April 26, 2010, Volume xvi, #17
â€œWinning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.â€
â€”Vince Lombardi (American football coach, 1913-1970)
Now President, Straus outlines vision for Home Hardware
ST. JACOBS, Ont. â€” An upbeat mood pervaded the latest dealer market held here last week for Home Hardwareâ€™s dealers. The show, which played host to more than 10,000 dealers, their families, and the vendors who supply them, was newsworthy for the new programs and products developed by Home for its dealers. (More on those in upcoming issues! — Michael)
However, the biggest news at the market was the retirement of Home Hardware co-founder Walter Hachborn. The announcement, made at Home Hardwareâ€™s annual shareholdersâ€™ meeting last week, also introduced Paul Straus, Home Hardwareâ€™s Vice-President and CEO, as President and CEO. Hachborn will remain on as President Emeritus.
In addition, Terry Davis, Home Hardwareâ€™s Vice-President Administration and Strategic Planning, was appointed Executive Vice-President and COO.
In an exclusive interview with Straus at the dealer market, he shared some of his thoughts and vision for Home Hardware. He started by pointing out that 2009 was a strong year for his dealers, despite the downturn in the economy. In fact, retail sales by all dealers were down by only 1.4%, while the bottom-line increase to the co-opâ€™s surcharge adjustment profit-sharing allotment was up 9.47%. â€œWe had the best results in the history of the company,â€ he says.
The reasons, he says, were simple. â€œThe independents all have skin in the game and they know their community. And they know how to adjust when things get tight.â€ From head office, Home tried to help dealers stay focused on their business. â€œWe were coaching our people to continue focusing on their customers.â€
The company also used the recession as a chance to step up advertising and promotion when other companies might have pulled back. Homeâ€™s advertising budget was up 20% last year.
The company has also been positioning its dealers as destination shops for more upscale, design-minded products. Homeâ€™s own paint brand, Beauti-Tone, gave a new look to its high-end label, â€œDesigner Seriesâ€. That positioning was backed by a series of paint seminars conducted for 720 staff across the country.
â€œThereâ€™s more awareness of Beauti-Tone paint through the designer world,â€ says Straus.
(To view a full interview with Paul Straus
on Hardlines TV, click here. â€”Michael)
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TruServ cleans up books in 2009
WINNIPEG â€” On the heels of its latest dealer market here, TruServ Canada, the dealer-owned co-op corporation, reports that 2009 wasnâ€™t such a bad year after all.
According to Bill Morrison, President and CEO of TruServ Canada, the direction from the board has been to clean up its balance sheet. As a result, the company is working to manage its cash flow more efficiently and pay off debt â€” such as the investment in new computer systems introduced a year earlier â€” in anticipation of higher lending interest rates.
As a result, even though sales were down by an estimated $70 million to $600 million for all TruServ dealers, profits improved over 2008 by $500,000. That money gets turned back to the dealers themselves.
â€œThe decline felt by the industry was also felt by TruServ,â€ says Morrison, â€œmostly in Alberta and British Columbia. But those dealers were in a much better mood at last weekâ€™s show,â€ he adds.
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RONA stops selling inefficient toilets
BOUCHERVILLE, Que. â€” RONA, the giant Canadian home improvement distributor and retailer, will stop selling conventional toilets with tanks over six litres in volume. The announcement, made on Earth Day (April 22), reflects RONAâ€™s recognition of the technological advances in low-flow toilets and a belief that tanks over six litres no longer represent an ecological option.
â€œAccording to Environment Canada, Canadians consume over 300 litres of potable water per day, nearly a third of which goes into toilets,â€ said Normand Dumont, RONAâ€™s Executive Vice-President of Merchandising. â€œFor RONA, ending sales of toilets over six litres is a way of supporting our customers in their efforts to adopt responsible practices for a sustainable community.â€
RONA is also encouraging consumers to further conserve water by using low-flow shower heads, aerated faucets and rainwater recovery systems.
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Why Home Depot wants Canadians to go green
TORONTO â€” The recent release by Home Depot Canada of a â€œGreen Indexâ€ gauging the environmental responsiveness of Canadians does more than just give the home improvement retailer another headline in the news.
â€œIt goes beyond the Green Index,â€ says Gino Digioacchino, Vice-President Merchandising for Home Depot Canada. It gives the retailer a way of measuring the concerns of its consumers against Home Depotâ€™s own environmental initiatives. â€œWeâ€™re trying to understand where the Canadian consumer stands with the environment. It helps tell us how to understand the needs of consumers so we know what to do to educate those consumers â€” and our vendors.â€
A leadership role is what Digioacchino insists Home Depot take. He cites the companyâ€™s move to ban synthetic pesticides in its stores. â€œThatâ€™s a bold step and thatâ€™s a leadership role.â€
He also believes that leadership means educating consumers. That education includes a number of programs that help promote Home Depot, but also build awareness of lifestyle choices among its customers. For example, The Home Depot Canadaâ€™s annual Mow Down Pollution program is running all this week. Now in its 10th year, the program, a marketing partnership with Summerhill Impact, challenges consumers to bring in their gas-powered lawn and garden equipment to Home Depot stores and receive a rebate ranging from $10 to $100.
Environment Canada estimates that lawnmowers, leaf blowers and weed trimmers create about 9% of Canada's total mobile air emissions. Over the past nine years, Mow Down Pollution has recycled more than 34,000 gas lawnmowers and trimmers, preventing the release of more than 1,100 tonnes of greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions.
Another promotion, â€œGo Low-Flowâ€, is a program to reduce water use. â€œWe sold more than 40,000 low-flow toilets in two days â€” vs. about 4,000 in a typical week â€” and we tie in vendors to the program that can provide solutions.
â€œWeâ€™ve saved a huge amount of water by converting people to low-flow.â€
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DIRECTOR OF VENDOR RELATIONS, PURCHASING, EDMONTON, AB
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