It's nearly the bank holiday weekend, which means two things: the great weather is bound to break and most of the nation will be embarking on some form of home (or garden) improvements. But all you keen DIY-ers beware: the likelihood of your local store having all you need in stock is very slim. Prepare yourself for extended journeys or settling for second best.
A study by Strategix reveals that of ten popular products, only 1 out of 15 leading DIY stores had all items in stock. With just one day to go before the weekend, these stores must prepare themselves for some very unhappy customers.
Strategix identified ten products that are typically in demand at this time of year. Calls were then made to 15 individual DIY stores across the country to see if all ten items were available immediately.
• On average, the stores had only two thirds of the stock available immediately (66%)
• 5 stores had half (or less) of the items available
• 1 store had only 3 of the 10 items available
• Only 1 store had all 10 items available
"It's outrageous that many customers are going to be disappointed this bank holiday weekend," said Peter Lusty, chief executive of Strategix. "Given the fact that stores are aware of the holiday and that they’re sourcing merchandise from all around the world, they need to be able to plan and stock up accordingly. This is a complex supply and demand issue, but it can be resolved by having the right supply chain and management systems in place. Customers should not have to wait or settle for second best - especially as DIY can be stressful enough as it is!"
The products sourced by Strategix were as follows:
• 1 x Boston kettle charcoal barbecue
• 3 tubes x black rubber silicon sealant
• 8 x 6ft x 6ft fence panels
• Black & Decker 12volt cordless drill
• 20 boxes x white tiles 4x6 inches
• 1 x Iron 6ft garden gate
• Flymo hover collect mower
• 5ft x 4ft garden shed
• Half a pallet of common bricks
• 13ft x 13ft foot of decking
• 6ft ladder
Strategix is a leading European software house, dedicated to the development and rapid deployment of supply chain software. It focuses on the wholesale and retail distribution, logistics and service sectors where its software maximizes supply chain efficiency and accelerates customer service. Its systems are designed for reliability, availability and performance and customers enjoy a rapid return on investment and genuine competitive advantage.
Focused on key growth sectors, which range from high technology to household and building products, Strategix numbers businesses such as, Dimension Data, Eurodis plc, Fired Earth, Fuller Smith and Turner, London Underground, Midwich, Routeco plc and Virgin Mobile among its customers.
For more information, please contact:
Adrian Brophy – tel: 0207 298 7138, mobile: 077 3933 7138
Claire Dell – tel: 0207 298 7046, mobile: 077 3933 7046
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