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Meet the merchandisers: Kelsey Rawlings

Our part of our meet the merchandisers series, we’re speaking to merchandisers throughout Bluestones One to find out about their experiences, why they enjoy their job and what they do on a daily basis. This time we’re focussing on Kelsey Rawlings, one of our Supervisors.

When did you start working for Bluestones One?

March 2020

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

I found the position on a job board. After reading good reviews about working at Bluestones One, I applied and was invited to an interview.

What do you enjoy about working for Bluestones One?

How every contract is different! You are always with different people and are able to get to know each other – there is also free time after work to go out, enjoy each others company and get to know your colleagues. Being able to see new places is also a great bonus too!

What do you do in a typical work day?

Get to the job, sign in and let the shop know why you are there and who you are. You will get given a job to do by the Team Leader and you can either work on your own or in a small team.

Kelsey Rawlings - Supervisor
Kelsey Rawlings - Supervisor

The work you do at the beginning of the week will always look a mess and unfinished but by the end, it looks great and it’s rewarding to see your hard work result in the finished product.

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

I’ve been able to see more of the country that I wouldn’t have been able to if I wasn’t working here. I’ve been given the chance to team lead certain jobs, all within the first 9 months of working for Bluestones which is great!

Would you recommend this job to your friends and family?

Yes. You get to travel the country, meet great people, make new friends, work on great contracts, can progress as much as you want to and you can have a good laugh while you work.

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.

Innovation in the retail landscape

Retailers constantly evolve and adapt to economic changes and the last year has been no different for changes in the sector. The high street has had to deal with both the impact of lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions, and Brexit – even with these pressures there are several key innovations happening across the retail sector in the coming weeks, months and years.

Range Rationalisation

Many retailers are reviewing where they can improve efficiency, whether that’s across popular product lines like paper products, cleaners and sanitisers and dry goods such as canned vegetable, pasta and rice, or rethinking store layouts.

As part of this, retailers are undertaking range rationalisations. This enables retailers and suppliers to focus on the high-volume lines, have product available for shoppers and simplify in-store replenishment.

While this does mean that some brands and products will be missing from the shelves, it allows retailers to focus on the products consumers want while improving operating efficiency and using floor space effectively.

Click & Collect

As of 2016, it was reported that just over half of online retailers were offering a click and collect service – by 2023, the click and collect market is expected to grow by almost £10 million.

The pandemic has accelerated the rate at which new technologies have been adopted, especially contactless and self-service delivery (such as click and collect smart lockers) technology. In a time where footfall has dropped, click and collect has allowed retailers the opportunity to entice customers back to the store but safely.

Innovation in retail

As part of the adoption of click and collect across more stores, retailers will have the opportunity to review their store formats to enhance the customer experience, increase impulse purchases and streamline the staff required.

Shop in shop

As retailers rationalise their ranges and optimise the use of floor space, it allows them the opportunity to partner with other retailers to supply a shop in shop solution, with the concession brand occupying a set amount of space. There are benefits for both retailers such as shared costs, shared marketing, demand generation, speed to market and increased footfall.

The shop in shop agreement is popular among service stations and supermarkets and leads to improve the customer experience – think about book shops which have a coffee shop concession within them or service stations with a supermarket brand.

Supermarkets currently leading the way with shop in shop concessions are Sainsbury’s and Asda. Sainsbury’s acquired Argos in 2019 and swiftly brought the retailer into its supermarkets, benefitting from Argos’ strong delivery network and capabilities. Asda is currently trialling the shop in shop concept across two of its stores with a B&Q concession, with a further two to be added this year. We were proud to have supported the rollout of the trial store for B&Q in ASDA Sheffield, Drakehouse last year. Asda is also trialling a new convenience range called “Asda On the Move” at EG Group petrol stations in Ashby, Leamore and Primley in the Midlands.

Destination shopping

The future of retail is about delivering an exceptional customer experience and retailers are tapping into this by creating shopping “destinations”.

In part fuelled by the pandemic, consumers want to travel to one store for all their needs rather than having to shop in multiple stores. By successfully combining all their offerings, including click and collect and working with concession partners which complement their sector, retailers can become the store that people think of first when they want to buy something.

Innovation in retail

Checkouts

Retailers are always looking for ways to streamline the checkout process to improve the customer experience, cut waiting times and, accelerated by the pandemic, reduce social contact, and improve safety. As part of the review brought on by the pandemic, many retailers have increased the number of self-service checkouts available and changed queuing systems.

A survey by Capgemini found that 60% of adults are irritated by long checkout queues, which is why retailers are innovating their checkout processes, not just with self-service checkouts.

Most notably, M&S implemented an on-the-spot payment solution in 200 of its stores – the “Pay with Me” service enables a staff member to pick out customers who are waiting in a queue to pay for just a few items and quickly process their transaction via a handheld device. With each store operating to a maximum capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic, M&S said the service will help to free up space for more customers to enter stores.

Shrinkage

According to the ‘Retail Security in Europe. Going beyond Shrinkage’ report conducted by Crime&tech with the support of Checkpoint Systems, UK retailers are losing almost £11 billion annually. With the increase of self-service checkouts and the acceleration of checkout technology, retailers will need to review their security measures, so their annual loss figures decrease, not increase.

It is not only security measures which will need to be reviewed but inventory policies and technology, how shoplifters operate, and how countermeasures and security solutions are adopted and combined.

About Bluestones One

Over the last nine months, we have reviewed our position, identified how we want to develop our existing and new service offering and developed a three-year plan, focusing on acquisition, joint ventures and developing partnerships to help retailers deliver the above changes and innovations.

The last 12 months have been a record period for our business, and we plan to adapt and evolve further to continue on that path.

Bluestones One launches referral scheme

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our referral scheme prize draw!

From Wednesday 3rd February until Thursday 25th February, any Field-Based Merchandisers currently working with Bluestones One who refers a friend to work with us will be entered into our prize draw to win £200 tax-free*.

We understand that many of our current merchandisers regularly refer their friends and ex-colleagues to work with us, so we wanted to take this opportunity to recognise this and give everyone who recommends us the chance to win £200 for themselves and £25 for their friend.

If you would like to refer a friend, all you have to do is get them to fill in this form and include your name in the field “Who referred you to Bluestones One?” then you’ll gain an entry in the prize pot. The more referrals you make, the more entries you get in the prize pot and the more of a chance you have of winning.

The winning entry will be drawn on Friday 26th February 2021 and shared on the Bluestones One Facebook page, so don’t forget to like the page to ensure you don’t miss the announcement.

The competition will close on Thursday 25th February 2021. The full form can be found here: https://bluestonesone.co.uk/retail-merchandising-pre-interview-questionnaire/ 

*T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs can be found here.

Terms and Conditions
• This referral scheme is only open to Bluestones One Field-Based Merchandisers.
• The prize is a £200 tax-free payment for the winning referrer and £25 tax-free payment for the associated referral.
• Each entry corresponds to one referrer and one referral. Only one entry will be picked from the prize pot.
• Bluestones One Field-Based Merchandisers can make unlimited referrals.
• A referral counts when a referred individual completes this form and names the person who referred them in the field, “Who referred you to Bluestones One?”
• The referral must have merchandising or retail experience.
• The referral must not have worked for Bluestones One before.
• The closing date for referrals is Thursday 25th February 2021. Referrals will be accepted after this time but will not be entered into the prize draw.
• The winner will be picked at random on Friday 26th February 2021 via a Facebook video on the Bluestones One Facebook page.
• The winner’s name will be available on request and published on Bluestones One’s media accounts.
• The promoter is Bluestones One.
• By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Meet the merchandisers: Jason Crawley

Our part of our meet the merchandisers series, we’re speaking to merchandisers throughout Bluestones One to find out about their experiences, why they enjoy their job and what they do on a daily basis. This time we’re focussing on Jason Crawley, one of our Team Leaders.

When did you start working for Bluestones One?

January 2020

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

I found the position online after looking into new employment opportunities that would allow me the job satisfaction I wasn’t finding with other employers.

What do you enjoy about working for Bluestones One?

The constant variation in what is required to complete different projects. We are always looking to improve and be as productive as possible, not only for our company but the work we deliver to our clients.

What do you do in a typical work day?

I always start every day with an introduction to our clients and scope out any detailed work or expectations on what we are trying to achieve.

Jason Crawley - Team Leader

I then have all members of my team attend for a brief meeting in which we can cover all aspects of the day, the expectations, review any challenges we may have and to simply ensure we are all trying to achieve the same objectives as a team.

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

I have had various opportunities which have allowed me to lead teams for various different clients, which can range from 3 colleagues to 30. I have worked alongside project managers to discuss feedback on relevant implementation of large projects and lead the trial teams on process which has lead to a national rollout.

I have also taken part in recruitment for our company due to our growth this past year – I was able to discuss with new colleagues the day to day role and support and advise on any questions they may have had as I have the experience of doing the job on a daily basis.

Would you recommend this job to your friends and family?

Yes. Bluestones One really works hard, not only to focus on the clients and its growth but also ensuring the people they have working for them are aware they are a priority within the business – as the business is only as good as the colleagues representing it. I feel this is greatly achieved and look forward to many more years with the company.

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.

Morrisons Reigate: Fresh Look Store Change Programme

Morrisons Reigate: Fresh Look Store Change Programme

Summary

Bluestones One were selected to support Morrisons to deliver their store change programme in Reigate. Within the merchandising resource requirement, a project delivery manager was deployed to oversee all aspects of contractor works on-site through the programme, ensuring that all store change activity was actioned in line with the client’s requirements.

Challenges

Multi contractor team project management on-site with varied shift timings and work planning requirements always creates a challenge throughout store change programmes. The Bluestones One field team leaders and project delivery manager showed their capability in adapting to the challenges, delivering innovative solutions that ensured the project phasing timeline was delivered.

Results

The communication across the project delivery manager, field team leaders, central resource team and account manager through to the client project manager and store teams ensured that every project phase was delivered on time. The skillset was always aligned to maximize efficiencies. All these factors combined ensured a firm control and cost visibility.

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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

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Morrisons: Capping Shelves

Morrisons: Capping Shelves

Summary

Bluestones One were selected as the merchandising partner to deliver a full estate roll out of capping shelves. The project objective was to introduce an additional high-level shelf to gondolas to provide shop floor product storage. This delivered immediate stock replenishment, customer product availability, and store staffing productivity and efficiency enhancements.

Challenges

The requirement to support the de-merchandising and re-merchandising across the full estate showed Bluestones One’s ability to upscale resourcing requirements at speed throughout the entire UK, strengthening our field team coverage across all geographical locations.

It also allowed us to develop and increase our field team skill set. As a result of this major project, we have now up-skilled new Team Leaders supporting, coaching and directing them through their journey to the leadership of large teams.

Results

This activity has shown Bluestones One’s ability to be proactive and innovative in responding to the challenges of a full estate project rollout of this size.

Contact our 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

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

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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Asda Woking: Hybrid Installation & Merchandising

Asda Woking: Hybrid Installation & Merchandising

Summary

Bluestones One were chosen to deliver a new project-based activity in refreshing the smaller Asda Supermarkets (ex Netto stores) – the first trial store was Woking. The selection of Bluestones One to action this was based on our ability to provide “Hybrid” combined skill set teams.

Normally, gondola removal and the re-location elements of the project would be actioned via an accredited Installation team with a handover to a merchandising team to complete the re-stocking. Combining both aspects of the works programme with a mixed skillset team has allowed Bluestones One to demonstrate our multi-skilled team’s ability to deliver both aspects of install & merchandising as a one-stop solution. This greatly reduces downtime, improves productivity, and reduces costs significantly for clients.

Challenges

The trial store was completed during the second COVID-19 lockdown period. This added a level of additional complexities to planning the phased moves for the combined hybrid teams working closely with the Asda store team to ensure social distancing was observed.

Results

The programme was a great success. We look forward to further developing our dual install and merchandising solution, supporting clients to improve their retail environment and reducing their costs.

Contact our 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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Asda Clapham: Full Store Re-Fit Programme

Asda Clapham: Full Store Re-Fit Programme

Summary

The re-fit programme at Asda Clapham was one of the largest schemes in the 2020 programme. The programme impacted every aspect of the store’s sales floor space, with extensive activity across 16 weeks of resourcing requirements deploying multi-skilled split shift teams supporting on both days and nights.

Challenges

Due to COVID-19, the programme of works continued to be fluid, working collaboratively with the project manager and the Asda store teams.

Results

The communication across the field team leaders, resource team and account manager through the client project manager & store teams ensured that the project was delivered effectively, ensuring that the skill set was in the right place at the right time. This was a great example of efficiency in resourcing, and a firm control and clear visibility of cost.

Contact our 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

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

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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Field Team Awards 2020

Every year we aim to recognise and reward the individuals in our Field teams who have gone above and beyond while embodying our company values.

This year, our teams have felt additional pressures but have consistently worked hard and impressed both us and our clients. It was a tough task to choose our 2020 winners, so we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their commitment, professionalism and resilience during this difficult time.

Without further ado, here are the 2020 winners!

Our 2020 winners

New Employee of the Year

For surpassing expectations of a new starter

Winner – Kelsey Rawlings

Shortlisted nominations for New Employee of the Year
• Alex Woffindon
• Paige Matthews

Kelsey Rawlings
Kelsey Rawlings
Luke Randall
Luke Randall

Leadership Award

For leading by example and showing genuine leadership qualities

Winner – Luke Randall

Shortlisted nominations for the Leadership Award
• Jason Crawley
• Tom Bowyer

Directors Award

Identified as an integral person within our business who has worked to a consistently high standard throughout the year

Winner – Garry Leck

Shortlisted nominations for the Directors Award
• Mike Webb
• Mark Goulding

Garry Leck
Garry Leck
Harry Stringer
Harry Stringer

Effective Communication Award

Communicates effectively with Management, Resource and Field teams

Winner – Harry Stringer

Shortlisted nominations for the Effective Communication Award
• Tom Bowyer
• Mihai Cojanu

Commitment Award

Consistently shows a high level of commitment

Winner – Mihaita Cojanu

Shortlisted nominations for the Commitment Award
• Mike Webb
• Anthony Levelle

Mihai Cojanu
Mihai Cojanu
Mike Webb
Mike Webb

Above & Beyond Award

Dedicated to getting the job done, always goes the extra mile to achieve great results

Winner – Mike Webb

Shortlisted nominations for the Above & Beyond Award
• Luke Randall
• Dave Jones

Brand Ambassador Award

Leads by example and represents the Bluestones brand in a positive way through Demeanor, Values and Ethics

Winner – Jason Crawley

Shortlisted nominations for the Brand Ambassador Award
• Emma Williams
• Angie Little

Jason Crawley
Jason Crawley
Paul Bland and Stefan Peat 
Paul Bland and Stefan Peat 

Pair of Aces Award

Two individuals who have worked together to a consistently high level across multiple accounts within the business

Winners – Paul Bland and Stefan Peat 

Shortlisted nominations for the Pair of Aces Award
• Chris Johnson and Michael Constable
• Will Shields and Michael Cullinan

Star Performers

Individuals that have stood out from the crowd and recognised for displaying individual excellence

Winners – Brian Gudgin and Mark Goulding

Brian Gudgin
Brian Gudgin
Mark Goulding
Mark Goulding

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New Store Gondola Installation

New Store Gondola Installation

Summary

Bluestones One Retail is proud to have been selected to support Nabco Ltd with the installation of their gondola equipment for a new grocery store in Reepham.

Challenges

The Bluestones One team were asked to submit their Rams, which would need be agreed by the PC on-site, as well as organise the team two days before commencement. Having liaised directly with the PC, we got everything agreed and in place within 24 hours.

Results

We delivered this Installation on time following the client’s guidelines and on-site changes. The store was handed over to the Merchandising team after day 3 of 3. The feedback from Nabco and the end client was very positive.

Contact our 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

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