FLASH is a summary of this week's news articles on the Hardware News Network website, at hnn.bz. We give you a quick guide to what's new on the site, and talk about what we're writing, and why we're writing it.
HNN Flash 76
In this end of year episode, Betty and Scott look back over the hardware year. What stood out for us was the HBT conference at the end of 2020 (which we covered in 2021), the acquisition by Bunnings of Beaumont Tiles, and the growth in power tool retailing for tradies, which was sparked by changes in the power tool industry itself.
HNN Flash #75
In this episode we take a deep dive in the results for Metcash, including those for its hardware division, which includes IHG and Total Tools. We drill down into what the real (organic) EBIT was for hardware, and talk about the potential for conflict between Mitre 10 and HTH trying to sell power tools and their accessories, and the new, expanded Total Tools.
HNN Flash 74: Do building approval stats show a shift in home ownership patterns?
The ABS has released its stats for building approvals through to October 2021. HNN has delved deeply into these, and in Flash 74 we look at whether approvals have shifted more to regional areas, and what the balance is for each state between detached house approvals and non-house (multi-unit) approvals. Our conclusion? Victoria shows a distinct shift, but not so much New South Wales. Listen up to learn more.
HNN FLASH 73: Roy Morgan's view on post-COVID retail growth
HNN drills down and analyses a presentation by Roy Morgan that sets out the company's predictions for retail sales through to the end of2021, and for the first quarter of calendar 2022.
To view the YouTube presentation this podcast is analysing, go to:
HNN FLASH PODCAST 72: Ryobi launches Link storage solution
Ryobi has launched its Link storage solution in the US market. It is illustrative of a shift in the markets as TTI sees them.
HNN FLASH PODCAST 71
James Hardie is using social media to interact directly with its end-customers. Also, what did Bunnings have in mind when it produced its most recent video series, "Make It Happen"? Where the previous series, "Make It Yours", explored social media influencers and was aimed at Millennials and Gen-Z, "Make It Happen" is seeking an older audience. Does that point towards an opportunity for independent hardware retailers?