merchants

Plumbers lose 120 working hours a year when buying products in-person  

Plumbers are losing hundreds of working hours each year by having to delay jobs to go shopping for work-related goods, new research has revealed.  The study by specialist online retailer, ElectricalDirect, asked tradespeople how much time they spend doing work-related shopping, including driving to stores, parking, browsing and paying. On average, people spend almost two and a half hours a week on such tasks, which equates to nearly […]

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Screwfix launching Screwfix Sprint – A rapid delivery service

Screwfix is launching a rapid delivery service called Screwfix Sprint that will deliver orders direct to site, within 60 minutes. Following a successful trial, Screwfix will begin to roll-out the service, which will meet the growing demand for speed and convenience from Britain’s tradespeople. The latest delivery proposition will mean customers who need urgent supplies […]

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What is the future for heating and plumbing merchants?

In his exclusive Unfiltered column for Installer, Tim Pollard looks at the recent changes for heating and plumbing merchants, and what the future may hold: The merchanting industry has certainly had an eventful couple of years. I joined the industry some 33 years ago at the start of the rise of the ‘Big 3’. In those […]

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Toolstation opens 500th store

Toolstation opened the doors of its 500th store on Monday 26th July in New Malden – bringing essential products to local trade and DIY customers. To celebrate the fantastic milestone, Toolstation will be hosting a grand store opening on Thursday 5 August in which customers can come down and enjoy a variety of celebratory activities, […]

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Travis Perkins opening new site in Farnborough

Travis Perkins will open its new site in Farnborough later in September, creating up to 21 new jobs. The roles include a branch apprentice, a Benchmarx kitchen designer, a yard manager, a tool hire driver and fitter, a HGV Driver and four yard sales positions. Branch manager John Gillings said: “The growing demand for building […]

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