Bunnings has completed an eight-month range review of interior and exterior paint, woodcare, metal, pavement and spray paint that formed part of ongoing range review work undertaken across all product categories to, according to Bunnings, ensure that it “continues to deliver the best offer to customers”.
At the time of going to press, Fletcher Building had acquired more than 90 per cent of takeover target, Crane Group, saying it would move to compulsorily acquire the remaining shares. Fletcher CEO Jonathan Ling said the deal was “a game changer, like Laminex was in 2002″.
Mitre has expanded its network of more than 420 stores with new outlets in Mooroopna (Victoria), Blacktown (NSW) and Whyalla (SA). The Mooroopna and Whyalla stores operated under the Home Hardware and Timber banner, and Mitre 10 CEO Mark Laidlaw said their conversion is testament to the strength of Mitre 10’s business model.
Members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) participated in a survey to reveal design trends in the North American marketplace for 2011, many of which could crossover into the Australian market.
Reed Gift Fairs showcased new season trends for homes, connecting thousands of buyers with more than 720 local and national wholesalers during its recent Sydney event.
Talk to any retailer or supplier and they’ll tell you that the importance of speed to market can be paramount to the success or failure of any sales strategy.
Size has become a central consideration for retailers in the Australian hardware market — size in several senses: the size of each retail outlet, the size of the overall network of outlets, and the total size of individual enterprises.
In a world where independent hardware retailers are increasingly exiting the market, buying group HBT’s member numbers are growing. Group Manager, Tim Starkey, explains.