The Global DIY Summit is the world’s leading event for retailers and manufacturers from the home improvement and garden centre industry. It is a unique opportunity to exchange views on current and future developments within the global market with the industry’s leading players. The Summit is being jointly hosted by the two leading European DIY professional organisations, EDRA (European DIY-Retail Association) and fediyma (European Federation of DIY Manufacturers), and the first global representation of interest of DIY trade, ghin (Global Home Improvement Network).
This year the motto of our event is "End of an Era – A Glimpse into the Future of Home Improvement". The planet we live in is more competitive and more challenging for retailers and manufacturers than ever before. The barriers to entry to the retail market are quickly becoming non-existent as the Internet is opening up the world for business.
The digital transformation in retail has forced brands around the world to embrace and adopt websites, social media and, most recently, the mobile web. The ongoing disruption is making retail a hot bed of innovation and an industry in which the most ingenious brands thrive.
Furthermore, with the rise of Internet of Things and Smart Homes, disruptors have also entered our industry! We are now on the edge of a new era of innovation in home improvement where many companies have to transform themselves or they will simply disappear.
So how did we get here? How did we land in this exciting yet disruptive age of retail? What will be the impact of these changes in home improvement? In light of this technological revolution, leadership from our industry’s top decision-makers has become a key element. Today, DIY leaders are expected to cut a new path in the marketplace for their organization, to disrupt business as usual.