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Meet the merchandisers: Christopher Johnson

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 Christopher Johnson, on of our Senior Team Leaders.

When did you start working for Bluestones One?

February 2018

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

Bluestones One was recommended to me by a friend.

What do you enjoy about working for Bluestones One?

The communications at Bluestones One are clear and efficient – the communication between the shop floor and management is always excellent, the office is always on hand to support with any problems that may occur on-site and the camaraderie between all the colleagues is brilliant.

What do you do in a typical work day?

I start my shift with a handover with the client to gather what we are expected to achieve on the shift. My role is to also work closely with the rackers, electricians and floor painters etc. I always ensure the shift has been completed and any hiccups that have occurred have been dealt with and that the night shift has been adjusted to accommodate such issues. It is also my responsibility to ensure the shop if safe and ready for trading.

Christopher Johnson - Senior Team Leader
Christopher Johnson - Senior Team Leader

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

I have been given plenty of opportunities to develop and grow with the company. I have completed my SSSTS and SMSTS certificates, and I also had the opportunity to complete my first aid training and gain Fire Marshall tickets. I joined Bluestones One as a Team Leader on the grocery side. I am now a Senior Team Leader / Site Manager and I am trained to cover any site that the company currently deals with.

Would you recommend this job to your friends and family?

Yes – there are plenty of opportunities to progress within the company. Bluestones One is forwarding-thinking and treat their staff with respect.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How will shopping be different in the future?

How we shop and where we shop has already changed dramatically within the last 5 years (even within the previous year), and it will continue to change dramatically as consumer behaviours, technology and environmental demands evolve.

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Bluestones One on talent attraction in retail merchandising

What is behind the success of retailers’ merchandising? We spoke with the Bluestones One Retail Merchandising team, Gary White, Gary Lowe and Ashley Jewitt, about attracting the right talent to the teams who work day and night to ensure the country’s shops are ready and why it is an exciting career.

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Is the high street hotting up?

Who said the high street was dead? With soaring temperatures in the UK, the public is shunning their computers and phones and heading to the Great British high street to part with their hard-earned cash.

According to the latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey, 32% of retailers said that sales volumes were up in July than compared to a year ago and 13% said they had to place more orders with suppliers as a result. A combination of the unusually nice weather (does this weather even belong in the UK?) and World Cup fever have been thanked for the boost in high street sales this July, which also saw 45% of motor traders report that sales volumes were up compared to this time last year (convertible anyone?).

These figures should be seen as a huge positive for the high street, especially following the results from the survey campaign #WDYT (What do you think?) which found consumers want more and better shops available to them. The survey, which was completed by 300,000 people, found that 78% of respondents worry about the high street and 70% are concerned about shops closing – proving that the public still back “popping into town” to do their shopping.

All the positives do come with negatives though – in the same CBI Survey, retailers reported that they expect sales to slow again in August and orders to flatten out. With subdued real wage growth, households are still feeling the financial pinch and retailers are still battling with the reduced costs online retailers are able to offer.

Along with the Government’s inquiry into high streets and town centres 2030 to examine how local areas are planning for the future of their high streets, this month’s results should be seen as a step in the right direction to securing the future of the British high street.

What’s the deal with pop-up shops?

The pop-up shop is here to stay – first brought into the public’s conscience in the noughties, pop-ups aren’t a throwaway concept but a key part of a retailers’ core strategy. It isn’t just large international companies that flock to the high street with temporary stores, independent retailers and start-ups all see the benefit of “here today, gone tomorrow” shops.

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How shoppers are influenced by retail

With the advent of online shopping, it can be easy to believe that the high street isn’t important anymore – but in-store experiences far outweigh the digital world when it comes to influencing shoppers and increasing basket size. By using the psychology of smell, sight, touch and sound retailers have found they can positively affect how shoppers perceive a store’s product offering.

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How shopping habits have changed

From the birth of modern high street in the 1950’s to the rise of online shopping, the way that people shop has changed dramatically, and retailers have had to stay ahead of moving trends to ensure they don’t get left behind. But, how have shopping habits changed?

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