Launched by popular demand.
Plumbfix goes local with trade counter network
Published: 20 April, 2010
LONDON: Specialist trade supplier, Plumbfix, is opening a network of trade counters nationwide. "They will provide the same low fixed prices and availability already being offered by the company's next-day delivery service, but with the added convenience of a local merchant," said marketing director John Mewett.
Eighty counters are scheduled to be launched by the end of May, with more to come throughout the course of the year.
Plumbfix will locate its counters next to sister firm Screwfix's branches and will only be open to specialist trades. "Plumbers will have access to a range of Plumbfix goods at exclusive prices," Mr Mewett explained. "These will be lower priced than those offered by Screwfix." The trade counters will be open six days a week.
"The move to open the counters follows demand from the trade for local outlets in addition to our existing service," Mr Mewett explained. "All counters will be manned by staff used to working with the trade and able to provide customers with advice on stock ranges, individual products and the latest 'Xtra deals' in-store."
An 'Express Collection' service will allow plumbers to order and pay for goods using the Plumbfix telephone service and then to collect them from the counter 15 minutes later. A free next-day delivery service to home or site is also available for orders placed in-store before 6pm.
"The trade counters are backed by the Screwfix infrastructure," said Mr Mewett. "To ensure Plumbfix remains exclusive, contractors will have to demonstrate their trade credentials."