April 2020

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April 2020

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COVID-19 survival kit for hardware retailers

Independent hardware retailers are now, more than ever, looking for ways to ensure their businesses stay afloat and healthy over the coming months as they tackle the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this special report, AHJ Editor, Christine Bannister, details strategies hardware retailers can implement in-store now to survive this unprecedented pandemic and how several independents are currently tackling this evolving situation.

Cleaning category climbs during COVID-19

There is no doubt the Australian cleaning category has experienced a significant rise in sales, in both industrial and domestic segments, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. In this special cleaning product feature, AHJ investigates how cleaning suppliers are coping with the current pandemic and how they intend to keep up supplies during this unprecedented time.

Retail Focus: Paint Place Warragul evolves over four decades

Paint Place Warragul is a shining star in the Paint Place Group, after the store recently completed a total re-vamp and continues to deliver expert advice from one of the most experienced teams in the business.

March 2020

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March 2020

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Building materials sector drives ‘safety first’

Suppliers in the Australian building materials sector are now, more than ever, working to ensure leading health issues within the industry are being addressed and the correct precautions are being taken – from the removal of asbestos, to the prevention of silicosis, and the right building materials utilised within bushfire zones.

COVID-19 causes dust mask shortages

The world awaits a vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus, but in the meantime many people are choosing to protect themselves from infection by purchasing dust masks and respirators, leading to chronic shortages of supply. But do all masks protect against viruses? And are tradespeople able to get sufficient supplies?

Retail Focus: Permewans wins IHG’s HT&H Store of the Year Award

When Denise and Paul Bast originally bought their Thrifty-Link store in 2002, little did they know that 19 years on they would win IHG’s (Independent Hardware Group’s) Home Timber & Hardware Store of the Year Award, after completely transforming the store.

February 2020

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February 2020

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Timber industry must add value

The latest wildfires to hit southeast Australia have pummeled the domestic timber industry. As John Power reports, timber production processes need a complete overhaul to remain viable.

Marketing high-tech products the smart way

Predicted to be one of the fastest growing retail categories this decade, the ‘smart homes and products’ category could see Australian households take on at least three to five smart home products within the next few years on average, according to market forecasts.

Retail focus: TradeTools expands into Cairns

TradeTools has not only just opened its eighteenth store in Far North Queensland, but also has two new stores in the pipeline which are scheduled to open in the next 12 months.

January 2020

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January 2020

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Younger generation embraces Australian Made

After 33 years in market, the Australian Made Logo continues to offer a strong point of difference for both local manufacturers and consumers. A major project for the Australian Made Campaign over the last 12 months was to thoroughly test consumer preferences for accredited products. Australian Made Chief Executive Officer, Ben Lazzaro recently spoke with AHJ on the research that was conducted, saying that last year’s test results show consumer preference for Australian Made products remain very strong, particularly amongst the younger generation.

A vibrant and colourful year for Haymes

2019 marked the year where Haymes Paint became the largest of only a handful of remaining Australian owned and made paint manufacturers, following the acquisition of the Dulux Group by Nippon Paints, which is based in Japan.

Retail focus: CSunlite Mitre 10 adds sixth store to the group

FSunlite Mitre 10 recently opened its sixth boutique hardware store in the established community of Mosman, Sydney, after taking over the store from long-standing owners, Jane and Michael Rees, who operated the store for over 30 years.

December 2019

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December 2019

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Industry Insights 2019

In this 2019 edition of ‘Industry Insights’ the Australian Hardware Journal conducted exclusive interviews with industry leaders, revealing their thoughts on the year that was and positive predictions for the year ahead.

From tools to TVs… The rise of diversification

As traditional power and hand tool companies compete for business, many are achieving their goals by entering new markets. From vacuum cleaners and mowers to TVs and lighting, new product categories are emerging to supplement conventional tool sales. John Power reports.

Trade focus: Challenges and opportunities in the Top End

Following completion of the construction phase of the multi-million-dollar Ichthys LNG project by Japanese company Inpex, now considered one of the most significant oil and gas projects globally, Darwin is now dealing with an economic downturn. New opportunities are currently being sought to avoid a potential boom and bust scenario. Hartley Henderson reports.

November 2019

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November 2019

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Consumer confidence crucial in safety and security

ASSA ABLOY not only remains innovative with its new product releases, but also continues to raise the bar in the safety and security segment by producing only high-quality products for its customers, according to the company. This ensures that the company’s products not only meet, but often exceed any relevant Australian standards because the products undergo many hours of testing on features and durability.

Dodgy builders ‘wynne’ again

New legislation in Victoria means builders who have installed flammable Aluminium Composite Cladding (ACP) will be highly unlikely to ever face justice. However, the hardware sector nationally can play a leading role in reinforcing public faith in DIY and trade-based building products. John Power reports.

Retail focus: Valued independent family business stands the test of time

Established in 1980, Barwon Timber is an independent, family owned business that has gone from strength to strength over the years, due to its ability to not only maintain a strong understanding of the local market but also move with the times.

October 2019

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October 2019

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Tenaru launches three market ‘game changers’

Tenaru has recently launched three game changing products onto the Australian paint and accessory market, which are set to shake up more than just the paint segment.

Prevention is better than a cure – in the work place

Despite all of the media attention on the importance of practicing workplace health and safety on a daily basis, it seems there are still many employees who remain unaware of the dangers associated with workplace hazards. This lack of awareness can include not using appropriately rated safety equipment for a specific job, or using a PPE product that is not fitted correctly.

Retail focus: ‘Kev’s’ thrives in challenging QLD market

While Central Queensland has proven to be a very tough environment to run a small business in over the past few years, Shannon Lamb, owner of ‘Kev’s – Fasteners, Construction and Insulation’, has found a way to grow and evolve his business, in the struggling Central Queensland economy.

September 2019

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September 2019

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Global megatrends infiltrate garden and outdoor living markets

A growing awareness of potential risks to consumer health and the natural environment, from the use of chemicals in agriculture, has now infiltrated into Australian homes and gardens and become a mainstream consumer concern.

Fasteners: Going back to basics in a downturn

There is no shortage of alarming topics in the business press at the moment, from housing downturns to retail recessions and trade wars. In this context, writes John Power, tried and true retail principles like stocking large product ranges are more vital than ever.

Retail focus: Second generation boosts family business

The newly branded ‘yousta’ has undergone significant change recently, after the formerly named VIP Fastening Systems was taken over by one of its three directors, Sam Jooste. With the help of Sam’s daughters, Sally and Jill, the CSS member is now making a name for itself via its online channel, as well as instore.

August 2019

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August 2019

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Quality ‘green’ products drive paint market

Although the paint market remains fairly stable year in year out, it does continually grow and contract a couple of per cent, which is primarily linked to the construction industry and the introduction of environmentally friendly products, according to Haymes Paint Export and New Business Manager, Matt Haymes.

Timber market stands tall at last

After years of regulatory uncertainty and governmental prevarication, Australia’s timber industry is set to enjoy some rational, strategic growth. John Power reports.

Trade focus: Loganholme Mitre 10 battles saturated market

It is a situation most independent hardware operators find themselves up against – the realities of formidable Big Box competition in any given market. But the state of affairs for Ian and Beth Gill of Loganholme Mitre 10 is more unique as they share a carpark with Bunnings and have two other Big Boxes situated within eight kilometres. Their story is one of combat, adjustment and survival in a highly competitive metro market.

July 2019

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July 2019

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Acoustic insulation sounds more profitable

Now the fastest-growing category in the insulation market, acoustic insulation is set to make a big noise in Australia’s domestic property market. John Power reports.

Trade Focus: Trade Centre puts 50 years of experience behind latest venture

For over five decades, Versatile Mitre 10, located in Malaga WA, has operated as a family run specialist trade outlet servicing the builder market of Perth. To position the business for growth amidst a toughening competitive landscape, 12 months ago the family undertook its biggest challenge in 50 years.

Trade focus: Fastplast’s Building Industry Expo a local success

Fastplast Building Supplies has achieved a lot since it was first established just under 20 years ago, and is now particularly well known for its highly popular Building Industry Expo held in Port Macquarie, on the NSW North Coast.