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.

Global DIY-Network: “Meet the CEO” Series – Veronica Valdez, CEO of Promart.

At 15:00 CEST on Wednesday the 21st of April John W. Herbert will continue the “Meet the CEO” series with an interview with Veronica Valdez, CEO of Promart. The interview can be live-streamed through the Global DIY-Network, with all other “Meet the CEO” interviews available to watch on demand.

Veronica Valdez was appointed CEO of Promart on March 1st 2020, and has experienced an incredible challenge taking on a new role under COVID circumstances, in which all Promart stores were ordered to close for almost 3 months in 2020.

From another point of view, the challenge has given her the opportunity to learn a lot in a very short period of time: transformation via innovation, efficiency, and most importantly, teamwork.

Promart belongs to Intercorp Retail, which is under the Intercorp umbrella – one of the largest and more diversified business groups in Peru. Veronica comes from a background in finance and began in Promart as CFO and two years later was appointed CFO of Supermercados Peruanos – the food store chain – three years later she returned to Promart as CEO. Before joining Promart she held different financial roles at Maestro (home improvement stores) and Cencosud (grocery stores).

Global DIY Network: “Meet the CEO” with Hiromasa Tsuchiya, Owner and Chairman of CAINZ.

On the 17th of February at 10:00 CET John W. Herbert, General Secretary of EDRA/GHIN, will continue the “Meet the CEO” series for 2021 with an interview with Hiromasa Tsuchiya, Owner and Chairman of CAINZ.

As a home improvement centre, CAINZ has always kept the goal of “improving your lifestyle” in mind, and continue to provide numerous services in order to fulfill that goal. CAINZ gather great products from both inside and outside of Japan and make them affordable, so that they can help improve their customers’ lives both comfortably and conveniently.

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.

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.

Global DIY-Network: Interview with Werner de Jager, Group CEO of Cashbuild.

On Wednesday the 4th of November John W. Herbert interviewed Werner de Jager, Group CEO of Cashbuild.
The interview was the second in the “Meet the CEO” series on the Global DIY-Network, following the interview with Sergio Giroldi on the 21st of October.

Cashbuild operates in 7 countries in Southern Africa with a network of 318 stores trading through 2 different brands – Cashbuild and P&L Hardware.

As in other countries, the coronavirus pandemic had a positive effect on DIY store sales following the lockdown in South Africa. Cashbuild has seen a sales increase of  about12 per cent in May compared with May 2019, 13 per cent in June and 22 per cent in the third quarter. Online sales had also grown exponentially by 300 per cent, and Cashbuild are continuing to work hard to expand its e-commerce engagement, primarily targeting mobile commerce.

According to Mr de Jager, the reason for the growth is that “People have re-established and regained the value of their home and their property”. The Cashbuild CEO assumes that this situation will remain like this following the current boom in new building activities.

The next in the series of the “Meet the CEO” interviews will be held on the 2nd of December with Declan Ronayne, CEO of Woodie’s, part of the Grafton Group and one of the largest Home Improvement Retailers in Ireland.

Global DIY-Network: Interview with Sergio Giroldi, Group CEO of OBI and EDRA/GHIN President.

On Wednesday the 21st of October John W. Herbert interviewed Sergio Giroldi, Group CEO of OBI and EDRA/GHIN President.
The interview was the first in the “Meet the CEO” series on the Global DIY-Network.

Two topics dominated the discussion: the coronavirus crisis and digitalisation.

OBI are continuing to evolve their digital offer, responding to the digitalisation of society. However, Mr Giroldi pointed out that Brick & Mortar physical stores will continue to play a principal role in the home improvement retailing landscape. Mr Giroldi repeatedly emphasized that the customer’s want and need interaction with real people that can be best provided in the physical store.

In response to questions regarding coronavirus, Mr Giroldi spoke of the significantly increased sales of nearly all DIY retailers. Particularly, the Click & Collect offer for customers has proven to be an increasingly used channel. OBI are also considering offering collection of goods purchased online at a number of new “collection points”.

Sergio Giroldi also discussed the newest OBI concept stores and inner city touch points, creating increased awareness of the brand in city centres. Through the Global DIY-Network viewers have the opportunity to re-watch the interview in its entirety, virtually visit the newest OBI Future store in Marsdorf as well as their Create by OBI! store and learn about the concepts behind them.

A day before the interview Mr Giroldi was diagnosed with Corona-Virus and so the interview was conducted from his home. The whole EDRA/GHIN Team wish our President a speedy recovery.

World: 8th Global DIY-Summit to be held from the 9 – 11 June 2021 in Copenhagen

For the past few months, the DIY Summit team have been closely monitoring the Global Covid-19 situation and assessing the best possible circumstances in which to hold the Global DIY Summit.

While EU Authorities implement and require the highest levels of medical measures and hygiene protocols for travel, the team feel that the delivery of the world-class international event will inevitably be impacted by such travel restrictions if it were to be held this year.

With this in mind, and following close consultation with event partners, key stakeholders and hosts, the decision to postpone the 8th Global DIY Summit by one year has been taken. The new dates for the 8th Global DIY Summit are 9 to 11 June 2021 and this event will be held at Bella Centre Copenhagen.

In order to continue offering this important and anticipated event for our industry, all tickets and sponsorships for the Global DIY Summit 2020 will automatically be valid for the rescheduled event. The ticket also includes access to a brand new online networking platform which will be launched this year in early October. This online service will allow all delegates and partners to attend online seminars, masterclasses, download studies, contact and schedule 1:1 video calls with other attendees, among other benefits.

www.diysummit.org

 

The Home Improvement Industry Working Together in the Age of Covid-19

The European DIY-Retail Association (EDRA), the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN) and the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA) acknowledge the effects and the extraordinary breadth of the current worldwide Covid-19 epidemic and the impact the virus is having on the lives and health of its citizens. They are also of the belief that life and health have, and always will have, preference over any economic interests.

Companies all over the globe are aware of the impact of Covid-19 on the supply chain and in particular on the production of goods in China and its ability to supply the global markets. Today, Covid-19 poses a risk to supply chains all over the world. It is therefore essential that all stakeholders in the supply chain work together to continue to supply our consumers with products with the least disruption possible. At the same time, we must take every measure to protect our consumers and employees from infection of Covid-19.

We believe, that in this most unpredictable situation, we must all work together in a fair and practical manner. Only by working together can we ensure the best results in bringing essential goods to consumers around the world.

The dependence on production from China varies from company to company. When goods are not available from China, manufacturers and suppliers must do all they can to find procurement alternatives to try and fulfil their contractual obligations with their contract partners and must inform them of any delivery bottlenecks or supply chain disruptions.

We are calling upon stakeholders in the supply chain network to find sensible solutions in the event of possible delivery bottlenecks and supply chains disruptions during this most difficult period, and not resort immediately to legal means. The ability, openness and flexibility to offer alternative products at short notice, and to avoid panic-buying, can help ensure a comprehensive supply of products to consumers.

In summary, we are only able to reduce the risks in the supply of products if we all work together. Constructive and fair partnerships from all supply chain stakeholders will enable this, and by doing so, we will be able to continue to fulfil the needs of the consumer.

Find the original statement here

World: Fediyma relaunches as HIMA

After 20 years of successful operation the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (fediyma) has evolved into the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA) with an expanded industry mission. HIMA is an international network of over 1000 suppliers and manufacturers of home improvement, DIY, gardening, building materials and furniture industries across the globe. The home improvement industry has undergone a significant transformation over the past decade. The face of the market is quickly evolving, and manufacturers must adapt to new shifts in demographics, attitudes and end consumer preferences. The reality is that business is becoming ever more complex at a greater speed. In order to create a suitable environment for organisations to prepare for the next level of change and complexity, HIMA has decided to implement a new strategy. “We enable our members to face the future” is the mission of the association, which stands on three pillars: Networking, Knowledge and Lobbying. EDRA/GHIN General Secretary John Herbert said, “The Board, the members and the management of EDRA/GHIN congratulate our colleagues at former fediyma… now HIMA on this development that will open the door to international expansion”

www.hima.network

World: Only 11 days left for Global DIY Summit Early Bird!

The 8th Global DIY Summit is taking place in RAI Amsterdam, NL on the 10-12 June 2020. The event expects to receive over 1,100 delegates from 50 countries to attend the Summit. Where 100+ participants are industry consultants, 550+ are suppliers and manufacturers and 350+ are retailers. The New Normal: Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World is the motto of the 8th Global DIY Summit 2020. There are only eleven days left to benefit from the Early Bird Rate so save your place now and join the top leaders from our industry!