Based in Whitchurch, Shropshire, The Wood Yard Limited is a traditional
timber merchant, which has been supplying local tradesman (and keen DIYers)
for more than 130 years. The company has recently undergone a rebrand and
has used the opportunity to expand its range of products and services as well
as increase the depth of stock.
Traditionally supplying an extensive range of machined and sawn softwoods
as well as hardwood, over the years The Wood Yard has continued to adapt
its offerings as tastes and demands have changed. It now offers cutting and
planing services, a wide range of doors (supply and installation), and glass and
key cutting services.
“We are extremely proud of The Wood Yard,” says managing director Andrew
Haydock. “It is the go-to place for local tradesmen and DIYers, and we always
offer a friendly and professional service.”
The Wood Yard has recently added a new layer of direct trade to the business
where production is outsourced and delivery is made direct to the customer
both in the UK and abroad. The Wood Yard also has a self-storage business
where it rents containers to the trade, existing customers, and the public.
Historically The Wood Yard was part of a larger group that used
previous versions of the Epicor BisTrack solution, and employees
were familiar with the straightforward software. However, the
older versions that the business was using didn’t possess a sales
ledger function, so expensive accounting software had to be
purchased, maintained, and interfaced to the BisTrack software.
This was expensive and slow. The company didn’t want to
move away from using BisTrack software, and whilst higher in
specification than many would think necessary for a single-site
operation, its flexibility to accommodate the new activities was a
key determinant in the choice.
“Updating our version made the accounting function much
easier to manage,” says Haydock. “The simplicity of the quoting
and converting to sales order function is a real time saver and
the flexibility of the system has made everything easy.”
“Our new version of BisTrack software has more bells and
whistles which offer time savings and our half yearly stock takes
can be replaced by regular stock checks,” continues Haydock.
The BisTrack solution helps many small- to medium-sized
builders and timber merchant businesses to grow—in fact,
around 40% of the top-performing companies are using Epicor
BisTrack software to grow their business, according to the results
of Builder Merchants Journal’s ‘Trailblazers’ research.
“The Wood Yard just goes to show that BisTrack software is just
as useful to smaller merchants as to those larger independents,”
explains Stuart Hall, sales director at Epicor UK. “The BisTrack
solution is powerful but scalable and highly flexible. As their
companies flourish and evolve, they can tap into it as and when
they need to—it really does help your business grow.”