With a combined turnover in excess of €300million, United Hardware is the industry’s largest representative group in Ireland and an international leader in sourcing and purchasing products.
The primary aim of United Hardware is to enable members to get the best possible deal from key suppliers by offering them a very cost-effective route to the independent market place. The Group has unrivalled international buying power through its highly experienced commercial team and through its membership of Bricoalliance.
Operating from a 140,000sqft, purpose-built warehouse on the outskirts of Dublin which is serviced by the M50 and N7 motorways, United Hardware’s expert buying team has a combined experience of over 70 years in sourcing and purchasing from local and international suppliers, along with the development of exclusive own brand ranges.
In partnership with its members, United Hardware owns and operates two of the industry’s leading retail brands, Homevalue and ARRO, through a highly sophisticated franchise model. All stores are independently owned and operated by members who pride themselves on offering a personalised market leading service, competitive pricing and innovative product offerings.
By joining United Hardware, members not only benefit from the competitive deals available from suppliers, but also its range of market-leading support services aimed at growing their business. The Group’s marketing programmes are built around the principles of growing sales while enhancing relationships with suppliers and trade customers.
Store development teams and store operations advisors help stores deliver best practice retailing and merchandising at store level while supporting members to achieve overall commercial success. This is underpinned by a team of regional managers who offer support and advice on all areas of the business through regular in-store meetings.
United Hardware also boasts a custom-built showroom located at its head office which displays over 30 product categories including exclusive own brands and serves as a template for store standards. In addition, the Group hosts two major tradeshows per year offering members the opportunity to meet key suppliers, secure exclusive deals, review new products and stay abreast with hardware news and trends.
Greenline Plumbing Supplies joined United Hardware last year. The company now avails of exclusive supplier offers and terms which will help improve its margins. It also has access to the Group’s own branded products, rebates, break bulk pricing and supplier tradeshows which helps differentiate the company from local competitors. In addition to this, Greenline can participate in the group’s eight million flyers which are distributed annually.
United Hardware’s store development team were responsible for transforming the store into a state-of-the-art modern facility with a high standard of merchandising. Greenline now works closely with United Hardware’s store operations team to identify key business opportunities, something which has been a major contributing factor to the success of the company.