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Rainer Strnad

Talk to one another!

"Brands - and I'm talking of suppliers brands - will play an increasingly important role in the future." "In ten years at the latest, we...View comment...
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Hardware and tools - Taiwan

Strong export nation

The Taiwanese hand tools industry placed emphasis on quality at the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, with the winners of the Taiwan Excellence Award... View article...
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Obi

Good and bad companies

Customer, customer, customer: that’s how Obi’s current business strategy could be summarised. Sergio Giroldi demands that not only his company, but... View article...

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Spanish regions: DIY store density

The Spanish regions

At the end of 2017 there were 317 DIY stores in Spain. The figures of DIY International's latest regional report Spain available for download View article...

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Sales of home improvement, Spain

The popularisation of do-it-yourself

Euromonitor International analyses the Spanish home improvement market for DIY International. One thing is clear: growth will continue into the next View article...

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Spain, general economic data

What the figures tell us

The Spanish regions, the so-called ciudades autónomas, provide a pretty patchy picture of the country as a whole. This is also true of the presence View article...

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Sheri Raznick, Revionics

Using floor space efficiently

Planning of the sales area and price management are two of the most important disciplines in retailing. How good are the Americans at these? DIY View article...

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Donald Trump, influence on home improvement industry

The Trumponomics and the home centres

What effect has US President Donald Trump’s politics had on business for home improvement stores in the USA? Either way – the industry’s prospects View article...

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Competition, supermarkets

A growing threat

Competition is nothing new for hardware and home centre retailers. But in today’s marketplace, there is more of it and from even more types of View article...

Distribution

Sergio Girold, Obi
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Obi Germany, development retail space profitability

Obi

Good and bad companies

Customer, customer, customer: that’s how Obi’s current business strategy could be summarised. Sergio Giroldi demands that not only his company, but also the industry as a whole, take a radical rethink because of the competition from Internet portals View article...

Garden suppliers

Thorsten Schwenecke, Char-Broil
Char-Broil, Bilka POSs
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Char-­Broil

Nordic focus country

Thorsten Schwenecke, Brand Marketing Manager Europe at Char-­Broil, explains why Denmark is so important for the grill provider View article...

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Italy - Do-It-For-Me

DIY and DIFM hand in hand

The Italians are not particularly keen Do-It-Yourselfers, as determined by the market research company Euromonitor International. However, the Do-It-For-Me-Trend will propel the home improvement market forward View article...

Events

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International Hardware Fair

The fair is digitalised

The International Hardware Fair is almost fully booked. But Amazon and Co. are characterising events at the Cologne trade fair more and more View article...