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).

Japan: Cainz: Next-Generation Large-Scale Logistics Facilities.

Cainz has announced that it will establish new two logistics facilities in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture, with the aim of starting operations in the autumn of 2023.

The facilities are positioned as a next-generation large-scale logistics center that utilizes technology including the innovation of the SCM logistics information system and the introduction of robots and automated material handling systems for the unloading and transportation of incoming goods and the sorting of products.

Last December, ITOCHU Corporation and ITOCHU Property Development Corporation signed a lease agreement for the Cainz Kuwana Center. The four-story building, with a total floor space of approximately 90,00M2, will be the largest logistics base for Cainz.

As the “Mother Ship of the West,” the Kuwana Center is planned to have both of TC and DC functions. The Saitama facility, as the “Metropolitan Center,” will have TC functions, but will also have stock functions of hot-selling items to the stores in the east of Japan.

UK: Next and Homebase Announce Garden Centre Tie-up.

Next shoppers will be able to pick up a pot plant with their polo shirts from Monday, after the retailer announced a tie-up that will see the DIY chain Homebase put mini garden centres in its fashion stores.

The partnership between the two retailers will see Homebase garden centres open within the Next stores in Shoreham, Ipswich, Warrington, Camberley, Bristol and Sheffield.

Damian McGloughlin, chief executive of Homebase, said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Next and bringing our garden products and expertise to its stores. It’s all part of our wider commitment to make shopping with us easier and provide even more inspiration and expert advice.

“We’re a great nation of gardeners, with more and more people enjoying the benefits of gardening and being outside. The launch of these new garden centres means we’re able to offer more gardeners, both experienced and those just starting out, Homebase products in more locations across the country.”

The company has announced it is also planning to open more of its small-format kitchen and decorating stores adding a new site in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The openings will bring the total number of Homebase’s smaller stores to six across Guildford, Cheadle and Sutton.

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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Europe: Kingfisher Full Year Results Demonstrate Impact of Covid-19.

On Monday the 22nd of March Kingfisher released their full year results. The group, which operates about 1,380 B&Q and Screwfix stores in the UK and Ireland, reported adjusted pre-tax profits of £756m in the year to 31 March, up 634% from £103m the previous year.

Overall sales, including the group’s operations in countries such as France and Poland, climbed 7.2% to £12.3bn. Click and collect sales surged 226% and account for more than three-quarters of all e-commerce sales, up from 62% in the previous financial year.

The company announced earlier in March it would be opening 50 Screwfix stores in the UK and Ireland this year, creating 600 new jobs.

“The Covid crisis has established new longer-term trends that are clearly supportive for our industry – including more working from home, the renewed importance of the home as a ‘hub’, and the development of a new generation of DIYers – and we expect these to endure,” said Thierry Garnier, the chief executive of Kingfisher.
“With our strategic progress, we are well positioned to capitalise on these new and positive market trends.”

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 %.

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.

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.

Finland: Kesko – Good Development Continues in All Areas.

Kesko published their financial statements for the year 2020 last week.

The building and technical trade division saw net sales grow by 5.7% in comparable terms, and its comparable operating profit rose to a new level at €188 million. Net sales and profit grew in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Poland.

Consumer sales grew particularly strongly in 2020, but development was also good on the B2B side in both building and home improvement trade and Onninen’s technical wholesale.

Read the whole report here: https://lnkd.in/ganpjA8

CEO Mikko Helander said “I would like to thank all K-Group members for this record-breaking year and valuable work. A big thank you also goes to all our customers, shareholders and partners.”