Retail & Procurement

Hardware

Industry Overview

The hardlines and DIY industries across the USA are dominated by Home Depot, Lowe’s and ACE.  These large retail chains see hardware as a lucrative opportunity to capture market share and engage with the consumer.

Competition is fierce from big-box home improvement stores, through to the trade elements of their business.  Consumers demand range, low prices and excellence customer service and product knowledge at the coal face.

To support these operations, clean and accurate master data provides the cornerstone to store operations and online trading.  Industry working groups have pushed through the barriers and enforced global standards for numbering & barcodes, data sync and increase their focus on B2B and also B2C channels. The industry will continue to implement systems that support a more efficient supply chain and trading environment.