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Co-op: Replenishment Support

Co-op: Replenishment Support

Summary

Due to the issues created by the Coronavirus outbreak, Central England Co-op was looking for a partner that could react quickly and operate flexibly to support their stores with replenishment teams.

Bluestones One were more than happy to help, putting the appropriate social distancing measures in place, reacting to the ever-changing situation and supplying teams across multiple locations throughout the UK.

Challenges

Staffing and demand levels were ever-changing for the Co-op, so both parties had to work together to ensure fluidity of the plan and move resources between stores on a daily basis.

Arranging accommodation and travel was particularly difficult during this period, so the Bluestones team had to work incredibly hard to ensure the correct and suitable requirements were in place.

Results

Bluestones were pleased to be in a position to support the Co-op, so the retailer was able to operate during a difficult period. The Co-op commented on how much of a pleasure Bluestones are to deal with.

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 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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Aldi: POS Installation

Aldi: POS Installation

Summary

Bluestones One were very proud to have supported Aldi with the installation of new fresh meat point of sale racking across 168 UK stores. The project consisted of one-week installation training and a loading day the Friday prior to starting the installations on individual sites.

Due to the timescales of the project, our teams had to complete 4 stores a night with timed visits to ensure access was granted with full delivery and installation of point of sale sets completed by our teams. Full reporting was provided to Aldi through a client portal with photographs and details of each installation.

Challenges

Due to the number of stores which needed to be completed, we had to arrange reloading of POS kits mid-week at a pre-arranged location to ensure we adhered to the tight timescales. We also set up all our individual teams on the client reporting app to allow up to date reports to be produced.

One of the major challenges our teams faced was moving the existing kit in store, which was often difficult to remove. The teams were also required to collate the kits at the end of the project to return to the client.

Results

All 168 stores were successfully completed within timescale to a high standard and to brief, with excellent feedback.

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

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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Nationwide Store Surveys

Nationwide Store Surveys

Summary

Bluestones One were proud to be offered the opportunity to support a key client in surveying 479 Food Halls of one of the UK’s leading retailers throughout the UK.

We were asked to attend each location over a 15 day period to identify and record what equipment types the Food Halls had and the condition of the equipment. As well as front of house, we were asked to record the dimensions of the back of house Freezer and Warehouse racking and report back on a pre-agreed survey template and with an image of the in-store Bakery.

Challenges

The main challenge was ensuring that each of the team members we had identified to complete the surveys understood the reason for the surveys, what we were aiming to achieve, the equipment types they would come across and the reporting process. This was overcome with a full store briefing of the teams and ensuring they had a full understanding of each element.

Once this was complete, each surveyor had a specific route to follow. We have various options for reporting back on this type of activity, from client portals through to good old fashioned paper-based reporting. We agreed the best method for the client and the teams followed this to the letter.

Results

Bluestones One achieved the full 479 store schedule in 15 days and delivered all data back to the client as per their request.

Contact our 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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Meet the merchandisers: Andy Brain

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 Andy Brain, on of our Senior Team Leaders.

When did you start working for Bluestones One?

December 2018

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

A former colleague recommended Bluestones One to me so I thought why not check it out.

What do you enjoy about working for Bluestones One?

We are a cut above the rest – we always go above and beyond to deliver what the customer wants. I really enjoy seeing the difference we make to the stores we work in and working alongside my great colleagues.

What do you do in a typical work day?

A typical shift normally starts with a quick team meeting and then away we go! From there every shift is different on the phasing pack, so we have a structure in place that works and ensure we are all working to the same end goal.

Andy Brain - Senior Team Leader
Andy Brain - Senior Team Leader

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

I’ve received two awards from Bluestones One and our clients for my hard work and dedication – it is always nice to be recognised and rewarded. Within the company there are so many opportunities for progression and growth.

Would you recommend this job to your friends and family?

This is an amazing company and we just keep getting better and growing bigger so I would recommend this job!

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.

Our referral scheme is now open

Do you want the chance to win £200? If you currently work with us as a Field Based Merchandiser, when you refer a friend who has retail or merchandising experience you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win £200 and get your mate £25*!

All you have to do is get your friend 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, simple!

The winning entry will be drawn on Facebook on Friday 21st February, so don’t forget to like the Bluestones One Facebook page to ensure you don’t miss the announcement.

The competition will close on Thursday 20th February 2020. The full form can be found here: https://bluestonesone.co.uk/retail-merchandising-pre-interview-questionnaire/

*Terms and Conditions apply

  • 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 20th February 2020. 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 21st February 2020 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.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Meet the merchandisers: Angus Turtle

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

When did you start working for Bluestones One?

March 2018

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

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

What do you enjoy about working for Bluestones One?

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

What do you do in a typical work day?

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

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

Would you recommend this job to your friends and family?

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

Want to work for us?

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

Seasonal opening hours 2019/20

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

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

North East office

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

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

Worksop office 

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

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

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

Meet the merchandisers: Angie Little

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

When did you start working for Bluestones One?

January 2018

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

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

What do you enjoy about working for Bluestones One?

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

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

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

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

What do you do in a typical work day?

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

Would you recommend this job to your friends and family?

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

Want to work for us?

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

B&M: New Store Merchandising

B&M: New Store Merchandising

Summary

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

Challenges

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

Results

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

Contact our merchandising team

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

Steve – Investment Delivery Manager - Halfords

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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The Range: Cuprinol Project End Change

The Range: Cuprinol Project End Change

Summary

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

Challenges

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

Results

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

Contact our merchandising team

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

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