Dan Weiland, Menards, HVAC and Seasonal Buyer

The July 23 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® features the 19th annual Impact Merchants special report. Housewares suppliers, representing the categories that HomeWorld covers, once again were asked to nominate buyers and merchandisers believed to have made a significant impact during the past year.

The selection of the 19 Impact Merchant winners is not intended as a definitive list of the best merchants in housewares retailing. Votes went to several more merchandisers than those featured. This year’s honorees represent buyers in given categories that received the majority of votes by vendors polled.

Voters were asked to give added weight to merchandising creativity, trend and marketing astuteness, attention to detail, openness to risk, flexibility, relationship building and the ability to deliver a profitable program for both the vendors and retailer while providing value to consumers. One thing this year’s Impact Merchants share is a vote of respect by their vendors. In today’s unpredictable retail environment, that vote really counts.

Dan Weiland, Menards, HVAC and Seasonal Buyer

Menards, leveraging its do-it-yourself home improvement resources, has made its dedication to housewares evident over the years, merchandising seasonal and year-round displays within housewares categories such as home environment. Across its multiple assortments, shoppers can find national brands, unbranded and private label products in stores.

Within the home environment category, the retailer stocks heaters, fans, air conditioners, air purifiers and dehumidifiers both in-store and online. Unpredictable forces such as changing weather patterns and consumer shopping preferences, however, often dictate the success of the home environment category. Vendors noted that it’s up to savvy and nimble retail buyers to weather the storm and predict successful assortments for the coming year.

Dan Weiland has been hailed by vendors within the home environment category as one of those buyers, bringing success and growth to the category at Menards. Weiland holds the position of HVAC and seasonal buyer at Menards. It is this dedication that has led Weiland to be recognized as a HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®2018 Impact Merchant.

Vendors noted that within a housewares category that is not “one size fits all,” it is imperative for home environment buyers to be diligent in their research.

“He is an advocate for his customer and will do his best to find the right products for them,” one vendor noted.

In addition, vendors said asking tough questions that yield the necessary information is a key benefit of working with Weiland, and allows him to find the best products so his customers benefit.

2018 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchants (click on name for profile):