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Meet the merchandisers: Angus Turtle

What is it like to work for Bluestones One? We spoke to Angus Turtle, Grade 3 Merchandiser, to find out about his experiences and what he does on a daily basis.

When did you start working for Bluestones One?

March 2018

How did you find out about the positions at Bluestones One?

I’ve worked in the industry for sometime and heard about Bluestones One from former colleagues.

What do you enjoy about working for Bluestones One?

What I enjoy most about working for Bluestones One is the opportunity to work on lots of diverse contracts and the chance to work on a variety of jobs. I have also been given many opportunities to team lead on the various contracts I have worked throughout the country.

What do you do in a typical work day?

There isn’t really a typical day with Bluestones One, it is really varied which is what I enjoy. One day I could be doing general merchandising in a food store, another day it might be a home & DIY store. Team sizes vary a lot too, depending on the contract – sometimes I could be reading plans on my own or working in a team.

Angus Turtle - Grade 3 Merchandiser
Angus Turtle - Grade 3 Merchandiser

Would you recommend this job to your friends and family?

Yes. Bluestones One is a really well run company – there are lots of opportunities to work in a variety of retailers doing different roles with a group of really great people.

Want to work for us?

Do you want to find out more about working for Bluestones One? Check out all our latest vacancies or get in touch with the team to find out more.

Seasonal opening hours 2019/20

If you would like to get in contact with our merchandising or retail teams over the Christmas break, you can contact us via email on merchandising@bluestonesone.co.uk or via our office numbers, North East 0191 466 1340 or Worksop 01909 495 353.

Here are our full office opening hours during the Christmas period.

North East office

Monday 23rd December – CLOSED – Available via phone
Tuesday 24th December – CLOSED – Available via phone
Wednesday 25th December – CLOSED
Thursday 26th December – CLOSED
Friday 27th December – CLOSED – Available via phone

Monday 30th December – CLOSED – Available via phone
Tuesday 31st December – CLOSED – Available via phone
Wednesday 1st January – CLOSED

Worksop office 

Monday 23rd December – 8.3 0am – 5.30 pm
Tuesday 24th December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Wednesday 25th December – CLOSED
Thursday 26th December – CLOSED
Friday 27th December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm

Monday 30th December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Tuesday 31st December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Wednesday 1st January – CLOSED

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Meet the merchandisers: Angie Little

What is it like to work for Bluestones One? We spoke to Angie Little, Senior Team Leader, to find out about her experiences and what she does on a daily basis.

When did you start working for Bluestones One?

January 2018

How did you find out about the positions at Bluestones One?

I heard that Bluestones One were a great company to work for, so I got in contact with the team to find out more.

What do you enjoy about working for Bluestones One?

I enjoy the different contracts you get to work on. Some, like everything, are quite tasking but to see the end result is a massive acheivement. The people you have working along side you make a difference too.

What opportunities have you been given since working for Bluestones One?

Most of the training, if not all of it, is on the job training. I started as a merchandiser and worked my way through to Senior Team Leader. Everyone is given the same opportunities as everyone else, so it’s up to you how far up the ladder you want to go.

Angie Little - Senior Team Leader
Angie Little - Senior Team Leader

What do you do in a typical work day?

I introduce myself and my team to either the store manager or project manager and tell them what we are there to do. After that I have a walk around the store, familarising myself with what needs to be done. From there, I either prioritise what needs doing first or take instructions from the project manager. Then I brief the team on what we need to achieve on that night, split the jobs between the team and make sure everyone understands their job.

Would you recommend this job to your friends and family?

Yes. It is hard work, but if you’re willing to put in the effort it is enjoyable. The people you work with make a massive difference to your working life. Twelve-hour shifts are not for everyone and travelling to and from different jobs can be tiring and long. But, I don’t think I could go back to doing a 9 – 5 job after doing this. I enjoy what I do.

Want to work for us?

Do you want to find out more about working for Bluestones One? Check out all our latest vacancies or get in touch with the team to find out more.

B&M: New Store Merchandising

B&M: New Store Merchandising

Summary

Bluestones One’s Merchandising Division is the sole supplier for the Dulux merchandising within B&M stores, supplying teams to deliver all merchandising activity across the full store estate, including new store implementation.

Challenges

All stores regardless of their grade are merchandised on a specific day of the week, according to the project requirements for that particular store. The greatest challenge is finding teams that can support the activity for 1 day only, potentially in the middle of the week. We overcome this by having multi-skilled teams throughout the UK and due to the differing types and scales of activity that we have across various retailers, we are able to meet their requirements.

Results

Stores are always delivered on the specified date to a fantastic standard.

Contact our merchandising team

Bluestones have supplied and supported Halfords with Merchandising personnel since 2017 on various projects ranging from refurbishments, relocations and range reviews. Most recently they have helped us deliver the biggest project we have ever undertaken, a space and range project across the whole estate.
Their team leaders and merchandisers that work with us, are professional, well trained with a great skill set and deliver a first-class end product.
Their management team work closely with us to ensure they always understand our requirements. They supply us with core teams to give us consistent levels of service and are a good fit in line with our development programme. This programme can be very fluid and Bluestones are very flexible and can react very quickly to any change in line with this.

Steve – Investment Delivery Manager - Halfords

What I enjoy about working for Bluestones One is the travel and the ability to work in different environments and locations throughout the UK and Ireland. There are different challenges week in, week out and lots of opportunities to meet new people. There are also great progression opportunities – I joined the merchandising division as a Team Leader and now I’m a Senior Team Leader.

Craig - Senior Team Leader

Bluestones One Merchandising has supported several of my projects over many years, these have included new store openings, refits and range change reviews.

New Stores are delivered over 9 days with £1.5m worth of stock merchandised and priced with 99% availability. Refits are over an 8.5 week period in which Bluestones will supply a high level of merchandising on both days and nights. The level of customer service given to valued customers within my business during refits is excellent.

The support from the management team during all projects is first class, always available and willing to help. They also give the teams continued training to grow and develop the skill set of the workforce.

I would be happy to recommend Bluestones to any business wanting to use them within the retail environment.

Barry - Senior Project Manager - Wickes

Our experience working with Bluestones has been a positive one. From the planning stage through to the first week of the project implementation, I have found everyone from Bluestones easy to work with and very professional. The team have delivered on everything they said during the planning stage, suggested ways to overcome potential issues and provided regular updates on progress to date. Having spoken to each of the stores where work has been completed, feedback is consistently good. Professional, safe and customer friendly are regular remarks received from store colleagues. My experience to date gives me confidence in Bluestones and their ability to continue delivering against the high benchmark they have set.

David – In Store Activation Manager – Dulux Decorator Centre

The Range: Cuprinol Project End Change

The Range: Cuprinol Project End Change

Summary

As part of seasonal changes within The Range stores, we were asked to implement the Cuprinol Spring project end change in 160 of the retailer’s stores over a 5 day period. We immobilised our team of merchandisers to cover the length and breadth of the country to complete the project with the timescale and to budget.

Challenges

The biggest challenge with this project was completing a seasonal end change during a busy trading period, however, this was a fairly standard project for our very capable teams.

Results

Although our teams competed with a busy trading period, all stores were 100% compliant and completed on time without the need to revisit a single store.

Contact our merchandising team

Bluestones One Merchandising has supported several of my projects over many years, these have included new store openings, refits and range change reviews.

New Stores are delivered over 9 days with £1.5m worth of stock merchandised and priced with 99% availability. Refits are over an 8.5 week period in which Bluestones will supply a high level of merchandising on both days and nights. The level of customer service given to valued customers within my business during refits is excellent.

The support from the management team during all projects is first class, always available and willing to help. They also give the teams continued training to grow and develop the skill set of the workforce.

I would be happy to recommend Bluestones to any business wanting to use them within the retail environment.

Barry - Senior Project Manager - Wickes

Bluestones have supplied and supported Halfords with Merchandising personnel since 2017 on various projects ranging from refurbishments, relocations and range reviews. Most recently they have helped us deliver the biggest project we have ever undertaken, a space and range project across the whole estate.
Their team leaders and merchandisers that work with us, are professional, well trained with a great skill set and deliver a first-class end product.
Their management team work closely with us to ensure they always understand our requirements. They supply us with core teams to give us consistent levels of service and are a good fit in line with our development programme. This programme can be very fluid and Bluestones are very flexible and can react very quickly to any change in line with this.

Steve – Investment Delivery Manager - Halfords

Our experience working with Bluestones has been a positive one. From the planning stage through to the first week of the project implementation, I have found everyone from Bluestones easy to work with and very professional. The team have delivered on everything they said during the planning stage, suggested ways to overcome potential issues and provided regular updates on progress to date. Having spoken to each of the stores where work has been completed, feedback is consistently good. Professional, safe and customer friendly are regular remarks received from store colleagues. My experience to date gives me confidence in Bluestones and their ability to continue delivering against the high benchmark they have set.

David – In Store Activation Manager – Dulux Decorator Centre

What I enjoy about working for Bluestones One is the travel and the ability to work in different environments and locations throughout the UK and Ireland. There are different challenges week in, week out and lots of opportunities to meet new people. There are also great progression opportunities – I joined the merchandising division as a Team Leader and now I’m a Senior Team Leader.

Craig - Senior Team Leader

Homebase: Masonry Range Review

Homebase: Masonry Range Review

Summary

Bluestones One’s Merchandising Division is proud to be the sole supplier for the Dulux merchandising activity in the UK and Ireland. The first project our team completed for Dulux was the Homebase Masonry Review which spanned across 168 UK and Ireland stores. The stores varied in size from 3 to 6 bays.

Challenges

The full store estate had to be completed within a 3-week window prior to Easter. This timescale meant the project had to be routed in an efficient way to ensure costs and our carbon footprint were kept to a minimum whilst delivering 100% compliance and exceptional service. The greatest challenge of the project was overcoming unforeseen differences between the planned number of bays to complete versus the actual number of bays upon arrival.

Results

We successfully completed the Range Review, on time without the need to revisit a single store.

By using our online reporting platform, we were able to give all key stakeholders full live access to the project progress throughout.

Contact our merchandising team

What I enjoy about working for Bluestones One is the travel and the ability to work in different environments and locations throughout the UK and Ireland. There are different challenges week in, week out and lots of opportunities to meet new people. There are also great progression opportunities – I joined the merchandising division as a Team Leader and now I’m a Senior Team Leader.

Craig - Senior Team Leader

Bluestones have supplied and supported Halfords with Merchandising personnel since 2017 on various projects ranging from refurbishments, relocations and range reviews. Most recently they have helped us deliver the biggest project we have ever undertaken, a space and range project across the whole estate.
Their team leaders and merchandisers that work with us, are professional, well trained with a great skill set and deliver a first-class end product.
Their management team work closely with us to ensure they always understand our requirements. They supply us with core teams to give us consistent levels of service and are a good fit in line with our development programme. This programme can be very fluid and Bluestones are very flexible and can react very quickly to any change in line with this.

Steve – Investment Delivery Manager - Halfords

Bluestones One Merchandising has supported several of my projects over many years, these have included new store openings, refits and range change reviews.

New Stores are delivered over 9 days with £1.5m worth of stock merchandised and priced with 99% availability. Refits are over an 8.5 week period in which Bluestones will supply a high level of merchandising on both days and nights. The level of customer service given to valued customers within my business during refits is excellent.

The support from the management team during all projects is first class, always available and willing to help. They also give the teams continued training to grow and develop the skill set of the workforce.

I would be happy to recommend Bluestones to any business wanting to use them within the retail environment.

Barry - Senior Project Manager - Wickes

Our experience working with Bluestones has been a positive one. From the planning stage through to the first week of the project implementation, I have found everyone from Bluestones easy to work with and very professional. The team have delivered on everything they said during the planning stage, suggested ways to overcome potential issues and provided regular updates on progress to date. Having spoken to each of the stores where work has been completed, feedback is consistently good. Professional, safe and customer friendly are regular remarks received from store colleagues. My experience to date gives me confidence in Bluestones and their ability to continue delivering against the high benchmark they have set.

David – In Store Activation Manager – Dulux Decorator Centre

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Valspar Paint Unit Installation

Valspar Paint Unit Installation

Summary

Bluestones One Installation team is proud to have supported Valspar Paint with their new paint unit rollout across 60 UK stores.

Challenges

Each store could only be completed in a single overnight installation, so the logistical planning of the project was essential. Prior visits to the stores also had to be scheduled in to ensure the sites were ready and the areas were clear before the teams arrived to complete the installation.

The Bluestones One Installation team also had to compete with schedule changes, having to adapt quickly to ensure the project stayed on time and to budget.

Results

The whole project took a total of 3 weeks, with 20 stores completed a week using 4 teams across the country.

By understanding and adhering to bespoke risk assessment and method statements, the Installation team delivered the project within budget with a 100% success rate on the completed install at each site.

Contact our installation team

Our experience working with Bluestones has been a positive one. From the planning stage through to the first week of the project implementation, I have found everyone from Bluestones easy to work with and very professional. The team have delivered on everything they said during the planning stage, suggested ways to overcome potential issues and provided regular updates on progress to date. Having spoken to each of the stores where work has been completed, feedback is consistently good. Professional, safe and customer friendly are regular remarks received from store colleagues. My experience to date gives me confidence in Bluestones and their ability to continue delivering against the high benchmark they have set.

David – In Store Activation Manager – Dulux Decorator Centre

What I enjoy about working for Bluestones One is the travel and the ability to work in different environments and locations throughout the UK and Ireland. There are different challenges week in, week out and lots of opportunities to meet new people. There are also great progression opportunities – I joined the merchandising division as a Team Leader and now I’m a Senior Team Leader.

Craig - Senior Team Leader

Bluestones One Merchandising has supported several of my projects over many years, these have included new store openings, refits and range change reviews.

New Stores are delivered over 9 days with £1.5m worth of stock merchandised and priced with 99% availability. Refits are over an 8.5 week period in which Bluestones will supply a high level of merchandising on both days and nights. The level of customer service given to valued customers within my business during refits is excellent.

The support from the management team during all projects is first class, always available and willing to help. They also give the teams continued training to grow and develop the skill set of the workforce.

I would be happy to recommend Bluestones to any business wanting to use them within the retail environment.

Barry - Senior Project Manager - Wickes

Bluestones have supplied and supported Halfords with Merchandising personnel since 2017 on various projects ranging from refurbishments, relocations and range reviews. Most recently they have helped us deliver the biggest project we have ever undertaken, a space and range project across the whole estate.
Their team leaders and merchandisers that work with us, are professional, well trained with a great skill set and deliver a first-class end product.
Their management team work closely with us to ensure they always understand our requirements. They supply us with core teams to give us consistent levels of service and are a good fit in line with our development programme. This programme can be very fluid and Bluestones are very flexible and can react very quickly to any change in line with this.

Steve – Investment Delivery Manager - Halfords

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Total Interiors: Truck Tyre Racking Project

Total Interiors: Truck Tyre Racking Project

Summary

Bluestones One’s Installation team is proud to have worked in partnership with Total Interiors to build an effective storage solution for a warehouse storing truck tyres.

Challenges

Before seeking a new solution, the warehouse was only fit for storing pallets of tyres on the floor. This heavily affected the warehouse’s storage capabilities and limited the number of new deliveries they could accept.

The warehouse required a solution that would allow easy assess to the tyres, but also improve storage capabilities and the ability to quickly and efficiently accept and store new deliveries. Along with partner Total Interiors, our Installation team offered a cost-effective solution which ticked all of the client’s boxes.

Results

Before implementing the new pallet racking, the warehouse could only store 124 pallets of tyres. Our team, in partnership with Total Interiors, installed 96 bays of pallet racking, with 24 bays having 2 levels and 72 bays have 3 levels. The new storage system can now hold a total of 372 pallets of tyres which can now be catalogued for easier picking.

Contact our installation team

Bluestones One Merchandising has supported several of my projects over many years, these have included new store openings, refits and range change reviews.

New Stores are delivered over 9 days with £1.5m worth of stock merchandised and priced with 99% availability. Refits are over an 8.5 week period in which Bluestones will supply a high level of merchandising on both days and nights. The level of customer service given to valued customers within my business during refits is excellent.

The support from the management team during all projects is first class, always available and willing to help. They also give the teams continued training to grow and develop the skill set of the workforce.

I would be happy to recommend Bluestones to any business wanting to use them within the retail environment.

Barry - Senior Project Manager - Wickes

Bluestones have supplied and supported Halfords with Merchandising personnel since 2017 on various projects ranging from refurbishments, relocations and range reviews. Most recently they have helped us deliver the biggest project we have ever undertaken, a space and range project across the whole estate.
Their team leaders and merchandisers that work with us, are professional, well trained with a great skill set and deliver a first-class end product.
Their management team work closely with us to ensure they always understand our requirements. They supply us with core teams to give us consistent levels of service and are a good fit in line with our development programme. This programme can be very fluid and Bluestones are very flexible and can react very quickly to any change in line with this.

Steve – Investment Delivery Manager - Halfords

What I enjoy about working for Bluestones One is the travel and the ability to work in different environments and locations throughout the UK and Ireland. There are different challenges week in, week out and lots of opportunities to meet new people. There are also great progression opportunities – I joined the merchandising division as a Team Leader and now I’m a Senior Team Leader.

Craig - Senior Team Leader

Our experience working with Bluestones has been a positive one. From the planning stage through to the first week of the project implementation, I have found everyone from Bluestones easy to work with and very professional. The team have delivered on everything they said during the planning stage, suggested ways to overcome potential issues and provided regular updates on progress to date. Having spoken to each of the stores where work has been completed, feedback is consistently good. Professional, safe and customer friendly are regular remarks received from store colleagues. My experience to date gives me confidence in Bluestones and their ability to continue delivering against the high benchmark they have set.

David – In Store Activation Manager – Dulux Decorator Centre

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How will shopping be different in the future?

How we shop and where we shop has already changed dramatically within the last 5 years (even within the previous year), and it will continue to change dramatically as consumer behaviours, technology and environmental demands evolve.

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Michael Brett joins Bluestones One

We’re very pleased to welcome Michael Brett to Bluestones One. Michael will be working with the Retail division of Bluestones One as Operations Manager. In his role, Michael will be overseeing the provision of services, ensuring the division is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible and the expectations and needs of clients are exceeded.

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