With Christmas just around the corner, many wholesalers across the UK will be reviewing their year and making critical decisions about their stock holding and their chosen suppliers. Here, Knightsbridge looks at how its vast stocking capabilities can benefit you.
The importance of these decisions becomes even more prominent when we consider the current uncertainty surrounding the UK’s economy. At Knightsbridge, we have been supporting wholesalers for over 20 years. Along the way, we’ve learned a few things about how wholesalers can get the most of their stock and service from their suppliers.
We are your warehouse
Using a supplier with a fast, reliable service means that wholesalers can turn around urgent orders for their customers, even when the stock doesn’t exist in their own storage space.
At Knightsbridge, we ensure that all stock kept inside our 113,000ft² warehouse is kept replenished and readily available. Our fulfillment for next day delivery is 99%, so you can rely on us to get those last-minute orders to you in time to keep your customers satisfied.
This essentially means that even a small business with limited storage space can provide a service matching that of companies with acres of warehouse space at their disposal.
Beyond delivering to your branch, we also offer the option of delivering directly to your customers with our ‘K-Direct’ service. For a small fee, we will deliver products to your customers on your behalf, bridging the gap between you and your customers. This saves time for all parties involved.
To use this service, all you need to do is log on to our website and select ‘START A NEW K-DIRECT ORDER’ to get started.
It can be unnecessarily costly to stock multiple variants of one product in instances where just one option should be adequate. Although it can be beneficial to offer a variety of insert colour options when buying metal decorative sockets (where inserts are unavoidable), the same cannot be said for the rest of the range.
For example, if you stock a range of brushed chrome sockets with white, grey and black inserts, you’ll also need to stock the rest of the range with white, grey and black inserts. This is not the case at Knightsbridge, as all our switches and fused spur units do not feature different coloured inserts/surroundings. This means only one version of a brushed chrome wiring accessory is needed to accompany all three insert variants of the brushed chrome switched socket.
The result is up to a 30% reduction in your SKU holding, more flexibility in your purchasing and some freed up storage space.
Smarter packaging solutions
Although it’s rarely the deciding factor, the type of packaging used by a supplier is an important factor often overlooked. It’s impossible to ignore the attention surrounding climate change and companies are now doing more than ever to reduce their carbon footprint.
At Knightsbridge, this philosophy is important to us, and this is why we have started to apply it to the way we package and present our products. We are now working in conjunction with the Forest Stewardship Council moving towards 100% recyclable/recycled packaging solutions.
There are additional benefits to this – the use of polybags instead of plastic cases for switches and sockets is an easy way to save space and allows for resealing without damaging the packaging.
Every now and then, it pays off to try out innovative products that you wouldn’t normally order. Innovative products can provide that much-needed solution for those niche problems electricians sometimes come across.
For example, Knightsbridge has recently introduced a fan isolator switch module into its range of grid wiring accessories. The main benefit of this being that it allows electricians to install fan isolator switches on the side of doorframes rather than above them as is traditionally the norm. Because it is a grid module, it can be combined with other switch modules or a fused holder on one plate, therefore saving the installer space and time on the job.
Knightsbridge also offers a large range of exclusive USB charging accessories including switched sockets with Fast Charge USB ports (Type-A and the new Type-C) and Quad USB 5.1A sockets. These USB solutions are a step up from the standard 2.1A/3.1A USB ports available on the market and provide a faster charging solution where required.
Stocking items like this means wholesalers can suggest and provide alternative solutions to their customers when required, breaking tradition and potentially winning new business.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
If you’d like to get in touch or if you’d like a more detailed look at the range of products, please visit: https://www.mlaccessories.co.uk/