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Rainer Strnad

DIY getting more expensive

Will the coronavirus crisis now be followed by a raw materials and logistics crisis? No - it isn't on its way, it is already here, at least in the European...View comment...

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Hornbach, Romania, Cluj-Napoca

Another giant for Romania

In Cluj-Napoca, the second largest city in the country, Hornbach has opened its eighth Romanian location. A number nine is already being planned

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Romania, Dedeman

The stores remained open

Home improvement retailers in Romania were allowed to continue their businesses in 2020 even during the first wave of Covid-19. So they increased View article...

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Poland, Fair Packaging, floor underlays

Guide book

The Polish supplier Fair Packaging presents a comprehensive customer decision support system during the purchase of floor underlays at Obi

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Obi, Russia

Lots of movement on the Russian market

The overall volume of the home improvement market in Russia might not have improved in the pandemic year of 2020, but several DIY store chains have View article...

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Hornbach, Romania, Oradea

GDP down, store numbers up

Covid-19 caused economic performance to significantly shrink all over Europe. But even in the pandemic year of 2020, the number of home improvement View article...

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Palmako, model Caroline

From tree to garden cabin

The Estonian manufacturer Palmako is specialised in wood in the garden. With its own forests and factories, the parent company Lemeks has the entire View article...

Distribution

Lets do it, new specialist tools store in Huma Eleven, Thomas Steinhart, Stephan Kalteis, Markus Dulle
Lets do it, Marks Dulle, 3e CEO
Lets do it, Cordless tools, complete concepts, automated garden
Lets do it,  Cordless tools, complete concepts, automated garden

Let’s do it

Tools from the shopping centre

The Austrian 3e AG is rolling out its modernised specialist store concept Let’s do it which consistently focuses on the omni-channel and, with that, also new customers. That’s expected to work in the capital now too – between fashion stores, leather goods and shoe shops View article...

Garden suppliers

Seilflechter, natural rope display

Seilflechter

The all-rounder among ropes

The desire for natural and environmentally-friendly products is increasing, Seilflechter is convinced. The company has developed a separate display for its natural rope assortment View article...

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Brico OK, new store
Brico OK, retail area
Brico OK, retail area
CFadda-Qui shop, Cagliari
CFadda-Qui shop, Cagliari
CFadda-Qui shop, Cagliari
The author, Giulia Arrigoni

Italy - Store network

DIY and gardening fever

Italy was the worst-hit country in Europe during the first coronavirus wave. Our Italian colleague Giulia Arrigoni reports on the impact of Covid-19 on the home improvement industry and store network View article...

Events

Consumer Goods Digital Day, transmission over Internet
Consumer Goods Digital Day, keynote speaker Sanjay Sauldie
Consumer Goods Digital Day, Julia Uherek and Philipp Ferger (r.) from Messe Frankfurt

Consumer Goods Digital Day

Consumers’ trends and retailer’s strategies

As trade fairs were not able to take place in this first half of the year 2020 either, Messe Frankfurt organised the Consumer Goods Digital Day. Participants from almost 100 countries tuned in View article...