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PPG Pittsburgh Paints unveils mobile visualizer

BY HBSDealer Staff

PPG Pittsburgh Paints has released the mobile version of its The Voice of Color Paint Your Own Room Visualizer with PPG EasyEdge Technology, providing homeowners with an all-in-one digital tool that works directly from their tablet device’s mobile browser. The Voice of Color Paint Your Own Room Visualizer allows homeowners to use their tablet’s browser and camera together to take a photo and virtually paint a room through a single process.

The mobile visualizer allows homeowners to envision any color in the PPG Pittsburgh Paints line on their walls. It also allows homeowners to find their nearest PPG Pittsburgh Paints store.

"Over the past three years, we have seen a significant rise in traffic to The Voice of Color website coming from mobile devices, which coupled with the increased reliance on tablets and smartphones helped spur the development of the patent pending mobile version of the Paint Your Own Room Visualizer," said Dee Schlotter, brand manager, The Voice of Color program of the PPG Pittsburgh Paints brand. "Homeowners who had previously not been able to use the Visualizer can now have access anywhere they go." 

The Paint Your Own Room Visualizer uses the PPG EasyEdge Technology, providing virtual painters with control and detail. Homeowners simply touch the desired color and drag it to the wall they want to paint. 

Data and painted room images are saved on the Cloud, giving homeowners access to all of their stored information from any point of contact. 

To access the Paint Your Own Room Visualizer, visit: voiceofcolor.com/digital-color/paint-color-visualizer

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for May 3, 2013

*Western – regional species perimeter foundation; Southern – regional species slab construction.

Crow’s Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow’s Weekly Market Report.

Lumber: Trading chugged along at a modest pace, leaving SPF lumber again susceptible to deteriorating prices. Buyers noted that some mills appeared to have cleaned up their lists from sales the prior week while others continued to look for orders more aggressively. Limited participation from buyers in the Southern Pine lumber market left prices weak once again. Buyers tended to fill only their most pressing needs with volumes available for quick shipment. Demand remained too light to slow the downward momentum found in Coastal species lumber pricing. Buyers had the ability to stand firmly on the sidelines while producers and secondaries with unsold positions competed for sales at lower price levels. Inland producers saw little enough action to reduce their tendencies to discount, leaving most of the heavy competition to distributors and wholesalers who had wood to move. Radiata Pine is available in both 5/4 and 6/4 Mldg&Btr and Shop, although Shop prices are unchanged this week. Mldg&Btr and Shop activity has moderated over the last few weeks, especially in Ponderosa Pine, with most producers processing the species in a seasonal change. Mill level action for Ponderosa Pine 4/4 boards is being distorted by seasonal increases in Ponderosa Pine production. Eastern White Pine producers report that they sense a "general market weakness," but most are still moving the volumes they need in order to keep reasonable mill order files. Idaho White Pine sales have been sporadic and focused on highly mixed truckloads. More evidence that a number of distribution yards carried ample volumes of Western Red Cedar appeared. Weather remained a barrier to consumption in the Rocky Mountain States and upper Midwest. Rains in the South limited consumption further.

Panels: Late in the week, volume purchases of OSB put an immediate brake on price declines, and a little positive attitude began to flow into the OSB market. Enough chaos was gone to give mills fortitude to stop deep discounting and even to move their numbers up a bit in some cases. Producers and secondaries reported slow trading in the Southern Pine plywood market, leading to price cuts. Trying to maintain some cushion, producers discounted to push order files into the weeks of May 13 and 20. A lack of demand for Western Fir plywood continued to infuse weakness into the market. Buyers continued to hold out, sensing more downside risk still left in prices. In Canadian plywood, producers reported varying degrees of discounting for most of the week. Buyers were able to get loads at prices ranging from one to five points off accepted lists. Particleboard buyers in the Southeast continued to look west for supplies, finding it difficult to locate all of their needs in the Southeast. MDF sales remained steady.

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Challenged by weather, Scotts sales slip

BY Ken Clark

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro posted net sales of $1.02 billion in the second quarter ended March 30, down 13% from $1.17 billion a year ago. 

Net income of $100.0 million declined from $127.2 million in the prior-year quarter.

The year-over-year decline primarily was attributable to a significant delay in the start of the lawn and garden season in nearly all North American and European markets due to a colder than normal March, the company said. 

“Although the weather presented obvious challenges in March, the resilience of the lawn and garden category and the strength of our brands became evident as soon as the season broke at the beginning of April," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. "Consumer purchases of our products in the U.S., which were down more than 25% on a fiscal year-to-date basis entering April, are down 9% through May 5 after five consecutive weeks of strong year-over-year growth.”

Scotts LawnService sales declined 8% to $32.9 million in the second quarter, compared with $35.9 million during the same quarter a year ago.

Hagedorn said consumer purchases for the first five weeks of the third quarter are up 19%.

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