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.

Europe: Hornbach Group Increases Net Sales by 15.4% to Euro 5.5 Billion in 2020/21 Financial Year.

The coronavirus pandemic presented the Hornbach Group with a memorable 2020/21 financial year (March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021).

People withdrawing to their own four walls, employees increasingly working from home, and consumers sustainably changing their behaviour – all these factors provided a veritable boost to demand for DIY and home improvement product ranges.

Against this backdrop, based on initial preliminary figures net sales at the Hornbach Holding AG & Co. KGaA Group increased by 15.4% to Euro 5,456 million. Hornbach Baumarkt AG, the largest operating subgroup, operated 161 DIY stores with garden centers and online shops, as well as two specialist retail outlets, in nine countries across Europe at the balance sheet date on February 28, 2021 (2019/20: 160). Sales here also passed the 5-billion mark, rising by 15.6% to Euro 5,117 million. On a like-for-like basis and net of currency items, group-wide sales at the DIY stores with garden centers (DIY) grew by 14.7 %.

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: OBI expand board

OBI have significantly expanded its board. Having previously consisted of just two people, Sergio Giroldi as CEO and Oliver Geiling (CFO), the new board of the German market leader now has seven members. The new additions are Franz-Peter Tepaß as chief sales officer for Central Europe (Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia), Sebastian Gundel as chief customer officer with responsibility for defining the customer offering, channel management and customer communication (he continues in his role as country director for OBI Austria), Markus Vieler as chief sourcing officer with responsibility for all OBI’s sourcing-related activities (also retaining his post as country director of OBI Poland), Oliver Tackmann as chief IT & logistics officer and Dr Gonn Weide as chief strategy & implementation officer.

Source: www.diyinternational.com

Germany: Hornbach anticipates higher Q1 turnover

The German Hornbach group expects significantly higher sales and earnings in the first quarter of its financial year 2020/2021 (1 March to 31 May 2020). The measures taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic meant that up to 40% of Hornbach’s DIY stores in Germany and abroad were initially affected by far-reaching restrictions imposed on sales activities by the authorities. As the spring quarter has progressed, however, it has become apparent that these coronavirus-related losses of sales are being more than offset, and to an increasing extent, by high sales at stores that remained open or have now reopened, at online shops, and at builders’ merchant outlets, an ad-hoc announcement says. Since 6 May 2020, all Hornbach DIY stores have been accessible to customers. From a current perspective, both consolidated sales and adjusted consolidated operating earnings (adjusted EBIT) for the first quarter of the 2020/21 financial year are expected to significantly exceed the previous year’s figures.

Source: www.diyinternational.com

Germany: Ambiente 2021 – 90% of space occupied

This year’s Ambiente in February was already clearly influenced by the spreading corona epidemic. The organiser, Messe Frankfurt, is already looking ahead: 90% of the space for the 2021 edition is already occupied. On 19-23 February 2021, Ambiente will present the most important topics of the entire consumer goods range in the areas of dining, living and giving. “Corona-related issues are causing a difficult year for the entire consumer goods industry,” says division head Nicolette Naumann, “but we are already looking to the future with optimism: At 90%, Ambiente is already well-occupied at the current time.”

As a Recommended Global Trade Fair any EDRA/GHIN Member who would like to complimentary VIP tickets for Ambiente should contact us at info@edra-ghin.org

Read more at the ambiente website

And www.baumarktmanager.de

Germany: Tendence 2020 cancelled

In response to the corona crisis, Messe Frankfurt has cancelled Tendence 2020. “We fought to be able to hold Tendence here in Frankfurt at the end of June, despite the currently very tense circumstances. The situation, which has now become even more acute, unfortunately leaves us with no choice but to cancel the event. We look forward to welcoming the industry back to Frankfurt in 2021,” says Stephan Kurzawski, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition. As a “necessary consequence” of the Tendence cancellation and to support the industry, Messe Frankfurt is offering Nordstil in Hamburg (25-27 July 2020) for the first time as a platform for the spring and summer 2021 collections. Due to the current situation, Nordstil will provide its own area especially for the Tendence product segment “Sunshine State” – large volume suppliers with new ranges for spring / summer 2021 (formerly Hall 11.0). This means that all buyers who wanted to place their pre-orders for the coming spring and summer 2021 at Tendence can now do so in Hamburg a few weeks later.

More information can be found on the Tendence Website

Germany: OBI leaves competition behind

The hardware store industry has had a strong year, with sales growing despite the reduced number of stores. Market leader OBI in particular is benefiting from the development – the Tengelmann subsidiary increased its gross sales in Germany by 6.5% to €4.1 bn last year, as can be seen from surveys by Dähne-Verlag. OBI thus extends the distance to the second industry player, Bauhaus, which experts in Germany estimate achieved gross sales of around €3.9 bn. With its growth, OBI is well above the overall market average for 2019. The trade association for do-it-yourself, building and gardening (BHB) was able to report the best sales development for the industry at the beginning of last week in more than ten years. Calculated on the basis of GfK values, gross revenue rose by 3.6% to just under €19.5 bn, (3.8% like-for-like). In addition to OBI, only Hornbach and Bauhaus managed to do better than the market.

Lebensmittel Zeitung (6 March 2020)