Material storage pods to be used to increase efficiency and reduce carbon footprint
In partnership with Buildbase, part of the Grafton builder merchants’ group, Qualis Management has installed three material storage pods across the Epping Forest District to improve the efficiency of its service to customers and reduce its carbon footprint.
Working with Buildbase, the pods are being used to hold stock that isn’t normally carried on the Qualis Management vans but may be needed to carry out repair work in the homes of customers renting from Epping Forest District Council. The use of the pods means that our team can stay within the area, reducing travel time and speed of service as they don’t need to travel to and from the branch to collect materials, therefore increasing efficiency and reducing unnecessary carbon emissions.
Ben Johnson, Managing Director of Qualis Management said, “We are pleased to be working with Buildbase to pilot these pods. This innovation has been set up to improve the efficiency of our service and the time it takes to complete jobs for our customers.”
“The pods will work in similar way to a warehouse, but on a much smaller scale. When the operative arrives, they can select the items they need and scan them onto their van stock. This allows products to be fully audited and stock to be replenished when required. In addition we are trialling solar panels on one of the pods to generate the electricity needed to run the pod, with a view of introducing this to the other pods in the future.”
Stephen Bullock, Accounts Director of Buildbase commented, “We are committed to providing excellent customer service from the ground up, delivering efficient and flexible solutions to supply chain problems and focusing on providing the correct materials, on time, whilst injecting value for money into Qualis’ operations. We have a great deal of experience facilitating contracts with contractors with similar requirements to Qualis Management and look forward to working closely with the team.”
The contract will be fulfilled from Buildbase Hub in Harlow which will support the three pods and stock will be replenished on a weekly basis. All pods are fitted with CCTV.