IHA to merge with GHIN
The respective Boards of the International Hardware Association (IHA) and Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN) have announced the IHA, representing hardware associations globally, is set to merge with the GHIN as of October 1, according to a recent Hardware Retailing report.
The merger will create a mega network of retailers committed to the cause of helping consumers all over the world improve their homes and see GHIN represent all global home improvement retailers and all IHA members.
Currently GHIN has 216 members globally, operating in 74 countries with over 32,000 stores and members’ sales in excess of $390 billion. The merge will see it also now represent the IHA with thousands of hardware stores through the country associations of Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.
The IHA will remain an independent network administered by GHIN, but with its own president.
EDRA/GHIN President Sergio Giroldi said he was truly delighted to welcome the International Hardware Association into the global network.
“This merger will strengthen our network and raise our profile internationally. We, the home improvement retailers and the hardware stores, all have our place in the home improvement retail community, sharing the same values and offering consumers the best possible service and safe, quality products,” Mr Giroldi said.
EDRA/GHIN represents 216 home improvement companies operating over 32,000 stores in 74 countries currently.
IHA President Jean-François Dubost also said, “if we have learned anything over the past 18 months, it is that our industry is stronger when we come together to share interests, ideas and concerns with other partners throughout the channel. It is in this spirit that we welcome this new alliance and feel confident that the interests of our member organizations will be well represented on the global stage.”
For over 20 years the GHIN Network has successfully brought members together and learn from each other on strictly non-competitive issues, while defending members’ interests.
GHIN is also committed to working closely with HIMA, the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association, and with Global Trade Fairs to give retail members as much support and information as possible so they may offer the best possible products and service to consumers all over the world to improve their homes, according to the report.