DIY rage creates empty shelves: often no brush anymore

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                              While hardware stores are doing what they can to replenish supplies, our massive odd job is causing shortages at many stores. The paint department is experiencing a storm. Regularly there is no more brush or paint roller available. "We now have to be creative in our purchasing." 

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        <p>We are doing some work on this crisis. Since March 12, staying home has been the motto to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Since then, hardware stores and do-it-yourself shops are par excellence.

A huge peak was already visible in March. In the third week of March, hardware stores combined more than 50 percent more compared to a year earlier. Over the entire month of March, turnover was about a quarter more – the largest increase since 2005 – which also increased the quarterly turnover of the DIY industry by 13.6 percent, Statistics Netherlands reported.

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        <h2>Shortages are increasing</h2>

Hardware stores are still seeing an increase in the number of sales and visits. The demand for certain products is so great that many branches are now experiencing shortages, according to a tour of RTL Z in the traditionally busy week of Ascension Day.

This mainly concerns products that are already doing well in this period: garden items, wood and building materials and paint products such as brushes, rollers, paint trays and sandpaper.

“The turnover rates of these products are fast,” said spokesman Desiree Schelle of Intergamma, the parent company of the 350 Dutch DIY stores of Gamma and Karwei. “Paint remains the most accessible job and people look a little more at their house in these times. But nobody could have predicted that the demand would increase that way.”

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        <h2>From shipping to aviation</h2>

Where many hardware store companies continue to ship these items from Asia in particular, they now opt for air freight. This is partly due to the enormous demand and partly because factories in China and Southern Europe, among others, have been down for weeks.

By flying in products, Intergamma says it will save six weeks. Schelle: “A lot usually goes by sea, with long delivery times. We now have to be creative in our purchasing.”

Do-it-yourself chain Praxis, where mainly stocks of paint-related products are shrinking, has opted for the same method. “We are constantly looking for alternatives in the market. We have flown in extra stock from China and the paint accessories factories in Southern Europe are now underway,” the company says.

Praxis, which, like other market players, suffered from transport problems due to the closure of borders, aims to restore the stocks in its 193 stores as quickly as possible.

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