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Monthly Archives: March 2012
Hoppings Softwood Products, proud to be apart World first in FSC and PEFC certified timber procurement success.
Hoppings Softwood Products, proud to be apart World first in certified timber procurement success. London 2012 Olympic park construction project receives its joint FSC and PEFC timber certification.
Lifted from the TTJ online
World first Olympic timber procurement success confirmed
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has achieved a “world first” for securing FSC and PEFC project certification on the Olympic Park site, with 100% of wood products supplied certified as “legal and sustainable”.
The presentation of FSC and PEFC project certification by auditors Soil Association Woodmark on Wednesday is being hailed as a major achievement and a procurement model for
other projects to follow.
It also breaks new ground in that the project required main certification schemes PEFC and FSC, which have well-documented differences of opinion on forest certification, to work together, bringing hope of the potential of mutual recognition in the future.
Soil Association Woodmark said the project was a world first for certification of such a huge and complex site. FSC-certified material made up 67% of the 12,500m³ timber products procured, while PEFC accounted for 33%.
“It is an outstanding outcome that really shows what can be achieved and it’s a strong platform for the industry to build on,” said Peter Bonfield, leader of construction products at the ODA.
“Now the question is – what are the industry and certification bodies going to do to take that across the rest of the country.”
He praised PEFC, FSC, auditors, the timber industry, contractors and CLM (Olympic delivery partner) team managers for their efforts in achieving the target.
He said there had been hiccups – some materials were removed from site and several small timber structures dismantled when it was discovered the wood did not meet procurement requirements.
But problems had been overcome practically, avoiding any of the politics of certification.
For more on this story see the March 31 issue of TTJ
From March 29th to April 1st The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is on at the NEC Birmingham.
This year it will be packed to the rafters with free expert advice, countless inspirational ideas and thousands of cutting edge and essential products – all to help you make the most of your home, your budget and your plans.
We will be there all weekend helping out Buildbase on their stand, giving our expert advice about our range of timber garden decking to attendees.
If you are in the area and have some decking questions why not pop over and come see us.
We will also be able to provide information on our hardwood decking, anti-slip decking and composite decking.
Want to buy Garden Decking online…..Another Q-deck decking shop has gone live! you can now buy online with Home and Garden Builders Merchants. If you’re local to the Rochester area of Kent you can now buy deck boards and related Garden decking products online, visit your local Q-Deck online partners’ website – Buy Garden decking online from Home and Garden Builders Merchants.
Want to buy Garden Decking online…..Another Q-deck decking shop has gone live! you can now buy online with Southend Timber. If you’re local to the Southend area of Essex you can now buy deck boards and related Garden decking products online, visit your local Q-Deck online partners’ website – Buy Garden decking online from Southend Timber.
With online sales becoming a growing business stream for many merchants, Hoppings Q-Deck Talks to PBM
Lifted From PBM http://www.professionalbuildersmerchant.co.uk/
With online sales becoming a growing business stream for many merchants, Adam Pulfer speaks to PBM about the work that timber decking specialist Hoppings is undertaking in relation to online sales support for its merchant customers — even those that don’t have a website.
It’s widely accepted that a good website can be your best possible sales tool — even in a marketplace where, traditionally, actual customer visits to a shop or yard pre-dominate. Changing customer demands and trends require builders’ and timber merchants to adapt their marketing efforts in order to maximise their sales potential and the online world increasingly needs to be their new ‘shop window’ — one that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, online marketing can seem a massive leap for a number of independent merchants — who are in danger of being left behind by the national chains in particular when it comes to online technology — invariably having neither the time or resources to focus on this aspect of their business.
According to its Marketing Director Adam Pulfer, this is where Hoppings can help. The company is now enabling its merchants to incorporate the entire Q-Deck decking and Q-Line softwood mouldings ranges into their existing sites, with a shopping cart facility, to sell online. And for those approved stockists with no website, Adam says that Hoppings can build them an entirely new, totally bespoke website, which also offers the firm’s entire range within its pages.
This is said to be deliverable to merchants at a fraction of the cost of developing their own site as both options benefit greatly from being able to ‘piggy-back’ upon the huge amount of traffic that Hoppings established site — www.qualitydecking.co.uk — receives.
Adam explained: “Research has shown that a visitor judges your company within seconds of visiting your website. To be successful, it’s got to deliver the goods immediately. This scheme, which we believe is totally unique within the timber industry, does the hard work for our stockists. It quickly produces an impressive website that really works for them and on a scale which, were they to build from scratch, would prove to be extremely costly.
“And linking to qualitydecking.co.uk is absolutely key, as merchants in the scheme benefit directly from the high volume of traffic the site has built up during its existence. This is of course a massive advantage over the competition but what’s more, we also provide the platform for merchants to sell their other building products, via the online shopping facility. There are so many advantages to linking to Q-Deck and/or Q-Line as an official online partner.”
According to Adam, there are significant commercial benefits to both merchants and the supplier itself from this approach. He said: “It’s mutually beneficial for Hoppings and all of its stockists to successfully sell our ranges online. By utilising the Q-Deck online shop, our merchants gain an ever-growing new channel of business; they sell more and obtain repeat business whilst Hoppings gains not only from the increased sales, but also by strengthening our partnerships with our customers.
“The consumer will also benefit by being able to order Q-Deck from a source with whom they have a local relationship. In a nutshell, it’s a ‘win, win’ situation,” asserts Adam.
Indeed, the role of the consumer is deemed central to the approach as to get the best out of these sites — and increase turnover and profit — the supplier feels that offering the consumer the best possible service is the key to increasing online sales. It has accordingly set a base level of service for customers taking advantage of the online strategy, including free delivery on orders over £200 within a 10 mile radius and order confirmation within 48 hours.
Many of the firm’s merchant partners are happy to offer a higher level of service to enhance their online offering — and are already reaping the benefits. For example, Simon Wackett from S & J Wackett Timber Merchants commented: “I’m so glad I decided to get involved in websites with Hoppings and especially the online shop, as it has had already made the phone ring and generated a lot of enquiries. Since I opened my online selling website just ten days ago we have already received two deck orders, which pretty much pays for my investment — and it’s only February! I’m very pleased.”
Simon added: “My customers now have access to the whole Q-Deck range on my website, including ‘How to’ guides and usage ideas. In addition they have the reassurance of dealing with a local supplier, which they now know. Hoppings took care of all the legal requirements for my website and Q-Deck shop which, frankly, I found a bit of a minefield. It was made so easy for me and I have a great website for far less than if I’d gone it alone.”
When it comes to the details, Adam reveals: “The charges we make for enhancing an existing site, or creating one from scratch, are extremely competitive. What’s more, we don’t leave it there. Our on-going investment in SEO and ‘pay-per-click’ strategies ensures our Google rankings continuously improve, meaning more visitors to qualitydecking.co.uk which in turn means more traffic to our partner shops at no additional charge to them.
“Visitors to our partner stockists sites have full access to our comprehensive Product and ‘How to’ Guides, which are recognised as some of the best publications in the timber industry. We are at present embarking on a series of e- mailings to consumers, driving traffic to both our site and those of our stockists. And by Easter there will be nearly 30 live Q-Deck online shops, with more in the pipeline.”
Underlining the significance of an enhanced online sales strategy, Adam summed up by commenting: “We view these websites as an exciting and important part of our future and we will do everything we can to support our valued partners in this enterprise.”
Want to buy Garden Decking online…..Another Q-deck decking shop has gone live! you can now buy online with Fleet Timber. If you’re local to the King’s Lynn area of Norfolk you can now buy deck boards and related Garden decking products online, visit your local Q-Deck online partners’ website – Buy Garden decking online from Fleet Timber.
The skills and quality of local service independent Timber and Builders Merchants have to offer often go unrecognised. Hoppings Softwood Products plc. new internet marketing support package for independent retailers of their garden decking products illustrates how independent retailers with stores can take advantage of the growing online sales channel. The new online facility (Local Q-Deck Online Shops) provides consumers the convenience of buying decking online (like one may do with say Wickes decking) but with the benefit associated with supply from a local, knowledgeable, service focused independent retailer.
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Want to buy Garden Decking online…..Another Q-deck decking shop has gone live! you can now buy online with Dunwoodys Timber. If you’re local to the Caterham area of Surrey you can now buy deck boards and related decking products online, visit your local Q-Deck online partners’ website – Buy Garden decking online from Dunwoodys Timber.