Hardware Store Industry in Germany, Switzerland and Austria – Stable Development

Hardware- and building supplies’ stores in Germany, Switzerland and Austria look back on a positive year 2012. Germany registered a slight sales drop while the markets in Austria and Switzerland increased slightly.

Hardware stores in Germany made a turnover of 18.6 billion Euros which is 0.6 per cent less than in 2011. BHB speaker Erich Huwer commented: “This means that the sales figures are still at a good level and nearly stable.” The BHB declared that considering the European debt crisis and the bad weather conditions in 2012 these numbers are satisfactory.

The Hardware store industry in Austria made a combined turnover of 2.2 billion Euros which means a sales growth of 1.7 per cent compared to last year. For comparison: The total retail industry of Austria had a sales growth of 1.1 per cent in 2012.

Switzerland shows a positive development as well. While 2011 was more of a difficult year for the industry, the combined turnover in 2012 was 1.85 billion Euros, which is a growth of 4.6 per cent compared to last year.

Further Information: bhb.org

 

Telegraph Chooses Best Hedge Shears in UK

From time to time every hedge needs a trimming. But what are the best shears to use for cutting thick wooden branches or for skillful topiary gardening? The gardening department of the Daily Telegraph wanted to find out which tools are the most effective for cutting the green and tested several hedge trimmers from different developers.

There were two winners in the all-rounder category: The new ARS KR-1000 from Sorbus with its angled precision blades, rubber bumpers to reduce stress and replaceable blades and the Fiskars PowerGear hedge shear, which was also voted best lightweight shear. Another Fiskars model was among the finalists: the Quantum has light and strong aluminum handles with cork inlay for grip and comfort, ideal for light trimmings.

When it comes to topiary cutting the Jakoti hand shears convinced the testers. The one handed trimmer is described as extremely sharp and very accurate and easy to use.

Spear & Jackson is represented with two hedge shears as well: The 4868SS/09 hand shears have chunky and wide wooden handles which help cutting thicker materials. According to the Telegraph they are best suited for native country hedges while the 8175RS model is better for a formal evergreen hedge.

The RHS-endorsed topiary hedge shears from Burgon & Ball were voted best in the budget category. They are super lightweight, have comfy handles and for the price of 29.95 GBP they offer good quality for money according to the testers.

Further Information: Telegraph.co.uk

3 questions to: Stephanie Mangold-Gencel

Troas is a producer and exporter of natural stones from Turkey. Their product range includes ornamental stones, erratic boulders and granite setts. The stones are being shipped all over the world. The ornamental stones are being used mostly for exterior decoration, but can also be used for interiors. Stephanie Mangold-Gencel is working in distribution since 2006.

Troas offers a wide range of natural stones. Where do you get the stones from?
Mangold-Gencel:
The stones are broken down in Turkish stone pits. Then they are tumbled in a barrel where they get their round form. Depending on the type of stone this process can take four to twenty hours.

Who are your customers?
Mangold-Gencel:
We ship to any company which will buy a whole container – around 25 tons. Right now we are selling to 45 countries all over the world. Our customers are mostly natural stone dealers but also hardware stores and landscape gardeners.

How many different kinds of stone do you sell?
Mangold-Gencel:
We have an assortment of 41 different types of pebbles and broken down ornamental stones. There are all kinds of colors available, from white to grey, green and red tones and also black.

Further information: troas.com.tr

Improving the Garden Centre Industry Worldwide

The International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) provides valuable benefits for members around the world. Its key event each year is the International Garden Centre Congress held in a different country every year and provides unrivalled networking opportunities for members. The Congress sees over 200 of the best Garden Centre operators in the world meet together for one week and visit the best in Garden Centre retailing that the host country has to offer.

Milton Vadoulis from Vadoulis Plants Plus, Australia said: “We are a long way from the rest of the world in Australia but by attending IGCA Congresses, I have been able to see the latest trends in plants, catering, giftware and all other garden-related products. The Congress has helped me improve my business plus lift sales and profitability. The networking and communication opportunities with my peers provided by the Congress are an added benefit for my business.” John Zaplatynsky from Gardenworks, Canada said: “I have attended five Congresses now and there is no doubt that the ideas I have picked up have made a huge difference to my business. I now have friends in Garden Centres around the world and we discuss trends as well as very important business statistics such as wages to sales, average sale and many other areas that help us all. We are able to exchange ideas with members via Facebook and get great value out of the quarterly International E-News. One important aspect of the Congress is a working programme for younger employees and managers.”

The International Garden Centre Association is an independent not for profit organization committed to the continuous improvement of the international garden centre industry through co-operation with global partners to align international, regional and industry agendas. The Congress was held in Germany this August and will be in Australia in 2013 and Ireland in 2014. We ask you to contact us, enquire about joining and start benefiting.

Further information: intgardencentre.org

Improving the Garden Centre Industry Worldwide!

The International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) provides valuable benefits for members around the world. Its key event each year is the International Garden Centre Congress held in a different country every year and provides unrivalled networking opportunities for members. The Congress sees over 200 of the best Garden Centre operators in the world meet together for one week and visit the best in Garden Centre retailing that the host country has to offer.

Milton Vadoulis from Vadoulis Plants Plus, Australia said: “We are a long way from the rest of the world in Australia but by attending IGCA Congresses, I have been able to see the latest trends in plants, catering, giftware and all other garden-related products. The Congress has helped me improve my business plus lift sales and profitability. The networking and communication opportunities with my peers provided by the Congress are an added benefit for my business.” John Zaplatynsky from Gardenworks, Canada said: “I have attended five Congresses now and there is no doubt that the ideas I have picked up have made a huge difference to my business. I now have friends in Garden Centres around the world and we discuss trends as well as very important business statistics such as wages to sales, average sale and many other areas that help us all. We are able to exchange ideas with members via Facebook and get great value out of the quarterly International E-News. One important aspect of the Congress is a working programme for younger employees and managers.”

The International Garden Centre Association is an independent not for profit organization committed to the continuous improvement of the international garden centre industry through co-operation with global partners to align international, regional and industry agendas. The Congress was held in Germany this August and will be in Australia in 2013 and Ireland in 2014. We ask you to contact us, enquire about joining and start benefiting.

For further information: intgardencentre.org