A new ‘Amazon’ for helping small builders buy building products was launched this week.
Snaffle Solutions has created an online platform which allows suppliers of building materials to upload their entire product range. It means that customers will be able to compare prices, browse an huge range of products and place orders to be fulfilled directly through suppliers’ own warehousing and logistics.
With a combined 25 years’ worth of experience in supplying construction companies big and small, the co-founders of Snaffle Solutions believe there is a fast-growing appetite for builders to purchase their building products online, guaranteeing fast delivery with no downtime collecting materials.
The site is designed to find the best price or closest supplier depending on what is more important to them. And that’s anywhere in the country.
Snaffle’s co-founder Luke Robertson said: “It’s brilliant to see how this is benefiting everyone in the industry - both customers and sellers. On one hand we are giving many well-established more traditional businesses in the market extra sales with an online presence, and on the other we are making the builders lives easier by getting goods to site more efficiently.”
One study Snaffle undertook showed that on average a builder or tradesperson can spend 2.8 hours a day in their van driving to and from merchants.