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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New Zealand: Andrea Scown Appointed new Chief Executive Officer of Mitre 10 NZ.

Following the resignation of Chris Wilesmith, Mitre 10 New Zealand has just confirmed that Chief Operating Officer Andrea Scown will lead the business forward as Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect.

This appointment is doubly significant: Andrea Scown is not only the first internal appointment as CEO of Mitre 10 NZ, but it’s also the first time the co-op will have a woman Chief Executive.

“With Andrea now taking the helm, the business is well-positioned for the future” says Mitre 10 NZ Chairman, Martin Dippie. “She has an intimate knowledge of all parts of the business and a real passion for the co-operative model. She is a strong and authentic leader who has developed excellent relationships with members and their teams.”

In her almost four years at Mitre 10 NZ, Andrea Scown has progressed from GM Retail Ops to Chief Customer Experience Office and then to the COO role in November last year. Prior to joining Mitre 10 NZ, Andrea Scown’s CV includes GM at Speciality Fashion Group, Acting CEO at EziBuy and COO at Bendon.

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 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.

Europe: Kingfisher Release their Q4 Pre-close Trading Update.

Kingfisher plc released their Q4 pre-close trading update yesterday.

Kingfisher has continued to experience strong demand across its markets with Q4 20/21 Group LFL sales (to 9 January 2021) up 16.9%. Financial year to date (1 February 2020 to 9 January 2021), Group LFL sales are up 6.5%.

Thierry Garnier, CEO of Kingfisher, welcomed the results by saying:
“The safety of our customers and teams remains our first priority while we fulfil the essential needs of our customers. We will continue to support our colleagues during these most difficult times, and I want to express my sincere appreciation for all our teams as they continue to operate in such a challenging environment.”

The full pre-close trading update can be viewed 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.

NHS: Registrations Are Open For The 2020 National Hardware Virtual Show.

Registrations are now open for the National Hardware Virtual Show.

Taking place from October 12th – 15th the Virtual Show will feature 4 days of keynote presentations, educational seminars and product pitch panels, direct appointment setting and networking between buyers, leading manufacturers and top suppliers, and a robust virtual product showcase featuring newly launched and never-before-seen products.

Alongside the Virtual Show all registered attendees will be able to join the NHPA for their All-Industry Conference. This year’s line-up features content from industry experts, successful retailers, and channel partners including special keynote speeches from Dan Starr, president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., and Kevin Hancock, CEO of Hancock Lumber, all centered around the 2020 theme of Industry Disrupters: How Today’s Leaders Are Winning the Retail Game.

EDRA/GHIN Members should contact us at info@edra-ghin.org should they wish to register for the show

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.