The shifting landscape: Brexit and the Scottish Question

In the week that Theresa May let it be known that the UK government would be formally notifying the European Union of its decision to leave the bloc, it is worth noting whom the Prime Minister did not inform prior to taking the momentous decision. Step forward one Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, […]

France’s elections: the possible game changer

As a government affairs specialist based in Brussels, observing the EU institutions at the moment is a bit like watching Sylvester Stallone taking beating after beating in one of the Rocky movies. Rocky is European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and Apollo Creed is Brexit, Mr T is of course, Donald Trump, but the worst opponent […]

The Prospects for Global Trade

As the UK prepares to notify its European partners of its intention to leave the EU, via the triggering of Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the prospects for the global trading system are looking decidedly fragile. This is not good news for the home improvement industry, our sector has benefited enormously from the development […]

Moving to the Platform Era

Big Box retail stores are losing their relevance, while other channels and formats such as e- and mobile- commerce, specialty and pop-up stores, small formats and showrooms grow in appeal. Latest studies support the idea that customers no longer want to shop anonymously in large stores, surrounded by shelves stacked high and deep. As a […]

The EU really has a communications problem

2017The EU project took two massive blows in 2016. Brexit, obviously, but of even greater concern, the arrival of Donald Trump. Trump is the first US President who is openly hostile to the European Union, and who makes no secret of his wish to break it up. If you want to get an idea of […]

Fast fashion and some lessons for all of us

At EDRA, we think the biggest upheavals facing retail over the next ten years are digitisation, robotisation and sustainability. And while it is always very exciting talking about first two subjects, which are all about the new innovations playing out in our malls and how shopping is going to get easier, more personal and frankly, […]

Brexit and Trump: Facing New Global Challenges

Both topics to be discussed at the 5th Global DIY Summit 2017 in Berlin Before the June 23 vote in the United Kingdom in favor of leaving the European Union, economic data and financial market developments suggested that the global economy was evolving broadly as forecast in the April 2016 World Economic Outlook (WEO). However, […]

The Consumer Driven Economy

The reality in 2017, is that the consumer is now largely in charge of dictating the terms of shopping with their chosen retailer. This has come about through rapid developments in the cloud, through major advances in mobile technologies, and the growth of social media, which have combined together to empower customers to research and […]

The Risks for Europe in the Era of Donald Trump

The Risks for Europe in the Era of Donald Trump by Alisdair Gray,  International Analyst for the Global DIY Summit We have all probably become used to the unthinkable happening by now. Because in the last few months, the unthinkable has happened twice. First Brexit, and now President Trump. Two outcomes that polling experts, political […]

Getting to the root causes of forced labour in the supply chain

The global value chain has opened up enormous opportunities for retailers and manufacturers to source and produce high quality goods that are affordable for customers. But while bringing huge benefits, managing highly complex supply chains while ensuring goods are produced in a way that does not infringe the human rights of others still proves difficult. […]

The Future of DIY Retail

The retail experience hasn’t really changed much in 200 years. But today, there are several important and rapidly evolving transformations taking place in the way retailers and their customers interact. Taken together, these new developments are revolutionising the way we think about the shopping experience in Do-It-Yourself or home improvement. Most noticeably, innovation and technology […]

Global DIY Market worth 538 billion €

In 2015, the DIY/home improvement world market turnover reached 538 billion €, an increase of 3% compared to last year. North America and Europe combined represent 86% of this world market, although their joint population accounts for only 23 % of the world population. The DIY markets of these two continents sum 463 billion €. […]

What retailers in the UK want from Brexit

The eventual terms of Brexit will have a profound impact on retailers operating in the UK. But we won’t know the shape of the Brexit agreement for some time now, possibly not until early 2018, when negotiations between the EU and UK under Article 50 of the EU Treaty have advanced significantly. A hard Brexit, […]