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E-Commerce in the hardware industry

The German hardware industry has been growing constantly for the last 5 years: In 2014, the total revenue improved to 90.8 billion €. During the crisis in 2009 it had only been 69.8 billion €. With this improvement, the industry could even top the level before 2009.


While economy was down, e-commerce slowly started having a real impact. Technological development and the first smart devices within German households influenced businesses. Trade began to shift to digital platforms. Sales in the B2B sector displayed that development: While the total revenue in 2007 was 396 billion €, digital sales exploded to 870 billion € in 2012. weiterlesen…

Hymer-Leichtmetallbau: Up and Away with Good Ideas!


In business, a change which at first sight appears very simple, can bring about a major improvement: at Hymer-Leichtmetallbau all employees are encouraged to use their specific skills, knowledge and creativity to put forward suggestions that will improve the company’s products and efficiency. weiterlesen…

Visitor Record Broken at Global DIY Summit



In early June a record total of 600 visitors from 42 countries attended the second global DIY-Summit in Rome. There were 21 presentations, eight by leading retailers, five from ‘blue chip’ suppliers, four by multi-channel experts, plus from representatives of Amazon and Google. weiterlesen…

Bad Summer Dampens Homebase



This year’s thouroughly wet British summer has put a significant dampener on business for DIY-chain Homebase: like-for-like sales were down 6.2 percent to £787.3 million and operational profits down 18 percent on the comparable period of 2011.  A spokesman said the main reason for the dip was bad weather. However, by contrast the company’s E-commerce on-line business was up a healthy 25 percent. weiterlesen…