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Rainer Strnad

Do you remember?

Do you remember? There was a time ­once when we didn't talk about seven-day incidence rates, infection rates, mandatory mask-wearing and the matter of...View comment...

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Kesko buliding and home improvement trade, Source: Kesko annual report

Finns in a DIY boom

The Finnish building and home improvement trade segment grew by 4.8 per cent in 2020. Best performing category was lawn and garden achieving a plus View article...

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Inhabitants per store

Preferring to stay amongst themselves

The home improvement industry in the five Nordic countries Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland are strongly interconnected with each other View article...

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Välinge, 5G fold down technology

Know-how for the entire value chain

When it comes to locking systems for parquet, laminate and resilient flooring, major global flooring brand manufacturers count on Välinge View article...

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Byggmax, Sweden

"We are still a hard discounter"

The Swedish Byggmax Group is committed to the discount principle also with its new concept 3.0, which is based on the idea of the specialist store: View article...

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Home improvement chains in Latin America

Expansive trading group

The Latin American market leader Sodimac from the trade company Falabella and the Cencosud Group are shaping Latin America’s home improvement View article...

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Sodimac, Latin America

An opportunity to think about the future

Due to the pandemic, the home has acquired new importance, a trend that will continue, expects the management at Sodimac, the home improvement market View article...

Distribution

In-store vs online shopping, Source: DemandTec/Navigating Current and Future Headwinds
The author: Niranjan Chandrasekaran, DemandTec

DemandTec

A pricing reboot

Niranjan Chandrasekaran from DemandTec explains how machine learning science can recharge retailers’ pricing View article...

Suppliers

Bosch and Gardena, All Alliance, battery platform

Bosch and Gardena

Another battery alliance

Instigated by Bosch and Gardena, another cross-vendor battery system, the Power for All Alliance, has appeared on the scene. It has been deemed a good move by the competition View article...

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Italy, traditional hardware stores
Italy, DIY and hardware market
Italy, promixity
The author: Marco Ugliano, Editor-in-chief of Ferramenta & Casalinghi and MondoPratico.it, Milan

Italy - Traditional hardware stores

Hardware stores, a public service

In Italy, where traditional distribution represents 65 to 70 per cent of the hardware and DIY market, the lockdown has helped to confirm the fundamental role of the hardware stores, defined by the Government as a "public service". That could give the entire traditional sector a boost View article...

Events

From left, Barry Tsai from Shen Kai Precision, Simon Wang, Kevin Wang
Frank Lee, Sheh Fung
Eva Hsieh, King Slide brand

Taitra

Taiwan at its best

The Taiwanese trade promotion organisation Taitra offered domestic companies the opportunity of presenting themselves and their products in several web formats. Four speakers from the industry were invited to the Building Material and Fastener Webinar & Online Business Matching Event View article...