Global DIY-Network: “Meet the CEO” Series – Veronica Valdez, CEO of Promart.

At 15:00 CEST on Wednesday the 21st of April John W. Herbert will continue the “Meet the CEO” series with an interview with Veronica Valdez, CEO of Promart. The interview can be live-streamed through the Global DIY-Network, with all other “Meet the CEO” interviews available to watch on demand.

Veronica Valdez was appointed CEO of Promart on March 1st 2020, and has experienced an incredible challenge taking on a new role under COVID circumstances, in which all Promart stores were ordered to close for almost 3 months in 2020.

From another point of view, the challenge has given her the opportunity to learn a lot in a very short period of time: transformation via innovation, efficiency, and most importantly, teamwork.

Promart belongs to Intercorp Retail, which is under the Intercorp umbrella – one of the largest and more diversified business groups in Peru. Veronica comes from a background in finance and began in Promart as CFO and two years later was appointed CFO of Supermercados Peruanos – the food store chain – three years later she returned to Promart as CEO. Before joining Promart she held different financial roles at Maestro (home improvement stores) and Cencosud (grocery stores).

Global DIY-Network: Next in the “Meet the CEO” Series – Mattias Ankarberg.

On Wednesday the 31st of March at Midday CEST John W. Herbert will continue the “Meet the CEO” series with an interview with Mattias Ankarberg, CEO of Byggmax.

Byggmax offers straightforward and excellent value construction materials and do-it-yourself products of high quality at the best price. No matter customers’ budget or previous experiences, Byggmax provide their customers with the know-how and the confidence to fulfil their construction dreams.

With over 170 physical locations in Sweden, Norway and Finland, as well as a popular online store, Byggmax is one of the foremost retail chains for construction and do-it-yourself products in the Nordics. The group’s annual revenue 2020 was SEK 6.8 billion and the corporate group is listed on Nasdaq.

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Global DIY Network: “Meet the CEO” with Carl Otto Løvenskiold, CEO of Løvenskiold-Vækerø AS.

On Wednesday 27th of January John W. Herbert, General Secretary of EDRA/GHIN, will kick-start the “Meet the CEO” series for 2021 with an interview with Carl Otto Løvenskiold, CEO of Løvenskiold-Vækerø AS.

Løvenskiold-Vækerø is a modern company with a long history, being established in 1649. The company is a leading player within commerce, real estate, forestry and agriculture, and constantly aims to take an active part in the further development of these industries in Norway.

The core values of Løvenskiold-Vækerø AS form the basis of their culture, shaping all of their actions. These core values are:

  1. Customer Focus
  2. Innovation
  3. Energy
  4. Long-Term View
MAXBO is the flagship of Løvenskiold Handel, Løvenskiold-Vækerø’s daughter company. The MAXBO chain originates from the traditional retail store for building material at Vækerø. The MAXBO concept consists of MAXBO, MAXBO Stormarked and MAXBO Proff.

The interview will take place through the The Global DIY-Network the global platform which brings together retailers, manufacturers, online players, consultants, journalists & professors, among other stakeholders from the home improvement industry.

Global DIY-Network: Dr. Ira Kalish – Global Economic Overview 2020

On Tuesday the 10th of November Dr. Ira Kalish, Chief Global Economist at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, presented a Global Economic Overview on the Global DIY-Network.

Dr. Kalish’s presentation highlighted the economic outlook in the Covid-19 era and post Covid-19, with a particular focus on the US-China relationship, the effects of lockdowns on economies, monetary policy and European response to Covid-19.

In regard to the post Covid-19 era Dr Kalish suggested that working from home will remain in the longer term, with many Business leaders anecdotally stating this, resulting in less demand for energy as well as fewer office buildings, and potentially an urban to rural migration. Further to this virtual meetings are likely to become commonplace, as well as companies looking to diversify their supply chains.

The interview can be re-watched in its entirety through the Global DIY-Network.

Global DIY-Network: Interview with Werner de Jager, Group CEO of Cashbuild.

On Wednesday the 4th of November John W. Herbert interviewed Werner de Jager, Group CEO of Cashbuild.
The interview was the second in the “Meet the CEO” series on the Global DIY-Network, following the interview with Sergio Giroldi on the 21st of October.

Cashbuild operates in 7 countries in Southern Africa with a network of 318 stores trading through 2 different brands – Cashbuild and P&L Hardware.

As in other countries, the coronavirus pandemic had a positive effect on DIY store sales following the lockdown in South Africa. Cashbuild has seen a sales increase of  about12 per cent in May compared with May 2019, 13 per cent in June and 22 per cent in the third quarter. Online sales had also grown exponentially by 300 per cent, and Cashbuild are continuing to work hard to expand its e-commerce engagement, primarily targeting mobile commerce.

According to Mr de Jager, the reason for the growth is that “People have re-established and regained the value of their home and their property”. The Cashbuild CEO assumes that this situation will remain like this following the current boom in new building activities.

The next in the series of the “Meet the CEO” interviews will be held on the 2nd of December with Declan Ronayne, CEO of Woodie’s, part of the Grafton Group and one of the largest Home Improvement Retailers in Ireland.

Global DIY-Network: Interview with Sergio Giroldi, Group CEO of OBI and EDRA/GHIN President.

On Wednesday the 21st of October John W. Herbert interviewed Sergio Giroldi, Group CEO of OBI and EDRA/GHIN President.
The interview was the first in the “Meet the CEO” series on the Global DIY-Network.

Two topics dominated the discussion: the coronavirus crisis and digitalisation.

OBI are continuing to evolve their digital offer, responding to the digitalisation of society. However, Mr Giroldi pointed out that Brick & Mortar physical stores will continue to play a principal role in the home improvement retailing landscape. Mr Giroldi repeatedly emphasized that the customer’s want and need interaction with real people that can be best provided in the physical store.

In response to questions regarding coronavirus, Mr Giroldi spoke of the significantly increased sales of nearly all DIY retailers. Particularly, the Click & Collect offer for customers has proven to be an increasingly used channel. OBI are also considering offering collection of goods purchased online at a number of new “collection points”.

Sergio Giroldi also discussed the newest OBI concept stores and inner city touch points, creating increased awareness of the brand in city centres. Through the Global DIY-Network viewers have the opportunity to re-watch the interview in its entirety, virtually visit the newest OBI Future store in Marsdorf as well as their Create by OBI! store and learn about the concepts behind them.

A day before the interview Mr Giroldi was diagnosed with Corona-Virus and so the interview was conducted from his home. The whole EDRA/GHIN Team wish our President a speedy recovery.

World: 8th Global DIY-Summit to be held from the 9 – 11 June 2021 in Copenhagen

For the past few months, the DIY Summit team have been closely monitoring the Global Covid-19 situation and assessing the best possible circumstances in which to hold the Global DIY Summit.

While EU Authorities implement and require the highest levels of medical measures and hygiene protocols for travel, the team feel that the delivery of the world-class international event will inevitably be impacted by such travel restrictions if it were to be held this year.

With this in mind, and following close consultation with event partners, key stakeholders and hosts, the decision to postpone the 8th Global DIY Summit by one year has been taken. The new dates for the 8th Global DIY Summit are 9 to 11 June 2021 and this event will be held at Bella Centre Copenhagen.

In order to continue offering this important and anticipated event for our industry, all tickets and sponsorships for the Global DIY Summit 2020 will automatically be valid for the rescheduled event. The ticket also includes access to a brand new online networking platform which will be launched this year in early October. This online service will allow all delegates and partners to attend online seminars, masterclasses, download studies, contact and schedule 1:1 video calls with other attendees, among other benefits.

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World: Only 11 days left for Global DIY Summit Early Bird!

The 8th Global DIY Summit is taking place in RAI Amsterdam, NL on the 10-12 June 2020. The event expects to receive over 1,100 delegates from 50 countries to attend the Summit. Where 100+ participants are industry consultants, 550+ are suppliers and manufacturers and 350+ are retailers. The New Normal: Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World is the motto of the 8th Global DIY Summit 2020. There are only eleven days left to benefit from the Early Bird Rate so save your place now and join the top leaders from our industry!

World: Register now for Global DIY Summit Store Tour

As every year, delegates attending the Global DIY Summit are offered extra networking activities. This year these include workshops on Salesforce, Digital and amazon as well as a Store Tour on the 10 June 2020. Through visiting the most exciting and modern retailing concepts, as well as traditional big box retailers, participants will gain perspective of the retailing landscape in the Netherlands. These additional activities can be booked at the same time as registration for the Summit. The congress, taking place on 10-12 June in Amsterdam, brings together 1100 top managers from 50 countries worldwide. Save your place now and join the top leaders from our industry!

 

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World: Personalisation – LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR DATA!

Personalisation has been a top priority for marketers for some time, but despite this fact, a large percentage seem to be struggling to implement the strategy in an intelligent and scalable way. Recent studies suggest that many brands are still relying on basic forms of personalisation and failing to engage increasingly demanding consumers as a result. So, why should marketers strive to go beyond the basics? Personalisation is a key part of customer experience, with intelligent use of data allowing marketers to create relevant and unique experiences that hold attention for longer and generate loyalty in the long-run. Register now for the 8th Global DIY Summit taking place on 10-12 June 2020 in Amsterdam and learn more about this hot topic and network with the many Senior Executive Managers who have already registered!

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