Delegates delighted with 6th Global DIY Summit 2018

retailers from around the world. The Global DIY Summit, which took place June 13-14, is jointly hosted by the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA), the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (Fediyma), and the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN). On the last day of the event, delegates gave their feedback using a voting tool, with organisers delighted that 60% rated it as ‘very good’ to ‘excellent’ and a further 28% rating the event as ‘good’.


The voting tool was also used to gauge sentiment and, when asked what expectations delegates have for their business development for this year compared to last year, 19% were optimistic, estimating growth of more than 10%, whilst 37% of the audience was more cautious,

record 1,100 delegates from 55 countries attended this year’s congress, including more than 300 of the top

Feedback from the annual international event was overwhelmingly positive, say organisers, as the sixth Global DIY Summit came to a close in Barcelona last week

forecasting growth of between 0% and 4%. Approximately 22% of the suppliers think their business will increase more than 10%, while 15% of the retailers forecast the same growth as the previous year. This year’s motto, “DIY NEXT – Reinventing our industry”, saw speakers present on a range of topics, including digital transformations and

digital platforms strategic as new

business models, political and economic forecasts, and the need for more

partnerships between suppliers and retailers.

Engaging content The general perception of global economy was positive and most of the speakers forecast more innovation

and growth within the next year. On the first day,

Alejandro González from Deloitte presented a global economic and political overview and highlighted the risks and advantages within the era of Trump Presidency, Brexit and other challenges worldwide. There were high expectations for The Home Depot head of strategic business development Matt Schweickert’s presentation the same day, and his impressive keynote “Home Improvement in the Age of Retail Disruption” didn’t disappoint. Other highlights from the first day included presentations from Jörn Küpper of McKinsey & Co., MediaMarktSaturn’s Martin Wild, and Steven van Belleghem who talked about ‘The Customer of Tomorrow’.

Consultant Rebecca Homkes from

GrowthX Corporate also advised delegates on how to truly innovate as a business, whilst a panel discussion saw leading figures from the home improvement industry – Kingfisher’s Verónique Laury, 3M’s Jeff Lavers, Sylvain Prud’homme from Lowe’s, and Henning von Boxberg from Robert Bosch – exchange views on a new kind of cooperation between retailers and suppliers. You can read our full report on this discussion over the next few pages.

The first day culminated with the Gala Dinner, which was held at the at the stunning Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. During dinner, the

Global DIY-Lifetime Award Damien Deleplanque (centre) pictured after receiving the Global DIY Lifetime Award 8 DIY WEEK 29 JUNE 2018

2018 was presented to Damien Deleplanque, former CEO at Adeo. In his brilliant emotional acceptance speech, Damien told the delegates about his passion for the people

within a business, the importance of following your own dreams and how satisfied he was to leave Adeo as “the most successful European home improvement retail store”. Delegates were treated to another host of engaging presentations on day

two, with talks about

new global consumer trends and digitalisation, including the keynote presentation from Peter Hinssen from Nexxworks.

A fine farewell This year’s farewell speech was presented by ManoMano co-founder Christian Raisson, who didn’t hold back and told home improvement retailers “you didn’t do the job; you stayed in the old model”. He called for sellers to join the online marketplace, adding “together we can take the DIY industry to the new frontier!”. According to feedback from the audience, organisers say his speech was one of the big highlights of the event.

In the final wrap-up, both Chairmen of the Global DIY Summit, John W. Herbert (EDRA/GHIN) and Ralf Rahmede (fediyma) agreed that this had been a most interesting, informative and successful event having had a very positive feedback. Global DIY Summit General Manager of the, Iñaki Maillard, said: “This was by far the most successful Global DIY Summit ever. The feedback from sponsors and participants has been very positive. I think everyone is very much looking forward to Dublin.” The 2019 Global DIY Summit will be held in Dublin from June 6-7.

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