Want to buy Garden Decking online…..Another Q-deck decking shop has gone live! You can now buy online with WI Chambers. If you’re local to the Ilford 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 WI Chambers.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Want to buy Garden Decking online…..Another Q-deck decking shop has gone live! You can now buy online with Reynolds Timber. If you’re local to the Grays 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 Reynolds Timber.
Built IT magazine has done an Independent review of Quality Decking`s buy online timber decking sales
Every month, Build It goes undercover to rate a self-build shopping website
This month we visit: www.qualitydecking.co.uk
Content – 5*
Q-Deck sells a variety of high-end landscaping products. The firm offers a range of in-depth guides (which are downloadable) showing how to install its f wares, as well as a range of case studies displaying what others have done. There’s also an ‘ideas gallery to inspire your future projects.
Postage & delivery – 3*
When you buy online, you do so via a third party local business partner of Q-Deck – which makes things rather convoluted. Once you’ve made an order you’ll receive email confirmation – and then you have to wait for a partner to call you to confirm the order (again) and organise delivery. This can take up to 48 hours. Your distance from the supplier, and how much you order, will determine P&P costs. Nevertheless, we checked a few out and noticed orders over £200 were usually free.
Web layout & design – 4*
It’s easy to navigate your way round the site. The items available for purchase are all listed under the products tab at the top of the page. The buying system may be a little time consuming, but it’s actually quite simple to use, with clear explanations at every stage of the process.
Great buys available online
Q-Deck Plus colonial ready-made balustrade @ £65.52 each;
Q-Deck Lyptus hardwood decking @ £5.54 per m;
Q-Clad pre-painted black timber pre painted @ £3.36 per m;
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Source: Build it
Our online sales initiative has been picked up by another trade publication.
If you want to find out what they have to say about quality decking selling its garden timber products online check out the image below.
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Fencing & Landscaping News
After 45 years in the Timber Trade and latterly 9½ years with Quality Decking Rita Howe recently retired.
Friends and work colleagues from her past employers and Hoppings celebrated this milestone at a retirement party held close to Hoppings Softwood Products Head Office in Epping.
Rita was presented with a number of retirement gifts, of which she thanked everyone for their kind generosity and commented she was looking forward to a forthcoming cruise with her husband Bill, before she contemplated the next chapter in her life.
Everyone present wished her well for a long and well earned retirement.
Lifted From April’s BMJ
Distributor offers transactional facilities for existing websites, and complete, bespoke sites for those yet to engage with the internet.
Changing customer demands and trends require timber merchants to adapt their marketing efforts in order to maximise their sales potential. The online world is their new ‘shop window’, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hoppings has identified that online marketing can be a massive leap for independent merchants, but that those that aren’t online could be in danger of being left behind by the multi-nationals when it comes to online service, invariably having neither the time or resources to focus on this aspect of their business.
So the company is now enabling its merchant customers 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.
For approved stockists with no website, Hoppings is offering to build them a completely bespoke website that offers the entire Hoppings range within its pages. This is offered at a fraction of the cost of developing a site independently.
Both options allow the merchant to ‘piggy-back’ on the Hoppings website, www.qualitydecking.co.uk, and take advantage of its marketing strength.
Hoppings marketing director, Adam Pulfer says: “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, and quickly produces an impressive website that really works for them – 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. 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.”
It’s mutually beneficial for Hoppings and all of its stockists to successfully sell the Hoppings ranges online, says Pulfer. By utilising the Q-Deck online shop, merchants gain a new channel of business. Pulfer says that the market is growing and merchants will sell more and obtain repeat business via the service. Hoppings gains through the increased sales
and by strengthening partnerships with merchants.
To get the best out of these sites and increase turnover and profit, Pulfer says that offering the consumer the best possible service is the key to increasing online sales. The company has 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.
Merchants are welcoming the scheme, says Pulfer. Simon Wackett of S & J Wackett Timber Merchants, has taken advantage of the service. He says, “I’m so glad I decided to get involved in websites with Hoppings, especially the online shop, as it has had already generated a lot of enquiries.”
Since the company launched its transactional website through the Hoppings service it has already received two deck orders in February. “It pretty much pays for my investment and it’s only February – I’m very pleased,” says Wackett. “‘My customers now have access to the whole Q-Deck range on my website, including ‘How to’ guides and usage ideas.
“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.”
“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,” says Pulfer. “Our on-going investment in SEO and ‘pay-per-click’ strategies ensures our Google rankings continuously improve, meaning more visitors to qualitydecking.co.uk. This in turn means more traffic to our partner shops at no additional charge to them.”
Hoppings is currently embarking on a series of e- mailings to consumers, driving traffic to both its own and its merchant stockists’ sites. By Easter, there will be nearly 30 live Q-Deck online shops, with more in the pipeline, says Pulfer: “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.”
Merchants wishing to work in partnership with Hoppings in development of an online selling strategy, must be a stockist of the Hoppings Decking Products range.
To find out more about the website offering, visit: www.jump-to.co.uk
The Soup Kitchen in Southwark, a London based charity serving meals to London’s homeless, is undergoing its biggest transformation for over 10 years. The old tent and serving area is being replaced with a new insulated wooden structure to provide a comfortable, warm, attractive facility for guests. This new facility combined with nutritious food and welcoming atmosphere will have an increasingly positive impact on the guest’s lives.
Quality Decking help with the supply of Q-Deck Canterbury decking boards to be used as a roof deck and external wall cladding.