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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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Exciting changes at Bluestones One Warrington

We’re excited to announce that Kerry Graham is being promoted to Warrington’s Branch Manager and we have welcomed a new Recruitment Consultant to the team, Adam Spiers.

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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.

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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

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

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Women in the Supply Chain

Women in the Supply Chain

Where they’re working, what they’re doing and the current numbers.

The Supply Chain in the UK

The Supply Chain in the UK has endless employment opportunities, employing around two million people in the country (roughly one in 12 people). The careers available are vast and wide, from warehouse and production operatives, professional drivers and engineers to managers and directors across production, manufacturing and logistics.

But where do the women of the United Kingdom fit into the supply chain?

Where do women fit in?

Over the past 40 years, the UK has seen an almost continual rise in the proportion of women in employment. The employment rate among women of ‘prime working age’ (aged 25-54) is up from 57% in 1975 to a record high of 78% in 2017. How does this match up in the supply chain though? Currently, the total number of women working in the supply chain across all careers is almost 500,000.

What careers are women working in?

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have explored what careers females are currently working in in the supply chain. What jobs are the most women working? And what roles have a lack of females? Download our Women in the Supply Chain report 2019 now.

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Top 10 craziest dash cam videos

Where would we be without dash cams? Some of the footage they capture is mental, from the hilarious to the downright dangerous. Unsurprisingly, dash cam ownership has gone from 1% to 15% in just 4 years – most insurance companies now accept dash cam footage as evidence of a car incident, it helps people relive near misses and humours happenings, prevents taxi, bus and coach drivers from facing potentially hazardous situations and assists the police in prosecuting dangerous drivers.

Without further ado, here are our top 10 craziest, stupidest and most dangerous dashcam videos.

  1. In this clip from Germany, an impatient driver tries their best to get in front of a lorry – just watch what happens.

2. Some vehicles just want to be birds and something like a roundabout isn’t going to stop them from spreading their wings.

3. Do you ever watch police chase footage and think “Just give up already!”? You’ll be thinking that again and again while watching this one.

4. There are people out who just have a need for speed, it doesn’t matter who is in their way as the people driving down this English country road found out.

5. When a lorry and a Ford came into contact on a sharp bend you can guess who came out worst.

6. This is why you should check your mirrors and check them again…..and then again one more time for luck.

7. You just wouldn’t believe the nerve of some people – dash cams don’t always capture real “accidents”.

8. It’s not always front facing dash cams that capture footage. Having a rear facing dash cam is just as beneficial in capturing dangerous driving.

9. Not quite dash cam footage, but this crazy. We call this one “When you remember you left the oven on”.

10. Road rage is real, and people aren’t afraid to use their car as a weapon.

And, a Brucie bonus – there is a light at the end of the dangerous driving tunnel.

If you have dash cam footage you’d like to submit to your local police for review, you can via the National Dash Cam Safety Portal. It’s worth noting that by using this service you will be filling out an official police report, so you should treat it as such.

If after all of that you’d like to look for a new driving job, why not check out our latest logistics and industrial vacancies now.

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.

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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

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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

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

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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Bluestones One on career progression in installation

Progression opportunities are there and ready to grab if you want them, especially in merchandising and installation – as we found out from Bluestones One’s Installation Director, Mark Pye. 

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Asda: Evape Rollout

Asda: Evape Rollout

Summary

One of our manufacturing partners required a merchandising supplier to implement a new Evape layout in 200 Asda stores over a four week period. This is one of a number of strategic partnerships that Bluestones One have developed in order to deliver a variety of retail solutions.

Challenges

With stores all over the country, the manufacturer required a partner that could effectively complete all 200 stores in a timely manner. We deployed 10 merchandisers on this project for four weeks to cover the length and breadth of the country, ensuring that the new layout was implemented with 100% compliance.

The merchandising team reported via our internal web-based reporting function to enable us to update the manufacturer on a daily basis with progress along with photos of each completed store.

Results

The project was a great success and we have since been allocated further stores to implement in phase 2 of the programme.

As a result of this project, we have now become the manufacturer’s merchandising partner of choice for all future projects.

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

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

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Wickes: Leicester Relocation

Wickes: Leicester Relocation

Summary

Bluestones One’s Merchandising team supported Wickes in their latest relocation project in Leicester, supporting with the closure of their central Leicester store and the opening of their new store a few miles down the road in Wigston.

Challenges

Wickes Leicester required a partner that was able to efficiently and effectively relocate one store to another with minimal disruption. We implemented this project in three phases.

Phase 1 – Warehouse Reduction – During this phase, we were able to empty the entire warehouse of stock and work it on to the shop floor.

Phase 2 – Merchandising of the new store – We supplied a team of 12 people for 6 days to merchandise the complete store.

Phase 3 – Counting and transferring stock – We counted and transferred all of the stock from the Leicester store in order to quickly and efficiently empty the store.

Results

This piece of activity was completed 1 week ahead of schedule and under budget.

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

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