Industry News: Congratulations Go Out to John W. Herbert from Around the World on his 80th Birthday.

Congratulations to John W. Herbert, literally from all over the world: the general secretary of the international DIY trade association EDRA/GHIN celebrated his 80th birthday on Sunday 18 April 2021.

Due to the pandemic he moved the planned celebration to the Internet without further ado. Well-wishers praised his human attentiveness especially, his modest demeanour and, not least, his British sense of humour – qualities which support his, according to many, greatest talent: bringing people together and establishing networks.

John W. Herbert is one of the influential personalities of the international home improvement industry. The foundation of EDRA in the year 2004 stems from his initiative: the European DIY Retail Association, which he has since led as general secretary from his office in Cologne, and which was later extended by the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN).

In this function he has had the opportunity to visit 53 countries with over 400 trips since he co-founded the association in 2002. He takes these opportunities to keep in contact with the 215 members of EDRA/GHIN who operate more than 32 000 stores in 75 countries worldwide and generate a total annual turnover of about EUR 320 bn.

John W. Herbert is a firm believer and lives out his personal credo in every respect: “Trade is the indispensable will to serve, trade is a matter of the heart.” He sees this as an essential prerequisite for success in trade. Those who have had the pleasure of crossing paths with John W. Herbert particularly appreciate his expertise, his knowledge of human nature, his uncomplicated, open willingness to talk and, of course, his dry English humour. Unmatched is his amazing memory for names and numbers. His vast experience, his professional know-how and his human qualities make John a sought-after and valued representative and moderator for the DIY industry worldwide.

However, the lively, healthy living and sporty John W. Herbert is not yet thinking of cutting back or even quitting, according to the official press release of the association. As a world traveller in the field of DIY, he is still in “cracking form” to continue representing the interests of the industry worldwide, on the international stage with maximum and relentless energy, and to cultivate professional connections for the benefit of the EDRA/GHIN members.

UK: Next and Homebase Announce Garden Centre Tie-up.

Next shoppers will be able to pick up a pot plant with their polo shirts from Monday, after the retailer announced a tie-up that will see the DIY chain Homebase put mini garden centres in its fashion stores.

The partnership between the two retailers will see Homebase garden centres open within the Next stores in Shoreham, Ipswich, Warrington, Camberley, Bristol and Sheffield.

Damian McGloughlin, chief executive of Homebase, said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Next and bringing our garden products and expertise to its stores. It’s all part of our wider commitment to make shopping with us easier and provide even more inspiration and expert advice.

“We’re a great nation of gardeners, with more and more people enjoying the benefits of gardening and being outside. The launch of these new garden centres means we’re able to offer more gardeners, both experienced and those just starting out, Homebase products in more locations across the country.”

The company has announced it is also planning to open more of its small-format kitchen and decorating stores adding a new site in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The openings will bring the total number of Homebase’s smaller stores to six across Guildford, Cheadle and Sutton.

Finland: Hardware Sales Increased by 5% in 2020.

The building and home improvement trade ended up growing by 4.8 per cent in 2020, but the growth was not evenly distributed in the industry. There was a clear difference between consumer and professional customer trade. As larger projects went on ice, consumers themselves began to improve the home and yard.

The high levels of new construction, which has been taking place for several years, started to decline in 2020, which was reflected in the professional customer trade. “Consumers, on the other hand, found pleasure in do-it-yourself, which was also reflected in the sales development focused strongly on consumer sales,” says Minna Liuksiala, CEO of the construction and DIY retail association RASI ry.

“Almost all yard and garden products were sold in record terms. Outdoor decking and grills, as well as plants and garden products saw a huge increase in demand. Demand for larger garden investments, such as outdoor hot tubs, also exceeded all expectations” continued Minna Liuksiala.

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Trade Fairs: Management of spoga+gafa believe Trade Fair will take place.

The Trade Fair Management of spoga+gafa believe that the trade fair will take place from the 30 May to the 01 June 2021.

The spoga+gafa team are confident that the specialist trade show can, should and will be held a little over four months from now. However, time is still needed before they can better and more reliably assess what the situation will look like in early summer. Therefore, the management team will continue to observer how things develop in Europe and intercontinentally in February before a final decision is made.

The management team were also delighted to pass on that your garden lifestyle fair is in excellent shape. This is particularly demonstrated by the large number of reservations that have been received for all of the segments in all of the 14 halls.

Three events will also be held alongside spoga+gafa. The ‘Garden Summit 2021’ organised by the BHB wil take place on the afternoon of 1 June 2021. The VDG Winter Conference, the annual general meeting of the German garden centres will also take place at spoga+gafa 2021 as well as the Motoristen-Kongress.

The full Press Release can be found HERE

 

Global: Garden Trends Report 2021 Published.

Garden Media have published the Garden Trends Report (GTR) 2021.

The 2021 GTR Highlights:

•   How businesses have altered their strategies to come out successful during the pandemic
•   What future cities will look like
•   How people will adjust their home spaces to accommodate the new way of stay-at-home life
•   Finding joy and gratification in new ways

The GTR offers a peek into what will be trending in horticulture in 2021 and beyond.
Also presented are the six industry trends are going to shape the future post COVID-19, push business strategy pivots, and create a shift in home and work design.

A complimentary copy of the report can be downloaded HERE

Trade Fairs: IPM 2021 Postponed.

The IPM ESSEN, which was planned for January 26 to 29, 2021, has been cancelled.

Against the background of the increasingly dynamic situation and worldwide travel restrictions, Messe Essen have stated that there is currently not the planning security required for the serious preparation of the international trade fair participants. As much as the green industry has wished for IPM ESSEN as a communication platform, there is a great deal of uncertainty in view of the recent occurrence of infections in important markets such as the Benelux countries or France.

Nevertheless, Messe Essen is giving the industry a stage at the planned date of the fair and, together with its partner associations, is organizing a top-level meeting between decision-makers and politicians.

“The anticipation of the IPM ESSEN was great, especially after the past months of full renunciation by all those involved, the more difficult it was for us to decide to cancel the fair”, explains Oliver P. Kuhrt, Managing Director of Messe Essen. “However, it is our responsibility to enable our exhibitors to plan their participation in the fair seriously. Against the background that many of our customers come from abroad and are increasingly insecure due to the difficult travel conditions, however, this is not possible at present. We have therefore decided to cancel before the hot phase of stand planning begins”.

The next IPM ESSEN will take place at Messe Essen from January 25 to 28, 2022.

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.

 

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!”

Germany: Spoga+Gafa Suspended for 2020 and Switches to New Date from 30 May to 1 June 2021

With the entire area almost fully booked by the spring of 2020, and thus outstanding registration levels for spoga+gafa, the trade fair situation increasingly came to reflect the current developments around Covid-19 and the economic situation.

For this reason, the spoga+gafa team reassessed the overall situation together with the Advisory Board and decided that it was best to respond to the cancellations and wishes of a large number of industry exhibitors and visitors by suspending spoga+gafa 2020.

At the request of the industry, Koelnmesse have also permanently moved the date for spoga+gafa to the first half of the year. In future, this means that the largest garden lifestyle trade fair in the world will be held at a time more convenient for orders by large segments of the industry. In 2021, spoga+gafa will take place from 30 May to 1 June.

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Germany: Support for Spoga+Gafa 2020 encouraging

“We are working together with the garden sector to prepare ourselves for a new normal in daily life. We are underscoring this shared conviction under the hashtag #gardenbackstronger,” Koelnmesse says. The management of Koelnmesse has issued a further statement to exhibitors and visitors to the Spoga+Gafa show. In the statement, business division director Catja Caspary and Stefan Lohrberg, director of Spoga+Gafa, confirm: “As delighted as we are that most of the comments we’ve been getting from exhibitors and visitors have been confirmatory, we take their concerns very seriously, especially the uncertainty felt by our partners from overseas.” The feedback has encouraged the trade show management team to make the decision to let Spoga+Gafa go ahead on 6-8 September 2020 in Cologne.

Source: www.diyinternational.com