The pressure seems to be ever-increasing on the skilled and hardworking teams that service and maintain properties belonging to housing associations. Ultimately too many end users are being left too long without the services they require because of basic material and labour issues. In addition, installers are having to carry significant proportions of slow-moving stock on their vans to try to ensure a ‘first time fix,’ which is both a financial burden and a risk in vehicles being overweight incurring Health & Safety and environmental issues.
Social Housing Customers are trying to help resolve these issues by actively looking for guidance on how to improve their materials supply chain. At Rexel, we have an ideal solution to help address most of these key aspects and also tackle others, with our intelligent stock and asset management system, SmartStock including van stock and store solutions.
What is SmartStock?
There are two SmartStock solutions: VanStock and SmartStores.
The VanStock solution sees Rexel introduce new stock management technology for installers, so that they can better understand what fast-moving stock items are needed and what products they are removing or reducing on their vehicle stockholding. This way installers can ensure they have the right products in the right quantities as van stocks when required, ensuring efficient stockholding, reducing travelling time, assisting in delivering first time fixes and improving customer satisfaction.
SmartStore sees Rexel apply the same technology to existing stores, to allow teams to better manage local stock levels and drive cost efficiencies without affecting performance.
What are some of the key benefits of SmartStock?
Rexel SmartStock automatically tracks and replenishes stock that is being widely utilised in real time. This saves the installers time and money in having to undertake monitoring of stock and placing orders, preventing unnecessary extra spend.
Another key consideration is the financial benefit. With VanStock, installers can afford to reduce what stock they are holding on their vans. As a direct result, this reduces the risk of wastage and shrinkage and financial inefficiencies, which may be passed down the supply chain and ultimately, to the client.
Does it help with compliance?
Post Grenfell, it is essential Housing Associations ensure product specifications are met and compliance is achieved. The SmartStock solution helps this happen. Following product installation, it is easy and simple to provide a full audit trail to show what, where, and when components have been used.
How does this help with reducing carbon footprint?
Commercial organisations need to ensure all fast-moving products are held as VanStock and replenished efficiently without multiple supplier visits. SmartStock offers a one-stop solution that ensures installers have stock available at the right time, in the right place, and in the right quantities - whether that’s on the van or in-store.
What else is there to consider?
We’re now hopefully reaching the much-anticipated end of the second national COVID-19 lockdown, but we’re still likely to be encouraged to minimise social contact where possible. VanStock increases ‘first-time fix’ and reduces potential social contact, and the same principle applies to visiting suppliers. If all stock can be purchased by visiting a single Rexel SmartStore, unnecessary contact is reduced.
Rexel is constantly looking for new ways to innovate and is always considering the position of its end-user. Anything we can do as a responsible and considerate supplier benefits housing association customers in the long-term.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how our SmartStock solution is already operating we’d be delighted to hear from you https://www.rexel.co.uk/uki/smartstock
To find your local Rexel branch use our handy branch locator here: https://www.rexel.co.uk/uki/store-finder