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Something old, something new, something borrowed - something blue?

Totally DIY and Tools

Finding new product suppliers at the Totally DIY & Tools show is a bit like getting married: promises to be fulfilled and a business lifetime of fruitful co-operation to come. Using the old wedding-day charms rhyme, we’re taking a look at what’s on the horizon at Totally 2017, products to help you make a profitable marriage between your retailing business and your local customer-base.

Firstly let’s start with ‘something old’: Britain’s ageing population. Totally exhibitor SnapitScrew, the glasses repair specialists, sees a bright business future ahead for their products: “We know that with Britain’s demographic getting ever older, there’s only going to be an increasing market for the SnapitScrew,” says director Stephen Linnecar

There’s plenty of choice in the ‘something new’ category at Totally 2017. First-time exhibitors include Fix-A-Floor, with a new problem-solving under-tile product, and TrigJig with their digital adjustable skirting and coving mitring tools for awkward corners and spaces. Another first-time exhibitor is kitchenwares, tools and accessories specialists Globiz Ltd. Their marketing manager Evelyn Duro tells us: “Totally DIY & Tools is our first opportunity to launch our products to UK retailers. We want to expand our UK business and are looking to meet our new business partners,” Evelyn Duro relates. “We are launching our Handy range of tools, toolboxes and our Phenom range of lighting at the Totally show. These sell well throughout our international business - we have a number of retailers and distributors all around the EU.”

Helping to prevent incidences of ‘something borrowed’ is Pryor Marking, a first-time exhibitor at Totally in the company’s 167-year history of creating marking technologies. Sales director Alastair Morris says there are a number of profitable ways to view security marking equipment: “We're bringing our hand-held marking tools to the show, which range upwards from a £10 hand stamp to the latest technology in laser marking and engraving. Our hand-held kits can be used by manufacturers for part-number or security number marking, or by merchants and retailers to stamp their brand details against theft and fraud. Merchants can also use the date and number marking kit to offer a security marking service to their customers,” Alastair Morris affirms.

For the ‘something blue category’, regular Totally exhibitor Sterling Burg-Wächter have at least two entries, the first being a BlueTooth-enabled smart lock. Marketing Manager Matthew Parkes explains: “Innovation is essential to the security market and our ‘secuEntry’ smart lock is an example. The Bluetooth-enabled smart cylinder lock replaces any standard euro cylinder and is operated by a fingerprint swipe, by touch using a smartphone, or by keypad.” Sterling Burg-Wächter are also showing their sleek and shiny range of high-impact plastic post-boxes, their Piano range, which come in eight colours – including a sophisticated dark blue.

All things considered, a visit to Totally DIY & Tools 2017 could be the making of many profitable marriages between visitors and suppliers. Join us for a celebration of tools and DIY products dedicated to trade-only visitors on 14th & 15th February at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. 

For more information on the show, click here.

Source: Insight DIY & Totally Tools Team

06 December 2016

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