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Focus on the Customer

Baumarktkongress

 

“Integrate your clients – who buys what and why?” That’s the motto at the fore of the 14th BHB International Home Improvement Congress to be held in Mainz on 4-5 December this year. Participants can look forward to a series of top presentations from DIY-market insiders. There will be further keynote speakers with presentations on retailing, the provision of advice and market research. read more…

Industry Association: International Construction Record Level

Götz Wrage

The German Construction Industry Association (Hauptverband der deutschen Bauindustrie) reports that last year the value of its members’ foreign operations were up nine percent to approximately 32 billion Euros, a new record level. During the same period, members took new foreign orders valued at 33 billion Euros, the second highest annual volume since 2010. read more…

DIY Store Tour

 

As part of Cologne’s 2012 International Hardware Fair, exhibitors and visitors are invited to join in a one-day tour of three home improvement stores in the Cologne metropolitan area. The stores are all members of large German DIY retail groups; the tour is co-hosted and organised by publishers Dähne Verlag and the Cologne Fair. read more…

Quality with Esteem

 

“The social and ecological dimension is now of increasing importance for business; and that is how it should be!” So said Albrecht Hornbach in his address to the recent 2011 International Building Materials Congress. The board chairman of Hornbach Holding AG was speaking on the subject of ‘Sustainability in the DIY retail business’, using his own company as an example and followed by the audience with great attention. His half-hour speech focused on the fact that the manner in which companies carry on their business, is an item of increasing public interest and concern. Business, he said, is at present in the midst of a ‘moral acceptance crisis’. read more…

Summit Meeting: 2011 International BHB Building Market Congress

 

Well over 500 participants attended the 2011 BHB Building Market Congress in Mainz, Germany. They met to exchange information and suggestions with leading trade experts. Delegates from the retail, industry and the service sectors and were equally represented. read more…