Sustained high inflation has hit sales of home and garden products across most of Western Europe, as well as in many countries in the Asia Pacific region. With consumer confidence shaken by rising prices, exerting downward pressure on people’s purchasing power, shoppers are postponing purchases of big-ticket items like furniture, as they prioritise spending on daily essentials.
Abnormal cost inflation has caused waves of pain for companies since late 2020, but our new Inflation Projection Tool launched in July 2023 strongly indicates that tools and hardware in home and garden stands out as a category where companies were harmed more than most (and brands more than retailers, so far). This sector is badly dislocated around its ability to pass on costs from production to end consumers.
The increase in hybrid work with more time spent at home made consumers value their personal space and perceive a greater need to refresh it by using efficient and value-added methods. This has made the paint sector more attractive, making expansion opportunities particularly more attractive geographically, and across channels, with increases in spending on both branded and private label innovation evident.
The Inspired Home Show 2023 will take place at the McCormick Place Exposition Center in downtown Chicago. Take advantage of the numerous Show services that are offered to make your trade show experience as productive as possible.
Only 55 companies have remained on the Fortune 500 list continuously since its inception in 1955. In that year, GM was the biggest company in the world. 70 or so years later, Wal-Mart, a discount store, is the biggest, while GM filed for bankruptcy in 2009. A generation ago, a “Kodak moment” referred to a picture-worthy moment. Today, it is widely used to describe companies that failed to adapt to market disruptions. Clearly, companies need to innovate their products and business models to survive.
Made4DIY, the Association of Italian Manufacturers, is pleased to present Briconight, an event dedicated to the Home & Garden LD business operators. The focus of the conference will be on trends of the Large Distribution channel for manufacturers and retailers operating in the Brico - DIY sector.
In addition to a number of trends that have been shaping demand for homewares in the region over the past few years, pandemic and post-pandemic recovery have further unlocked opportunities and challenges for the industry.