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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

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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 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

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

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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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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You can read our Privacy Policy HERE

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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Racking net project

Racking net project

Summary

Bluestones One’s Installation team is proud to have supported one of the UK’s biggest retailers. The retailer required a solution to prevent dangerous situations occurring due to the potential for pallets to fall from the warehouse racking.

Our team provided an effective solution to combat this potential issue – the installation team proposed installing safety netting to all the racking to prevent pallets falling.

Challenges

Due to the nature of this product, our teams had to work at height to install the safety netting. We ensured that we carefully selected a team with the necessary skills and experience to complete this project in a safe and timely manner.

Results

By using a combination of scissor lifts and boom machines, we were able to access the top heights of 25m to effectively install the safety netting.

Our skilled team, who are trained to use scissor lifts and boom machines, completed the project within 3 weeks.

Contact our installation 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

Contact us

You can read our Privacy Policy HERE

The Works: New Stores & Refit Activity

The Works: New Stores & Refit Activity

Summary

Bluestones One’s merchandising division is proud to have supported The Works across the New Store & Refit programme to deliver merchandising activity on time and on budget. We have worked closely with The Works senior team to ensure that our teams understand the unique ways of working associated with such a retailer and are continuing to invest in order to support the delivery of this activity.

Challenges

The Works had trialled competitors previously and wanted to ensure that we grasped the unique nature of their business, the standards expected and the volume of growth they deliver every year. We also applied our own knowledge and best practices to ensure that we were the supplier that went beyond those initial trial stores.

We had to ensure our teams were carefully selected and trained before we delivered our first store. We then had to ensure we took all of the appropriate steps in order to develop our teams for the challenges that lie ahead with this fast-paced retailer.

Results

Our merchandising division has continued to be awarded further stores. Whilst we recognise that we are only as good as our last project, we believe that the foundations are in place for a long-standing and successful working relationship with The Works.

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

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

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

Contact us

You can read our Privacy Policy HERE

Dulux Decorator Centre Project

Dulux Decorator Centre Project

Summary

Bluestones One’s merchandising division is proud to have supported the trial implementation of a new high-end paint range into the Dulux Decorator Centres. Our role in the trial was to understand the specific requirements of each store with the DDC Project Manager and remove/reconfigure and make good the location for the new paint range. This included merchandising, shopfitting, minor electrical and plumbing works and painting and decorating works.

Challenges

The key to this project was managing the store-specific requirements and the differing needs each store had, as well as working with the store management team to deliver their expectations of the project. Whilst working in store our teams also delivered some small changes that were initially out of scope but were great added value pieces of activity for the stores.

Results

Dulux Decorator Centre confirmed they were very happy with the project delivery and were pleased to have found a supplier that exhibits all of the right behaviours, from senior management all the way through to the teams delivering the project in store. We continue to work closely with DDC to deliver further project across the UK.

Contact our merchandising 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

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

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