UK and Ireland: B&Q Launches New ‘Build a Life’ Campaign.

B&Q has recently unveiled its new brand campaign, ‘Build a Life’, that celebrates the belief that anyone can change their home to make life better.

You can watch the new campaign here

B&Q believes that anyone can improve their home to make life better.  Our homes are where life happens – a place we grow-up, learn, and live our lives.  Home has never been so important and a recent survey by B&Q found that lockdown has changed British attitudes towards our homes for good, with 57 percent agreeing our homes are more significant in improving our lives than ever.

This new campaign highlights that there’s so much more to everyday DIY. The strategic thinking from Uncommon, appointed by the brand last year, celebrates life in the home and the power of home improvement to change lives. Originally inspired by the amazing things people do to improve their homes to make their life better – something made even more significant by lockdown – the campaign taps into the fundamental truths about our homes and reflects the role B&Q has played in transforming the UK’s homes for the past 50 years.

Chris Graham, Marketing Director, B&Q said: “At B&Q we’ve been making, growing and selling the tools, materials and know-how to improve homes for over 50 years. To us, these things are more than bricks and mortar.”

Trade Fairs: Horticultural Industry is Committed to IPM Essen.

“For the majority of the exhibitors, participation in IPM ESSEN as an indispensable communication and sales platform is a matter of course. We are currently experiencing not only in Essen that large fairs with international participation can once again be held successfully. The be-all and end-all is a functioning hygiene concept, and we have proven that”, says Oliver P. Kuhrt, Managing Director of Messe Essen.

“A fair is not a concert or a soccer match. The distances between the participants is greater, and they are also much more widely spread over time. That’s why we are expecting regional shifts due to travel restrictions, but assume that not much will change in the overall picture”, adds Sabina Großkreuz, Head of Marketing at Messe Essen.

Effective hygiene protection is not only lived practice in the event organization, but also one of the focal points of the IPM ESSEN 2021: “The IPM Discovery Center, in which we present innovative concepts for the point of sale every year, is dedicated to the topic of safe garden centers in 2021”, explains creative director Romeo Sommers. “From shop-fitting to visitor guidance and product presentation, we will be showing solutions for active infection protection, which today is a prerequisite for successfully addressing customers.”

IPM ESSEN is the world’s leading horticultural trade fair revolving around solutions and innovations in the green sector.

 

UK: Screwfix to open 40 new stores this year, creating around 400 jobs

Screwfix, the multichannel retailer, is to open 40 stores this year, creating around 400 new jobs in local communities. The new openings demonstrate continued growth of the business and a growing demand for convenience, despite the challenges of Covid-19.

30 new stores in the UK will create up to 300 jobs in areas such as retail management, service assistants and supervisor roles, by the end of January 2021. More than 10 stores are planned in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), which will create up to 160 jobs over the same period.

As an essential retailer, Screwfix adapted its proposition in order to remain open during the lockdown to allow its customers to safely access the products they need.

The rapid growth of Screwfix has seen the trade retailer open at least 50 stores a year for the past decade, making it one of the fastest growing retailers in the UK. It now has more than 680 stores, with a long-term target of 800 in the UK. Screwfix currently has five stores in the ROI, which opened in early 2020. The business hopes to open up to 40 stores in the ROI over the coming years, creating around 400 jobs in total.

 

World: International Tributes Pour in for Ernest Wertheim.

It is with much sadness that we must report the death of Ernest Wertheim, who passed away in California on August the 4th 2020. Ernest was 100 years old.

Ernest was probably the most well known global consultant in the garden centre sector, having planned leading and innovative garden centres in the USA and Europe since the 1960s.

As a landscape architect in the fifties Ernest designed his first retail plant nursery for Jack Schneider.  The term garden centre didn’t exist before Orchard Nursery was designed and developed. In 1958 Ernest influenced the whole industry by predicting that plants would sell better and last longer if they were sold in containers rather than bare root or rootballed.

John Herbert, EDRA/GHIN General Secretary said: “Ernest was a truly remarkable person and when you read his book “Chasing Spring” it is simply amazing to see how positive he was considering the destruction of his family by the Nazi’s.

I remember asking Ernest if he still felt he was German. He looked at me, paused and said… “but John, I am an American!”  Ernest was an inspiration to all whom he came in contact with. Even at 98 years of age Ernest talked about the what we do for the future!”

USA: Announcing the 2020 National Hardware Virtual Show.

The National Hardware Show team is excited to announce that they’re launching the 2020 National Hardware Virtual Show to take place from October 12-15, 2020.

Capitalizing on the technological opportunities of NHS Connects, they are now going to enable visitors to connect virtually for 4 full days. The 2020 National Hardware Virtual Show will be offer industry education, direct appointment setting and connections and a virtual product showcase to feature products.

Contact us at info@edra-ghin.org to not miss out on your chance to enjoy this virtual exhibit experience.

www.nationalhardwareshow.com

South Africa: Cashbuild Accquire The Building Company.

EDRA/GHIN Member, Cashbuild, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the issued share capital of The Building Company Proprietary Limited (TBC).

TBC is a leading Southern African building materials retail and wholesale business, providing a full spectrum of services through its portfolio of 13 well-known brands across its three divisions. TBC has an established presence across the coastal regions of South Africa, comprising 160 TBC outlets and 21 franchise stores

In the prior financial year ending 30 September 2019, TBC achieved revenue of c.R8.2 billion across the retail, wholesale and specialised divisions. In the twelve month period ended 31 March 2020, TBC achieved revenue of c.R8.0 billion.

Cashbuild’s management identified geographic expansion and incremental access to additional segments of the market as key areas for potential growth. An acquisition of TBC allows Cashbuild an opportunity to drive these growth initiatives while still maintaining its commitment to its customers in the South African and neighbouring markets.

USA: The Home Depot Announces Renewable Energy Goal

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced companywide sustainability progress in its 2020 Responsibility Report, which outlines the company’s 2019 progress on its corporate responsibility strategic pillars: focus on people, operate sustainably and strengthen communities. The report also introduces several new goals and provides an update on the company’s recent response to COVID-19 and social equality issues.

As part of its existing pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2035, The Home Depot reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in 2019, driven primarily by energy reductions and supply chain efficiencies.

New goals include a commitment to produce and procure energy from 335 megawatts of renewable and alternative energy projects by 2025.

Read the full report here: The Home Depot 2020 Responsibility Report

Japan: Cainz Open a New Type of Membership-Only Pro-Store

This August Cainz will open its first pro-concept store, “C’z PRO”, in Yokohama, Japan. This will be its entry into the membership-based wholesale business for construction professionals. Since July the company has started recruiting members on their C’z PRO website.

The C’z PRO store will offer wide range of building materials and tools as well as a variety of services. The store will have a “Creative Space” for members only, providing rental tools, copy services, a library of catalogues and building material samples. Members will also be able to use this space as a meeting spot for information-sharing with each other, including free drinks.

Cainz have also developed a unique ordering service for their “C’z GO!” stores. An online application enables members to search and purchase all products offered in the store in real time. There are also three options for picking up the items: pick up at the store during business hours, pick up from a pick-up locker outside the store at any time, or have the goods delivered directly to the site.

 

Lithuania: Moki-veži Open their 25th Store.

EDRA/GHIN Member Moki-veži have opened their 25th Store in Lithuania.

The new store, which is almost 15,000m2 in size, is located 9km outside of Vilnius. This means it is not only easily accessible for residents of the fast-growing Pilaitė, Gilužio Valley or Zujūnai, but also for those passing from Sudervė, Lazdynų, Karoliniškių and Viršuliškiai.

You can see pictures of the store at the following Linkedin link: www.linkedin.com

Japan: DCM HLDGS Demonstrate Significantly Increased Sales and Profits in Q1.

DCM HLDGS posted an 8.8% YoY increase in sales to JPY124 billion in March-May, partly due to the favourable impact on sales due to Covid-19, as seen in many countries throughout the world. DIY Retailing has been classified as essential retailing in Japan.

The number of DCM-branded items increased by 3,400 SKUs from the same period last year, now making up some 23,300 SKUs, and the improved mark-up rate has pushed the gross profit margin upward 0.9 points YoY to 33.9%.

On the other hand, the SG&A expense has been cut down by 2.6 points YoY to 26.0%, partly due to a reduction in newspaper flyers as the company refrained from aggressive sales promotion during the height of the pandemic. As a result, operating profit was up YoY by 70.4% to JPY11.6 billion.

The sales of gardening, DIY projects and infection-prevention-related products have significantly increased due to the stay-home and remote work trends seen in Japan.