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Australian Hardware Journal January 2024

 

Timber Update January 2024

New industry survey highlights increase in female executives

 

Australian Made products boom despite cost-of-living crisis

The Australian Made Campaign continues to grow substantially off the back of unprecedented growth of locally made products during COVID. As overseas supplies dried up, consumers made it a priority to support locally-made products and this strong support has continued.

 

Australian Made Campaign elects first female Chair

The Board of Australian Made Campaign Ltd (AMCL) – the organisation that administers and promotes the famous Australian Made logo – has appointed a new Chair, Kate Carnell AO.

 

The VUE ahead is Aussie Made with VUETRADE

Bellevue Group is an Australian-owned manufacturer and wholesale supplier with a proud history of providing the Australian market with high-quality products, specifically designed to suit Australian conditions, since 1988 when Bellevue Group was formed. VUETRADE was later created in 2011 to focus on the timber connector product range.

 

ACelebrating 40 years of Gilly’s Australia

Gilly’s Australia recently celebrated 40 years of business in 2023. Originally ‘Gilly Stephenson’s Old Fashioned Furniture Polish,’ it all began with Gilly Stephenson making the cream polish at home in the late 70s. Now, selling a range of over 20 products nationally and internationally, Gilly’s has become a prominent name in the hardware and antique trade.

 

Paint Place Cowra prioritises locally made products

At the age of just 26 and 24, Adam and Leteisha Howell established Paint Place Cowra, in the New South Wales rural town just over 300 kilometres west of Sydney.

Australian Hardware Journal December 2023

 

Timber Update December 2023

Forestry Australia releases forestry management statements

 

Industry leaders reveal strategies for success

There is no doubt that 2023 has proven to be yet another challenging and interesting year. What is different about this year is that now, more than ever, independents and suppliers are highly resilient to changing economic conditions. In this year’s Industry Insight feature, industry leaders reveal their strategies on how they not only survived but thrived in the ever-changing hardware industry.

 

Thrifty-Link Rainbow celebrates 100 years in business

When Rainbow Thrifty-Link store owner Ron Ismay began working at the store aged just 16, he never would have believed he would still be running the store at the age of 70. After decades of hard work, today Ron has much to celebrate with the store celebrating 100 years of business success this year.

Australian Hardware Journal November 2023

 

Timber Update November 2023

ABARES reveals continued decline in plantations

 

‘Smart’ consumers dominate digital lock space

The ease and installation of smart security products and safety products are the driving force behind segment growth, with entry to smart home barriers reducing year-on-year as technology simplifies and smart locks become more economical.

 

Smart device connectivity set to drive future sales

There is no doubt COVID presented real challenges in the building and construction industry in recent years. Despite the trials, the trend towards digital and smart connected security solutions has improved user experiences and activated a broader range of activity through renewed engagement.

 

Innovation leads the Australian bathroom lifestyle

Homeowners and renovators are looking to invest in timeless, beautifully designed, high-end finishes, with longevity, sustainability, and quality being the emerging emphases in their bathrooms.

 

CSS group celebrates 21 years at Melbourne conference

The CSS Group’s national conference was held at the Melbourne Showgrounds and South Wharf from October 25 to 26, with the busy trade show one of the largest held by CSS in recent years.

 

Natbuild reveals positive trading results at Natbuild conference

Natbuild members and premium partners recently took time out from their businesses to join together for the group’s national conference at Melbourne’s Hyatt Centric. The three-day event featured a number of business sessions, supplier updates and an unforgettable mid-conference MCG experience.

 

77-year-old independent joins CSS for the first time

After 77 years of business independence, agricultural supply business Collier & Miller has joined forces with CSS (Construction Supply Specialists) to boost the development of both its in-store and online businesses.

Australian Hardware Journal October 2023

 

Timber Update October 2023

NTHA leader wins New South Wales Trainer of the Year

 

Outdoor paint and timber care take priority this season

After three years of unusually wet weather, this summer is the perfect time for your customers to start or finish up their outdoor paint and varnish projects.

 

petrol & battery product demand continues within OPE space

Spring is motivating more consumers to spruce up their gardens, purchase colourful plants and grow their own fresh produce. The warmer weather has also seen DIY cordless garden power tools increase in demand throughout Independent Hardware Group (IHG) stores.

 

Substantial OPE offer remains crucial for HBT members

The battle between battery-powered and petrol-powered outdoor power equipment is prevalent when it comes to choosing outdoor powered equipment, particularly as rural property owners struggle to place their trust in the power and performance of battery-powered products.

 

HBT store prepares for looming bushfire season

Cameron’s H Hardware in Batemans Bay on the New South Wales South Coast was located in the epicentre of the devastating 2019 bushfires that destroyed thousands of homes and burned 24 million hectares of land.

 

Trades and homeowners grow generator space

Generators are expected to be in high demand this season, particularly as homeowners in bushfire-prone areas begin to prepare their properties for the predicted warmer summer ahead and ensure their homes have access to power and water pumps should the power be cut during unprecedented events.

 

Coffs Harbour paint storegrowth is truly inspirational

In the five years since Mark and Tammie Diener purchased their first Inspirations Paint store in Coffs Harbour, the high-achieving couple have managed to not only outgrow their business twice, but have also won the Inspirations Paint Store of the Year Award in consecutive years.

Australian Hardware Journal September 2023

 

Timber Update September 2023

Forestry Australia launches online learning program for members

 

Drought-proofing outdoor areas this spring

n preparation for what is forecast to be a strong El Niño and difficult drought this spring and summer, this exclusive report shares important tips on how to help your customers prepare their gardens and lawns for the predicted extreme weather ahead.

 

HBT National Conference powers true independents

The HBT national conference was recently held at the newly renovated Cairns Convention Centre and was created specifically for members to not only interact with each other and the HBT team, but also gain a firm understanding of the importance of making crucial changes and improvements to their businesses.

 

Paint Place reveals big plans for the year ahead

Paint Place Group of Stores held its national conference at Sea World on the Gold Coast in mid-August, which was the first conference to be held since Western Australian-based business, Central Purchasing Services (CPS) acquired the group just 12 months ago.

 

K & K Steel – from dingy industrial to modern retail

Located in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, K & K Steel has a long history of delivering a wide-ranging steel and retail offer since 1981. Recently the business undertook a significant transformation, from a dingy industrial store to a modern retail offer after undergoing an extensive refurbishment.

Australian Hardware Journal August 2023

 

Timber Update August 2023

Australia’s forest industry fears the end of native forest logging nationally if the Albanese government’s new national environment standards are implemented.

 

Australian timber primed to adapt to a changing industry

The timber industry is in a state of transformation as it is forced to evolve and adapt to new national environmental standards being drafted and implemented by the Albanese Government. Yet it seems Australia’s net-zero goal has only encouraged mindful innovation within the timber industry despite ongoing uncertainty. AHJ recently spoke with Woodhouse Timber, Hume Doors & Timber, and the Australian Timber Importers Federation to investigate how the industry is managing the current uncertain climate.

 

High-quality, environmentally friendly paint drives market

Paint customers continue to show a preference for paint that has a minimal impact on the natural environment, with low VOC and low odour paint remaining an important requirement for not only the typical DIY customer, but for commercial customers as well.

 

Paint Place launches premium US paint in-store

When Darren McDonald took over Paint Place Sandgate twelve months ago, his main priority was to breathe new life into the Brisbane-based business and bring the local community back into the store.

 

Extensive online offer takes offat ‘The Hardware Store’

‘The Hardware Store’ is a rare find in the independent hardware industry. This is because the popular store not only offers its customers a substantial trade and retail offer but has also developed an extensive online offer that continues to grow the business in many ways.

Australian Hardware Journal July 2023

 

Timber Update July 2023

The Albanese Government has signed an agreement with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to expand the work of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation. UTAS will establish the institute to operate under the name – Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI).

 

Warmer weather set to boost garden sales

After a string of fairly mild summers in the past few years, particularly in the southern states of Australia, weather experts are now predicting a warmer and drier summer ahead which is great news for garden retailers.

 

Insulating Australia’s net zero future

The road to net zero energy buildings is being paved by innovative solutions and advanced technologies and standards in all sectors. One of the most promising approaches to achieving this goal by 2050 is the use of insulation materials. These materials not only help to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures, but also play a crucial role in reducing energy demands.

 

POS Evolution

In the fast-paced world of 2023, Australian hardware, building, and tool supply businesses are riding the wave of unprecedented change and innovation. As technology advances at lightning speed, it is crucial for these businesses to proactively reassess their point-of-sale (POS) software to stay ahead of the game.

 

Beaconsfield Mitre 10’s garden centre blooms in trade environment

nitially established as a timber yard in 1984, Beaconsfield Mitre 10 has not only built up a well-renowned reputation as a one-stop shop for trades who utilise the trade-heavy store on a daily basis, but is also known to locals as delivering one of the most popular garden centres in the area.

Australian Hardware Journal June 2023

 

Timber Update June 2023

China’s announcement to lift its quarantine ban on Australian timber imports has been widely welcomed. The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) openly welcomed the news of the ban removal that has been in place for more than two years now.

 

Abrasives industry sharpens up with new technologies

New abrasive technologies are being developed through the use of innovative materials, while also meeting a rising demand within the market.

 

Trending tools tempt trades

The hand, power and trade tools sector continues to innovate and excite its users, with light-weight tools and high-powered batteries growing this space despite a slight slowing of the building sector post-COVID.

 

Bolts & Moore’s great re-ordering system revolution

Throughout the pandemic most industrial independents found that the unprecedented demand in sales was more than enough to keep them busy in 2020 and 2021. Instead of simply treading water throughout COVID, tools and construction supply specialists, Bolts & Moore implemented an innovative SRS (Stock Replenishment System) in an effort to effectively customise the way its customers purchase from the business.

Australian Hardware Journal May 2023

 

Timber Update May 2023

During the awards AFPA’s Forest Health and Biosecurity Subcommittee (FHaB) was awarded a Biosecurity Commendation Certificate. Membership of the committee includes experts in forestry and science who, with their organisation’s support, volunteer their time and expertise in service of the forest sector.

 

Adhering to environmental stability

As 2030 draws closer, adhesive companies are doing their best to stick to the agenda for sustainable development. Adhesives, sealants and coatings are not often considered when we think about products that create a negative environmental impact. We tend to picture plastic debris, machinery and waste. But what holds these things together?

 

Consumers prefer convenience over security

Although the Australian and New Zealand building industries have demonstrated a general slowing as a whole, the safety and security market has remained steady, with increasing consumer trends continuing in user-friendly digital home security.

 

Sunlite M10 convenience offer finds success in STIHL

The Sunlite Mitre 10 group is well-renowned for delivering a convenient hardware offer that not only caters specifically to its local market but also delivers a high level of service and expertise.

Australian Hardware Journal April 2023

 

TIMBER UPDATE APRIL 2023

NRF legislation, branded “a shameful victory” – Australian Forest Products Association Chief Executive Officer, Joel Fitzgibbon sees the Greens’ amendments to the Bill to establish the Albanese Government’s National Reconstruction Fund (NRF) as a shameful victory for politics over sensible policy.

 

Australians splash out to make their bathrooms smarter

The dawn of the 21st century saw technology making its way into all areas of life – including the bathroom. Since the pandemic, the bathroom market has gained in popularity as technology takes us into consciously hygienic, stylish and universal waters. From self-cleaning toilets to smart showers and touchless faucets, high-tech upgrades are making bathrooms more functional, accessible and more luxurious than ever.

 

Agents prioritise recruitment and reducing costs

As team retention and cost pressures remain major challenges in today’s economic climate, sales and merchandising agents remain vigilant in assisting their clients in overcoming current obstacles. In this report, top agents reveal their strategies on how they intend to grow their clients’ businesses while combatting financial pressures.

 

E-commerce site boosts building supplier sales 

Western Sydney Building Supplies (WSBS) initially opened in 2020 as a small retail offer within the building and construction industry. Since then, the compact store has grown and thrived after developing an extensive e-commerce offer earlier this year.