Global: Garden Trends Report 2021 Published.

Garden Media have published the Garden Trends Report (GTR) 2021.

The 2021 GTR Highlights:

•   How businesses have altered their strategies to come out successful during the pandemic
•   What future cities will look like
•   How people will adjust their home spaces to accommodate the new way of stay-at-home life
•   Finding joy and gratification in new ways

The GTR offers a peek into what will be trending in horticulture in 2021 and beyond.
Also presented are the six industry trends are going to shape the future post COVID-19, push business strategy pivots, and create a shift in home and work design.

A complimentary copy of the report can be downloaded 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

USA: NRHA Expands Membership To Include Paint, Decorating Retailers.

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is officially broadening the reach of its membership to include independent paint and decorating store operators and will be changing the association’s name to reflect this evolution.

Effective immediately, the association will be known as the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) and will represent the interests of all independently operated hardware stores, home centers, lumberyards and paint and decorating outlets throughout North America.

“Independent hardware stores and home centers share so much common DNA with independent paint and decorating retailers that this expansion of our membership can only benefit the industry as a whole,” says NRHA president and CEO Bob Cutter. “We are excited to offer paint and decorating retailers an expanded breadth of resources, and we look forward to combining all of their ideas and insights with the already strong pool of retail thought leaders from the hardware side of the channel.”

This broadened member base will help independent retailers from across the home improvement spectrum as NHPA can now tap into a wider network of retailers for research, best practices, success stories and more.

https://yournhpa.org/

Europe: Kingfisher Release Half Year Results To 31 July 2020.

Kingfisher have released their half year results for the six months ended 31 July 2020.

The results demonstrate a resilient performance in H1 with strong sales recovery in Q2 as well as a stronger demand for home improvement across their markets. However, sales were down 1.1% in constant currency, reflecting adverse impact of COVID-19 in Q1 being partially offset by strong recovery in Q2.

In its home market in Great Britain and in Ireland the DIY retailer increased sales by 3.7 per cent (like-for-like: 2.4 per cent) to GBP 2.753 bn (EUR 3.002 bn). Furthermore, E-commerce sales at Kingfisher are up 164%; now representing 19% of total Group sales in comparison with 7% last year.

Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Garnier, said: “We delivered a resilient financial performance in the first half of the year, with the adverse impact of COVID-19 in Q1 offset by a strong recovery in Q2. This recovery has continued into Q3 to date, with growth across all banners and categories.” He continued “The crisis has prompted more people to rediscover their homes and find pleasure in making them better.”

www.kingfisher.com

Europe: Hornbach Maintains Strong Growth In Second Quarter Of 2020/21 & Opens Its Seventh Branch In Romania.

The Hornbach Group benefited once again in the summer months from consumers spending more time in their own four walls, a trend that has been intensified by the coronavirus pandemic.

At Hornbach Baumarkt AG, which operated a total of 160 DIY megastores with garden centers and online shops in nine European countries as of August 31, 2020, like-for-like sales net of currency items grew by 20.6 % to Euro 2,949.0 million in the first half (2019/20: Euro 2,444.7 million). On a like-for-like basis and net of currency items, the DIY stores with garden centers generated sales growth of 19.4 % in the first six months.

Further to this, the seventh branch of Hornbach in Romania will open its doors in Oradea on September 30, 2020.

“Despite temporarily closed markets in several European countries, we have been able to record positive business development in the course of the corona pandemic. With above-average sales growth, the six Romanian stores, which were allowed to remain open all the time, played a significant role in this,” said Hornbach Baumarkt CEO Erich Harsch.

In the coming years Hornbach is planning further openings in Romania, including stores in the Black Sea metropolis of Constanța and in the country’s second largest city, Cluj-Napoca.

 

UK and Ireland: B&Q Launches New ‘Build a Life’ Campaign.

B&Q has recently unveiled its new brand campaign, ‘Build a Life’, that celebrates the belief that anyone can change their home to make life better.

You can watch the new campaign here

B&Q believes that anyone can improve their home to make life better.  Our homes are where life happens – a place we grow-up, learn, and live our lives.  Home has never been so important and a recent survey by B&Q found that lockdown has changed British attitudes towards our homes for good, with 57 percent agreeing our homes are more significant in improving our lives than ever.

This new campaign highlights that there’s so much more to everyday DIY. The strategic thinking from Uncommon, appointed by the brand last year, celebrates life in the home and the power of home improvement to change lives. Originally inspired by the amazing things people do to improve their homes to make their life better – something made even more significant by lockdown – the campaign taps into the fundamental truths about our homes and reflects the role B&Q has played in transforming the UK’s homes for the past 50 years.

Chris Graham, Marketing Director, B&Q said: “At B&Q we’ve been making, growing and selling the tools, materials and know-how to improve homes for over 50 years. To us, these things are more than bricks and mortar.”

Japan: Japanese Home Improvement market-2019.

According to the Diamond Home Center magazine in Japan, the total sales of Japanese home improvement industry in FY2019 hit a record high for the second year in a row, reaching  JPY3.9 trillion, falling just short of the JPY 4 trillion wall.

However, the market as a whole is not on the same trend. Although some major companies, such as Cainz and Kohnan, have contributed to the increase in total sales, many companies have continued to remain flat.

In contrast, the total number of stores increased by 11 (excluding the Ken-Depot 66 stores consolidated by Kohnan) to 4,812, but the pace of growth has been declining over the past few years.

In the past, major companies were actively opening new stores, but more and more companies are now shifting their investment into the digital field and renovating existing stores. The trend of steering clear of new store openings is likely to continue in the future.

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.