Bunnings boss claims hardware ‘essential’ during lockdown

03/08/2020

Bunnings MD Mike Schneider claimed the hardware industry is an “essential” service during Victoria’s tough Stage Four lockdown.

New Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victorian Premier Dan Andrews today will see essential services, like supermarkets allowed, to remain trading in Victoria during the latest lockdown.

However, Bunnings MD Mike Schneider has also claimed the hardware chain should be exempt from the strict lockdown rules.

Mr Schneider told The Australian Bunnings was a major supplier to industries such as aged care and education, sold many vital cleaning and hygiene products and played an important role when it came to mental health.

“We always believed we play an essential role,’’ he told The Australian.

“If there is a freak storm and roofs are damaged, it is tarpaulins and ropes and water proofing equipment; if your hot water system goes, if your smoke alarm goes or light bulbs go – these are all things you need for urgent repairs.”

“And we play an important role in taking pressure off the ­supermarkets because we actually supply a range of products that overlap in those cleaning products so we spread the load between supermarkets and others.”

“Home improvement retailers worldwide have been classed as essential as our industry plays an important role in providing necessary products for customers to keep their homes and businesses safe and secure and keep small businesses running with products for urgent repairs and maintenance,” he said.

Mr Schneider said he also understood the important role those in this industry play in keeping the community active when at home, for big and small projects as well as the very positive physical and mental health benefits that come from the sense of achievement from getting things done around the home.

“The safety of our team and customers is our number one priority and we will continue to follow the advice of the Victorian Government.”