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.

www.spogagafa.com

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

Germany: Hornbach reports 18% sales rise

The German DIY store chain Hornbach has reported a rapid increase in sales from its DIY stores and almost doubled earnings due to the coronavirus crisis. According to initial preliminary results, sales in the first quarter (1 March to 31 May 2020) have grown by 18.4% to EUR 1.492 bn. The operating earnings adjusted for non-operating impacts on earnings (adjusted EBIT) increased by around 90% to around EUR 160m.

The reason for the significant improvement in earnings is essentially the strong sales growth at home and abroad, reports the company. They state that in the course of the coronavirus crisis, customer demand in the stationary and online business has risen significantly since mid-March – also benefited by the pleasant spring weather in 2020.

The largest sales growths were achieved in May 2020 with plus 36 per cent (March 2020: minus 2 per cent; April 2020: plus 17 per cent), after all of the initially up to 64 Hornbach stores which were effected by official sales restrictions were reopened.

Source: www.diyinternational.com

Germany: Spoga+Gafa reports high registrations due to cancelled events

During a digital press conference, Stefan Lohrberg (l.), Director Spoga+Gafa, Catja Caspary, Vice President, and Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer, presented Koelnmesse’s plans for this year’s show in September. Koelnmesse has once again affirmed that Spoga+Gafa will be taking place on 6-8 September 2020. In a video statement which the event organisers shared at an online press conference on 13 May, Chief Operating Officer Oliver Frese says: “It is our declared aim to open the trade fair on the planned date. The exhibitors are showing high interest in the event and due to the fact that other industry events have had to be cancelled or postponed, we are once again recording increased growth in the number of applications.”

Source: www.diyinternational.com

Germany: Spoga+Gafa 2020 going ahead

As things stand, spoga+gafa 2020 is to take place as planned, from the 6-8 September 2020 in Cologne.
“We are continuing to work flat out on the preparations for the largest garden lifestyle trade fair in the world and in spite of the tense situation, we have so far been able to record an excellent number of applications compared to the previous year level. As such the garden industry is preparing for the times after the Corona crisis and for taking up business again,” according to the statement signed by the Vice President Trade Fair Management Catja Caspary and Stefan Lohrberg, Director Spoga+Gafa.
They also give the assurance that payments from exhibitors and visitors will be refunded if the trade fair has to be cancelled due to Corona virus “which currently doesn’t appear to be the case”. In addition, the trade fair will only take place “if it has the chance of being successful for all parties involved,” according to the trade fair management. “Hence if we are led to believe that although all exhibitors are participating, a relevant share of our visitors will not attend in September due to risks or bans, we will act in the interests of all partners and reassess the situation”.
Keep up to date at spoga+gafa 2020

 

Belgium: DIY stores and garden centres reopen

Since Saturday 18 April DIY stores and garden centres reopened in Belgium. As reported on numerous media channels, long queues formed outside the stores from early morning. “Previous to these openings tremendous lobbying had been realised at the instigation of Erwin Van Osta, CEO of the Hubo Group,” says Belgian sector expert Thierry Coeman. “The first sales results responded to expectations, as home improvement and garden activities substantially contribute to the mental health of the Belgians.” The guidance given to retailers is that customers must maintain a distance of 1.5 m from one another and 10 sqm must be available per customer. Garden centres in Belgium have voluntarily increased this to 50 sqm, as announced by their association, Belgische Tuincentra Vereniging VZW/Association Belge des Jardineries (ASBL).

Source: www.diyinternational.com

Austria: DIY stores reopen from 14 April

From the 14th April 2020, home improvement stores will be able to reopen in Austria, as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) announced in a press conference. In Austria, strict measures to curb the corona epidemic will be eased after Easter, including the reopening of DIY stores. Specialist dealers with sales areas of less than 400 sqm can also open again. Whilst stores will be reopening all retailers must adhere to certain rules:

  • Only one customer will be allowed per 20 sqm
  • The shops must be disinfected and clean regularly
  • Shoppers are also obligated to wear masks in Austria

Read more: www.baumarktmanager.de

U.S.: National Hardware Show postponed to September

The National Hardware Show has been postponed and will now take place on 1-3 September 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Originally the event, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020, was scheduled for 5-7 May. “We know how important the National Hardware Show is to our customers’ business and it is our top priority to provide a place where the hardware and home improvement industry has the ability to come together and allow business to continue,” said Randy Field, group vice-president, Reed Exhibitions. “Therefore, we will be holding the National Hardware Show September 1-3, 2020. We believe this is the right decision for our customers and the industry in general, which is a vital part of the supply chain for manufacturing and distribution of products.” The fair organisers are “working with our partners to find solutions to logistical and operational issues that may arise. We are here to help, but ask for their patience as we ensure all of our customers are taken care of,” said Field.
More information for visitors and exhibitors can be found on their website