- February, 2018
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Plumbers Merchants – Focus on Redstone Supplies Limited
Monument Tools designs manufactures and markets professional quality tools for plumbing, roofing and drainage. Monument sells direct and through wholesalers to plumbers merchants, such as Redstone Supplies Limited, builders’ merchants as well as to retail and through export partners.
Working with Independent Merchants
Monument has a long standing relationship with Independent Plumbers Merchants going back to the start of the C20 when Monument supplied plumbing and roofing tools in London. More recently Monument is a NMBS member and part of the BMF both supporters of the merchant industry. Whilst the C21 has seen a continued rise is online sales, the majority of sales of Monument in the UK are through plumbers merchants such as Redstone Supplies Limited.
Redstone Supplies Limited has two branches Maidstone Plumbing Centre established in 1985 and Redhill Plumbing Centre established in 1993. The two were amalgamated in 2012 to form Redstone Supplies Limited.
Within the two branches there is over 130 years of experience and they pride themselves on their product knowledge and providing the correct, quality merchandise to complete the job correctly.
Why choose Monument Brand?
When Redstone was established there were two brands leading the market in Plumbing and Heating Tools, one being Monument brand. Redstone decided to go with both brands to give their customers a choice and to offer lines that are a speciality to both brands.
This is still their philosophy. Joint Managing Director, Michael Weeks is also a believer in “if you have not got it you can’t sell it”.
Full Range of Monument
Redstone have increased their stock holding so they now hold the entire professional range of Monument. The range for Plumbers Merchants can be seen in Merchandising Solutions Catalogue.
Michael Weeks comments “It is good to deal with a family owned independent company, such as Monument, where we are treated as a customer, not a number”.
“We like to buy quality and to be able to deal with a person on the end of the phone who understands the business. We like to sell Monument Tools as they are a British manufacturer which sells a majority of lines which are #MadeInBritain”.
Monument Quality and Service
Michael adds “The packaging is good and clearly displays the product. We particularly like the innovative products that are made for example the Omat, personalised bleed keys and the Grip + range – a recent addition to our range that have sold very well.
“At product level, we also love the the C21 answer to force cups – the Monument Master Plungers e.g. 1459W and MP1600. Monument also have an advantage being able to personalise product and have personalised Monument Autocuts for Redstone Supplies Limited, which helps put our company branch names out there in the market”.
The Test for Stocking Monument ?
Michael has a test for stocking product in the Plumbers Merchants :
“Is it the right money, is it quality and can we sell it”? Monument Tools score highly on all three criteria.
Availability through Wholesalers
Redstone Supplies Limited have always traded direct with Monument Tools and appreciate Monument quick lead time (December 2017 On Time In Full OTIF at Order Line level was a shade under 98% delivered inside 3 days to UK mainland plumbers merchants). Redstone though are also able to buy most of the Monument brand lines they need from Toolbank, without minimum order value and available for delivery next day.
Plumbers Merchants Redhill
To visit the Redhill branch :
The New Inn 147 Brighton Road Redhill Surrey RH1 6PS
Tel : 01737 780 000
and don’t forget to #AskForMonument
Plumbers Merchants Maidstone
To visit the Maidstone branch :
Maidstone Plumbing Centre The Old Brewery Rocky Hill London Road Maidstone Kent ME16 0DZ
Tel : 01622 692440
and don’t forget to #AskForMonument
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