Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market


Don't be shy about retiring

The news that, as of today (April 6), employers can no longer issue notices of intended retirement date, ahead of the change in legislation in October abolishing the default retirement age, is not without its problems.
6 April 2011

Ready, set... grow!

The season is upon us, and the months of preparation, purchasing and, let's face it, prayers, are about to come to a head in a golden window of sales opportunity.
23 March 2011

Only Tools and Horses

A visit to the Toolbank Trade Zoo
11 March 2011

A stock shock

Never having had to manage a stockroom, it's perhaps difficult for me to fully empathise with DIY Week readers when it comes to the trials and tribulations of your back rooms.
24 February 2011

Oranges are the only fruit...

Walking the halls at Totally this week has thrown up a question - can anyone explain to me the connection between adhesives and animals?
11 February 2011

From groceries to gardening

The Tesco Spring-Summer outdoor living press show last week was dominated by acid bright picnicware and fashion-led items such as coordinating deck chairs, cool bags, tableware and cushions (in a hibiscus flower print with two colour choices - blue and green or magenta and orange). However, there was also evidence of an emerging credible garden offer.
1 February 2011

Retro retail...

I was in Northern France recently looking in the major DIY stores including Castorama, Leroy Merlin and Brico Depot.
27 January 2011

Portas not quite so keen on Homebase these days

Retail 'guru' Mary Portas has hit the headlines again (remember her televised makeover of Lightwater Homecare?) with her pet retail hates.
21 January 2011

Wills and Harry

Last week I met a guy named Harry. I met Harry on the shopfloor of a leading independent retailer and I liked him immediately. Harry is a man of very few words, and yet he spoke volumes about the business.
14 January 2011

Supply sector to bear brunt of VAT promotion?

With all the talk of the effects of the VAT increase on consumer spending, I notice that many retailers are now using this as a promotional tool ('pre VAT prices held' etc.).
7 January 2011

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