We did the hard work so the Building & Timber Merchant didn't have to...

Established for almost 30 years, McNairs are an independent Building and Timber Merchant that provides quality materials and service to Trade and DIY customers throughout Scotland.

They came to BD looking for an accurate way to map delivery areas in order to construct an accurate delivery pricing model.

The Challenge

As an independent trading across Scotland and competing in a very competitive marketplace, it’s imperative that McNair gets delivery right. Their excellent service has to match their excellent products and position them as a key player in the market, but, with an extensive delivery area and no readily-available mapping tools to plot sectors and charging bands, this was proving difficult…

The Solution

Having experimented with Google Maps and other digital and printed postcode area maps, McNairs couldn’t quite plot exactly what they wanted. Stephen Ballantyne, General Manager at McNairs notes ‘nothing turned out right and was then difficult to amend’.

That’s where BD came in…

By using our bureau service, we did the hard work so McNairs didn’t have to.  A dedicated Account Manager incorporated maps from Prospex (our GIS) and data from TimeTravel (our distance calculator) to produce a series of maps which clearly highlighted delivery zones based on distances reached in 20, 40 and 60 minutes from McNairs Kirkintilloch distribution centre.

The Benefits

By using our distance calculator, types of road (motorway, A, B and rural), times of day (rush hour and off-peak) and types of vehicle (car, HGV) are all taken into account ensuring McNairs’ delivery system uses only the most accurate and up-to-date road network and speed data.

McNairs continued to praise the work completed by Beacon Dodsworth stating ‘BD were not only very patient with our various amends and minor ‘tweaks’, but quickly understood what we wanted and provided a final solution that met our requirements in full. I would have no hesitation in recommending BD in the future if you are looking for a quick, accurate and helpful service’.

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