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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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HGV Driving: The facts

You’ve seen them on the road, but what are the facts behind HGV driving? Explore our infographic to find out the interesting, weird and serious HGV facts.

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Driver of the Year award launches

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Driver of the Year award!

From the trunkers and the trampers to the local delivery drivers, we want to thank our drivers for all they do. Some people take lorry drivers for granted, but our society simply could not operate without their hard work. That’s why we believe it is important to recognise and reward our drivers. Our logistics division originally introduced the Driver of the Year award last year before Bluestones One launched, rewarding their hardest working candidates from their Derby, Glasgow and Warrington offices. The popularity of the reward convinced us to launch it again this year, incorporating our new logistics office in Newcastle as well as our existing locations.

Our clients have been invited to nominate the drivers who have impressed them this year and gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional service. From the shortlist of nominated candidates, we will whittle it down to four winners who will be awarded £100 worth of shopping vouchers.

As well as rewarding and recognising our drivers, we will also be celebrating the role drivers play in the UK’s economy through a series of posts on our social networks.

The winners will be announced on the 1st of February on the Bluestones One Facebook page.

To find out more about our driving opportunities, view our current roles or contact your nearest logistics office.

Self-doubt – How to combat it

The start of a new year can cause many people to doubt themselves and the current personal or professional routes they are taking – it’s not unusual, in 2018 a study found that over 62% of adults in the UK experienced “imposter syndrome”. Imposter Syndrome is “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.”

But, why do people suffer from chronic self-doubt in the workplace and what can be done to combat it?

The main reasons people experience imposter syndrome are their own self-doubt, receiving criticism, having to ask for help and comparing themselves to high achieving colleagues. There are lots of methods and tips you can use to silence your inner critic and regain your confidence though. It is important to remember though, you can’t completely get rid of self-doubt – its role is to keep you safe, but it is essential to recognise that this safety net can turn into negative messages and wreak havoc on your life.

Say stop

Negative thoughts and doubts beginning to bubble up again? It can be easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole and allow self-doubt to take over your brain, but don’t allow it to happen.

Tell yourself “Stop” or “No” if you must. Just recognise it for what it was – an unhelpful thought – and move forward.

Don’t connect it to negative past events

If you attribute self-doubt and blame to past failures it can lead to even more destructive thoughts and back down that rabbit hole you go.

When this happens, you need to take affirmative action with your goals and go easy on yourself! You’re not all those horrible things you think about yourself – it is your responsibility to remind yourself how great you are.

Do focus on past successes

Is self-doubt creeping in again? Forget about those negative events and remember positive ones. It can be simple to reach a hurdle and buckle under the weight of your internal monologue, but just think back to a time when you did combat a challenge successfully or things went well despite having doubts. It will remind you that you can do whatever you put your mind to.

Talk to someone about it

When you keep your thoughts to yourself, they can snowball turning that original snowflake of a thought into a huge distorted avalanche that doesn’t resemble reality. Just by saying your doubts out loud can help you see how exaggerated and far from reality they are, and by talking about them with a trusted friend or colleague can help you put things into perspective.

Use it to your advantage

Self-doubt can spur you to take action, keeps you humble and encourages you to have honest conversations with your peers and colleagues.

Doubting yourself occasionally makes you want to continue to better yourself, without it your skills and knowledge would stagnate. This same self-doubt reminds you that you’re only human (a human who is self-aware!).

Stop comparing yourself to your peers and colleagues

Nobody is on the same journey as you, so stop comparing where they are at in their life to where you are in yours. And don’t forget, on social media people rarely share their failures or troubles, only their successes and good times creating an imbalanced picture of what their life is really like.

The only person you should be comparing yourself to is yourself – look back at how much you’ve grown and challenges you’ve overcome.

It is ok to have self-doubt – you’re a continuous work in progress. Just don’t let your self-doubt and negative thoughts spiral out of control and effect you long time.

Seasonal Opening Hours

Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean we stop! If you need anything over the festive break, all of our divisions are contactable – you can find all of the office contact numbers here. Individual office opening hours differ, so if you would like to visit one of our team please call ahead to make sure the office you wish to visit is open.

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

Tips for a telephone interview

Many employers are now choosing to conduct a telephone interview as the first stage of the interview process. This allows the employer to move along the process quickly but also is an excellent tool to screen applicants.

It is important to remember that this IS a first interview and should be approached in the same professional manner that you would a face to face meeting.

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