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Rainer Strnad

Goodbye, hello

I have been commenting here on events in the international home improvement industry for the last eleven years. My predecessors had been doing this since...View comment...

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Market leader, Canadian Tire, around 500 stores

Double digit growth rates

During the pandemic, home improvement stores were also more in demand than ever before in Canada. Despite the number of stores declining, sales rose View article...

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Home Depot, global market leader since 1988

Empathy with their stores, people and customers

Jim Inglis, who worked for decades on Home Depot’s senior management team and is now a sought-after consultant to home improvement chains worldwide, View article...

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Robert Moschorak, franchisee of Ace Handyman Services

Peace of mind at an hourly rate

The Ace Hardware cooperative is recording rapid rates of growth with its Handyman Services business in the USA. One of the franchisees is a former View article...

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Hardware stores in the U.S.: retail sales. Source: United States Census Bureau, Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services

Covid brought the next boost

The home improvement market in the USA experienced tremendous growth during the pandemic. Compared to 2019, hardware stores made an average of 20 per View article...

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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...

Garden distribution

Garden Trends Report, Garden centres
Garden Trends Report, Scheurich
Garden Trends Report, African violet 
Garden Trends Report, Houseplants. Photo: GMH/PRE
Garden Trends Report, Bouquets 
Garden Trends Report, local marketing

Garden Trends Report

The new gardeners are emerging

The pandemic has brought new customers to the garden sector, according to the latest Garden Trends Report. This youthful target group seeks entry-level products, complete solutions and quality and is following a retro trend in the plant world View article...

Suppliers

Jayne Seagrave, novel
Jayne Seagrave, marketing director 
Jayne Seagrave, From The Mind To The Marketplace

USA/Canada - Jayne Seagrave

Fact and fiction

From caulking tools to Covid and chick lit: the pandemic has created a number of challenges across the industry. But it has also created opportunities – and in one instance spawned the publication of a novel View article...

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Byggmax, Sweden
Byggmax, garden assortments
Bygmaxx, around 4 000 SKUs
Mattias Ankarberg, CEO of the Byggmax

Nordics - Byggmax Group

"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: small sales areas, few staff, strict cost control, plus close links with e-commerce. This will also be the case in Denmark View article...

Events

Taiwan Hardware Show 2020

Taiwan Hardware Show

Plans for a virtual and physical event

The Taiwan Hardware Show was the only hardware event staged worldwide in 2020. This year’s edition is set to run from 13 to 15 October in Taichung and once again on the Internet, organiser Kaigo announces View article...