Supplier of the year

Published:  22 June, 2009






2006 BS EATON  Cheslyn Hay, Walsall, West Midlands







Hunter Plastics’ service to its customers continues to improve as a result of the Continuous Improvement Programme instigated in mid-2006.

The following has been achieved: a 10% improvement in the delivery in full and on time service Hunter provides to its customers (his currently stands at 98%+ in 2007); a series of KPIs across the business against which all employees can achieve a significant financial bonus; the introduction of ‘lean manufacturing’ and process techniques, supported by NVQ training across all operational departments; enhanced, mutually agreed customer development plans aimed at providing customers with volume, profit growth and enhanced service; clarity about  the company’s ‘vision, mission and values’ as it aims to improve its customer offering in the future.

£6m-plus has been invested in the business over the past three years aimed at achieving continued business growth, process improvements and ongoing product and service innovation. Customer service remains the key to differentiating Hunter from other companies and the company maintains a daily focus on all aspects of getting it right.

Customer testimonials submitted, include:

“Hunter Plastics has been successful in winning our Annual Supply Chain Award in each of the past six years and is held in the highest regard.”

“In our business, availability of product from our suppliers is one of the keys to our success. During 2007, Hunter achieved a line fill rate on all orders supplied of 99.99% and a delivery on time and in full performance of 98.73%. Since Hunter supplies us with an extensive range across 182 sites, we calculate that it has several million opportunities a year to get it wrong. It rarely does.”

“Hunter operates with us as a ‘good faith supplier’: deliveries at our branches do not need to be checked, because we know through auditing of that company’s supply chain practices that orders are always delivered complete.”

“Through management and range reviews Hunter communicates at all levels in our business, keeping us abreast of market trends and exciting new product opportunities. It fully supports our marketing initiatives.”




Cheslyn Hay, Walsall, West Midlands

Buildbase nominated BS Eaton as its best supplier. In its own, most recent, internal supplier awards, Buildbase named BS Eaton “as the supplier that had outperformed all others”.

Some 39% of the branches that trade with BS Eaton nominated the company as their number one supplier. In total, 56% placed them among their top three suppliers and none of the focus groups considered BS Eaton to be a poor performer.

The Buildbase awards has a points system which factors in the size and number of branches each supplier deals with and BS Eaton amassed more than double the points of the second-placed supplier.

All feedback from Buildbase branches was very positive. For example:

(Newcastle Under Lyme) “First class delivery service, order confirmation faxed back within 10 minutes of being placed. Excellent sales and support team, easy to read invoice and delivery notes and all products are top quality.”

(Stoke) “The general feeling from all areas was that this was our best supplier. Good sales staff, efficient deliveries, no invoice queries, helpful efficient paperwork, well packaged products and excellent quality of product.”

(Nuneaton) “Drivers are capable and very willing to offload stocks into final position unaided, therefore saving double handling. They fully satisfy the criteria for best performing supplier.”

(Syston) “Prompt delivery, never had damaged stock or split packs, very professional drivers, clean trucks, always fax order confirmations, flexible on order changes and never have invoice queries.”

(Ashby) “Very polite and helpful sales office. Quotes are prompt. Lorry drivers are very helpful in positioning block paving and slabs straight into stock. Very good product.”

(Coalville) “An outstanding supplier with quality product and excellent service. Confirms every order and clear paperwork/good communication. Very helpful drivers. Have kept the same office staff for many years – a good sign of a top quality supplier.”


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