DEPARTMENTS Newsmakers Features 5 Viewpoint 6 Retail Focus 10 Behind the Counter 12 US News 14 NZ News 16 Timber Update 29 News 31 Product Focus 32 What’s New 20 I ndustry Insights In this year's Industry Insight feature, hardware industry leaders reveal the strategies they used to not only survive, but thrive in the ever-changing hardware industry. Industry leaders featured in this edition include Hardware and Building Traders (HBT) Chief Executive Officer Greg Benstead, Independent Hardware Group (IHG) Chief Executive Officer Annette Welsh, Bunnings Managing Director Michael Schneider and National Timber and Hardware Association (NTHA) Chief Executive Officer, David Little. 12 A ce Hardware store is the latest victim of cyberattacks 14 M ill workers face job loss due to Te Tairãwhiti closure 29 B unnings to stop selling engineered stone linked to incurable silicosis About the Cover You asked, we delivered – the new Yale Assure Lever Smart Lock with integrated touchscreen keypad and key override elevates home security and delivers unparalleled convenience. It is engineered to become an integral part of the smart home ecosystem, being directly compatible with Apple HomeKit and controlled effortlessly through the Yale Home APP. Stylish, Smartand Secure Yale Assure® Lever Vol.138 No.12 Dec 2023 Print Post Approved PP100007331 SINCE 1886 31 6 18 29 4 HARDWAREJOURNAL.COM.AU | DECEMBER '23