Independent hardware supplier Carl F Groupco has confirmed it is continuing to hold enhanced stock levels to support its growing customer base. Managing Director John Crittenden said: “Despite market conditions, we are continuing to hold strong stock levels at £5 million to support the market and remain a reliable partner to our customers during these turbulent times. Our investment in stock inventory at our Peterborough and Cumbernauld distribution centres allows us to offer short lead times and a high level of customer service.”
Carl F Groupco increased its stock levels from £3.5 million to £5.5 million during the pandemic surge and recently made the decision to continue to hold elevated levels. John commented: “There is no doubt supply chain turbulence has settled down since the worst days of the pandemic. However, the world is now facing a whole new set of challenges and economic pressures so we felt it was only right to use our scale to hold higher stock levels and protect our customers.”
The decision to maintain higher levels of inventory reflects Carl F Groupco’s proactive approach to its customers. It provides an extensive range of premium quality window and door hardware and has long-standing relationships with Europe’s most innovative manufacturers.
The company also offers a value-added consultancy service, testing and working with its customers’ fabrication teams and manufacturer partners to scope new hardware solutions and ensure smooth transitions to new ranges.
For ease of ordering and an improved customer experience, the company recently launched My CFG, an online digital platform. John said: “My CFG is an easy-to-navigate platform which works across desktop and mobile devices and features several key functions including online ordering, quotation requests and live account facilities. This brings huge benefits to our customers as it gives them 24/7 access to all business functions helping them to be more productive and efficient.”
The company also supported – and continues to support – customers and the wider supply chain through the changes to Building Regulations earlier in the year.
For these reasons and more, Carl F Groupco has a decades-long track record, which gives it a longevity few can match.
In turbulent times, it makes sense to seek stability wherever you can. When it comes to hardware supply, that stability is available with Carl F Groupco.