• This months email contains:

    • Why is productivity slipping, and what can we do about it?
    • Some of the best ways to improve client retention
    • Could robotics become the future of the construction industry?
    • Scientists have created shape shifting furniture of the future
    • "Nuclear" Tim Osborne completes a 12km obstacle course
    • Recycling week and the unusual suspects
  • Productivity - an issue that spans the whole of the construction industry
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  • The issue of decreased productivity is one that plagues the construction industry as a whole.

    There are obviously other important issues, such as labour shortages and increased regulations, but productivity is the only one that rears its ugly head over all of the different sectors.

    When compared to advancements in other industries over the last 50 years, studies have shown that productivity gains within the construction industry have been tiny. This is a problem that effects construction companies of all sizes, from the largest to the smallest.

    Analysts suspect that the main reason for this lack of productivity is the inherently combative nature of the industry. Whereas in the past, designers, engineers and builders would work together to complete a project, nowadays everything is done separately, with different groups handling different aspects of the project, which hinders progress.

    To increase productivity, we need to change the system, so that there is more communication between all different aspects and groups that are involved in a construction project. The lack of efficiency is a key problem that is holding back the industry.

    Our industry is slow to react to new technology, despite the massive potential that it has. If we can develop a more user-central system, then the industry will no longer find itself the victim of low productivity, and will instead benefit from increased prosperity.

  • What are the best ways to improve client retention?
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  • The survival of your business relies on a huge number of factors, but one of the most important is client and customer retention. In retaining a client, you save money and time that you would have spent convincing a new customer to buy your product.

    You will experience similar benefits when you are successful in retaining customers; you are opening up the possibility for repeat purchases, further down the line.

    Even the best business may eventually struggle with under performing retention rates, so it is important to make sure that you have the best system in place to help.

    So how can you reap these benefits?

    Here are 5 handy tips;

    • Use numbers to prove, not persuade. Being able to use facts and numerical value to prove what you are saying to your customers is a sure fire way to prove to them that you are trustworthy and can deliver. This way, your clients will come back to you.
    • Constantly communicate. Communication is the best way to prevent the breakdown of healthy, profitable, client-company relations.
    • Over-deliver. Missed expectations are one of the key reasons that clients leave. To solve this, you can under-promise and over deliver. Creating a realistic expectation, and then exceeding it, will help retain clientele.
    • Be personal - use human interaction. Creating a human face for your business, with personal touches, makes it harder for clients and customers to leave.
    • Adapt with change. Prove to the client that you are adapting and looking to the future. This often increases the confidence the client has in you going forward, and they are more likely to return.
  • A new robot could revolutionise the construction industry
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  • BAM has released a new 3D printer that is specially designed to be used on construction sites.

    Uniquely it can be fitted with caterpillar tracks to make the job of traversing the often uneven terrain of a construction site easier.

    The robot can print stone and concrete exterior components, which means that its value to the construction industry is obvious. The hope is that in the future, the machine will be able to print other materials, such as steel, on site.

    The creators say that the machine is the first example of robotics being combined with 3D printing, and it is being trialed currently at a site in Amsterdam.

    The robot works in much the same way as an inkjet printer, but rather than putting ink onto paper, the robot drips a bonding liquid onto sand, which then hardens. This re-occurs, layer by layer, until the required shape has been achieved.

  • Cheltenham Range complements high calibre London apartments

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  • Premiere is supplying the new Cheltenham Range of kitchens for a prestigious property development in London.

    The property contains luxury 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments together with penthouses. Conveniently located for central London, it is also served by excellent transport links to all major routes.

    Premiere was selected to supply kitchens for this project based upon product quality, value for money, design and delivery capability, and overall customer service. Additional key considerations when selecting a kitchen furniture supplier were the ability to deliver pre-built units ready to install, on pre-agreed scheduled dates.

    The supply of kitchens from the new Cheltenham Range will be completed on a phased basis, and planned according to the property readiness to receive prior to installation.

  • The shape shifting furniture of the future
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    Scientists have created a shape shifting material that reacts to heat and light, so it can assemble and disassemble itself. It can boast shape memory behaviour, as well as movement and repairing functions that are triggered by light.

    The furniture is composed of individually upholstered stools, held together by magnets. There are proximity sensors in each stool that allows you to control their position in real time.
    You can see the furniture in action on youtube here.
  • Smart materials like this could very well be the future of our industry. Foldable furniture that unfurls into its shape in your living room when unboxed, without any input from you, is an idea that may very well come true in the future.

    This material has clear applications in the furniture industry, historically, smart materials have been too expensive to be feasible, but this new one is cheaper to manufacture, and thus has wide ranging potential usage.

    There is an interesting video on smart materials here, we see a huge opportunity for these materials in our industry.

    It also has uses outside the furniture industry, such a medicine, or as a self-repairing structural material.

  • Tim Osborne goes nuclear
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    Tim Osborne, National Kitchen Sales Manager for Premiere, has always relished a challenge, so when he heard about the Nuclear Race to be held at the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Essex, he signed up.

    Tim and his team took on the 12km course over varied, undulating terrain, overcoming 96 large and challenging obstacles and copious amounts of mud along the way.
  • The team of four (men and women) rose to the challenge to complete the course in around 3 hours 45 minutes, leaving them both exhausted and exhilarated at the finishing line. And they are already looking to book their next race.

    Tim and his team celebrated their achievements afterwards with a well-deserved pizza.

  • Recycling bins help you with the "unusual suspects"
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    It’s Recycle Week 12-18 September - a celebration of recycling, with this year's theme being 'The Unusual Suspects'.

    The aim of the week is to encourage people to think about all those items that often get forgotten about when recycling at home. 

    Premiere supply different recycling solutions which fit neatly out of the way in kitchen cupboards.
  • We've pulled together a list of some of the more common items that people forget to recycle.

    • plastic wrap
    • sandwich bags
    • aluminium foil
    • bras
    • tights
    • plastic straws
    • receipts
    • shampoo bottles
    • toilet paper rolls
    • mobile phones

    The City pull out waste bin from Premiere is available in 2 x 12 litre and 4 x 12 litre options, providing colour coded bins for easy compartment identification.

    For information about Recycle week, visit http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/recycle-week-2016.

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