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.
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.
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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”
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!