When it comes to strong sales of Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE), the main prerequisite for success is good weather. But there are plenty of other factors affecting the spring and summer markets, writes John Power.
While the paint and accessories category has always been an exceptionally busy category in New Zealand, the pandemic has taken sales to a whole new level with strong sales expected well into the future, according to Mitre 10 New Zealand’s Paint and Paint Accessories Category Manager, Kristy Howlett.
With construction recently closing down for two weeks in Melbourne and reduced activity in sites throughout New South Wales, the industrial and trade tool space has been forced to remain diverse and agile during these trying times. Although independent groups have again had to pivot to ensure their businesses stay afloat throughout the pandemic, it seems sales have not wavered despite the uncertainty.
A swelling population in the town of Margaret River, Western Australia, led a local independent business to undergo a complete transformation, ensuring it kept up with the huge demand placed on local builders. Then the pandemic hit and a true test of its operations began.
When Bill Lawlor first opened his small hardware store in Huntingdale, Melbourne in 1993, he never would have imagined just how extensive the store’s customer base would be under his son’s leadership, many years later.