Buys, hundreds of New Arrivals and other special deals available only at the show.

After attending training sessions in the new Retail Training Theater and checking out show-only deals and hot new products, there were plenty of other must-see show highlights, including:

Spotlight on Ace’s Best Brands
All the Best Brands were on display in Chicago. Ace retailers who have harnessed the power of Stihl, Craftsman, Toro, Traeger, Weber, Big Green Egg and Yeti Coolers have seen significantly larger sales growth compared to retailers who haven’t.

Light Bulb Evolution
Ace showcased the next evolution in our light bulb assortment and launched the Light Bulb Evolution at the fall show in Chicago. Retailers also spent time learning about LED for Business, the program that provides a solution for retailers wishing to convert to LED lighting in their stores.


Retailers enjoyed on-the-floor training sessions at the new Retail Training Theater.

Popular new Retail Training Theater
Based on retailer feedback, the Retail Training Theater launched at the Fall Convention, providing retailers convenient and accessible training — right on the show floor! Attendees could stop by throughout the show to learn more about key categories, such as: Amy Howard, Lawn & Garden Primo Brands, Lawn Care, B2B and more.

Outdoor Living and Lawn and Garden
Outdoor Living set the bar high with its new 2017 program. Outdoor Living is one of the fastest-growing departments, seeing double-digit increases each year.

Thank you for joining us in Chicago for the 2016 Fall show. Please share your thoughts and experiences in the 2016 Fall Convention Survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey closes Sept. 2. 

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Ace Spring Convention March 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia!

August 31, 2016