USA: The Home Depot Announces Renewable Energy Goal

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced companywide sustainability progress in its 2020 Responsibility Report, which outlines the company’s 2019 progress on its corporate responsibility strategic pillars: focus on people, operate sustainably and strengthen communities. The report also introduces several new goals and provides an update on the company’s recent response to COVID-19 and social equality issues.

As part of its existing pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2035, The Home Depot reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in 2019, driven primarily by energy reductions and supply chain efficiencies.

New goals include a commitment to produce and procure energy from 335 megawatts of renewable and alternative energy projects by 2025.

Read the full report here: The Home Depot 2020 Responsibility Report

Japan: Cainz Open a New Type of Membership-Only Pro-Store

This August Cainz will open its first pro-concept store, “C’z PRO”, in Yokohama, Japan. This will be its entry into the membership-based wholesale business for construction professionals. Since July the company has started recruiting members on their C’z PRO website.

The C’z PRO store will offer wide range of building materials and tools as well as a variety of services. The store will have a “Creative Space” for members only, providing rental tools, copy services, a library of catalogues and building material samples. Members will also be able to use this space as a meeting spot for information-sharing with each other, including free drinks.

Cainz have also developed a unique ordering service for their “C’z GO!” stores. An online application enables members to search and purchase all products offered in the store in real time. There are also three options for picking up the items: pick up at the store during business hours, pick up from a pick-up locker outside the store at any time, or have the goods delivered directly to the site.

 

Japan: DCM HLDGS Demonstrate Significantly Increased Sales and Profits in Q1.

DCM HLDGS posted an 8.8% YoY increase in sales to JPY124 billion in March-May, partly due to the favourable impact on sales due to Covid-19, as seen in many countries throughout the world. DIY Retailing has been classified as essential retailing in Japan.

The number of DCM-branded items increased by 3,400 SKUs from the same period last year, now making up some 23,300 SKUs, and the improved mark-up rate has pushed the gross profit margin upward 0.9 points YoY to 33.9%.

On the other hand, the SG&A expense has been cut down by 2.6 points YoY to 26.0%, partly due to a reduction in newspaper flyers as the company refrained from aggressive sales promotion during the height of the pandemic. As a result, operating profit was up YoY by 70.4% to JPY11.6 billion.

The sales of gardening, DIY projects and infection-prevention-related products have significantly increased due to the stay-home and remote work trends seen in Japan.

 

USA: National Hardware Show Cancels September 2020 Event. Virtual Show to be Announced Later in the Year.

Over the last few months, the National Hardware Show (NHS) has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on members of the global hardware and home improvement community.

Originally slated to open its doors in May, the Show was postponed to September. However, as the team continue to make the safety of everyone at NHS their top concern, and looking at the continued impact of COVID-19, NHS has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event. Instead of an in-person experience, NHS plans to host a virtual trade show dedicated to providing education and support that recognises and addresses the direct and essential needs of the hardware industry, later in the year.

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

 

Belgium: EDRA/GHIN Board Member and CEO of HUBO Erwin Van Osta Elected Chairman of Comeos

EDRA/GHIN Board Member Erwin Van Osta will support Dominique Michel, CEO Comeos, as chairman of the Belgian Retail Federation, (18 sectors, including Food, Fashion, E-Commerce, Home Improvement), which accounts for 11,2 % of the GDP and employs close to 500.000 people.
The newly appointed chairman is well renowned in Belgium as CEO of Hubo Group with 150 stores and a turnover of 660 € Million and founder of Bricoalliance representing 856 stores in 9 countries with a turnover of 2,2 Billion €.

Erwin is very appreciated in the Belgian and International Home Improvement community. Since 2013 he has been a member of the EDRA/GHIN Board, and seen as a ‘Bridge Builder’ and retail marketing visionair.

John W. Herbert, General Secretary of EDRA/GHIN stated “I am delighted to hear that Erwin Van Osta has been elected Chairman of Comeos. Erwin is an excellent businessman, with a passion for retail.”

 

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.

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Japan: Arckland Sakamoto Acquires LIXIL Viva

Arckland Sakamoto, a regional DIY chain in Japan, recently announced that it will make LIXIL Viva a wholly owned subsidiary of its company.

The integration, based on a spirit of equality, will result in a transition to a holding structure by the end of fiscal 2021. The holding company targets sales of JPY 500 billion and operating income of JPY 40 billion (operating margin: 8%) in 10 years.

In FY2020, LIXIL Viva posted sales of JPY 196.9 billion and Arckland posted sales of JPY 112.7 billion, therefore posting combined sales of JPY 309.6 billion, beating out Nafco, the fifth largest company in the Japanese DIY sector.

Following the integration there will be a total 138 stores – 38 Arckland stores and 100 LIXIL Viva stores. The two companies have little area overlap and are complementary, with the aim to become a leading company in the industry as a national market, rather than a regional chain.

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Japan: Cainz Opens First “Style Factory” Shop in Tokyo Area

Cainz will open two Style Factory shops in the Tokyo metropolitan area this summer.

These metro concept stores will offer a
place in which customers can find tips to express their own styles in daily life, hence their characterisation as “Lifestyle DIY Shops”. A wide range of selected products will be available, through a variety of services such as household products that make housework fun, DIY supplies to add a twist in the home and design-conscious interior products that create space to spend time with pets.

The floor layout of these stores will not be based on functional categories as in usual stores, but on solution categories such as “& Pet”, “SMALL SPACE”, “Good Sleep”, “Easy Yoga” and “CREATIVE-DIY” etc. Currently, the company operates one Style Factory shop in Nagoya.

https://diamond-rm.net/homecenter/

 

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