The hugely successful Trend Kitchens has been enhanced by the addition of new colours, finishes and upgrades, ready for KBB Birmingham. The original Trend collection set new standards for style and value when it was launched in 2012, proving that you can have a designer ‘look’ in terms of quality and style but with an affordable price tag.
Many of the doors have been enhanced across all price ranges, providing even better quality. There is a new bevelled woodgrain shaker door available in four contemporary colours, Dust Grey, Ivory, Mussel and Light Grey. The new Dust Grey extends the shades of the ever popular grey and is included in four different price groups. An additional six matt colours have been introduced into the matt painted handleless range.
Most of the Trend kitchens are available with colour coordinated cabinets and a comprehensive range of accessories including sinks, taps and worktops. Innovative storage solutions include pull down units and midway storage systems.
With matching media furniture and the European styled worktop UrbanTop also part of the Trend brand, retailers have even more opportunities to personalise designs and create spaces that are designed for living.
“These enhancements secure Trend Interiors place as a market leading collection that is easy to buy and easy to sell,” says sales and marketing director Graham Jones. “The launch of our improved trade website for on-line ordering across all Trend ranges makes it even easier for retailers, saving them time and money.
“The improvements to the retailer portal have made ordering simpler, providing more flexible options to change orders at any stage in the on-line process, making it simple and fuss free and available 24 hours a day, including Christmas day.”
The new Trend products and the improved retailer portal will be on view at KBB Birmingham 2018, stand F100.
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Pictured: Trend kitchen showing new bevelled woodgrain shaker door in Dust Grey and Light Grey
Continuing confusion persists with owner/operators following the introduction of the December 18, 2017 hours of service mandate issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in the US.
Leading automotive logistics specialist, Car Delivery Network (CDN), an award-winning software developer with unrivalled track record in providing cloud-based solutions for the automotive industry, has also developed the highly-praised FMCSA approved FleetConnect Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution to help remedy this industry need.
FleetConnect is part of the company’s connected truck strategy and has been developed in line with the ‘Single Pane of Glass’ (SPOG) approach where all record keeping, monitoring, and crucial trip data is integrated via iPhone and/or Android to a SPOG dashboard and held in the cloud, once installed drivers are fully compliant.
Michael Buss, Account Sales Manager for CDN, admits much confusion is attributed to a lack of customer support. “Owner/operators struggle to fully comprehend which platform best fits their business needs and find themselves in a lurch, not knowing how to utilize what they bought,” he says. “Whether a mass-marketed pricey ELD provider or the bottom of the tier providers with a ‘bare bones’ approach, it all comes down to customer support.”
Upfront costs for FleetConnect are much less than the larger systems, but offer so much more in terms of value-for-money. Mr. Buss says: “As owner/operators replace paper records with ELDs, they require an agile support network to solve any dilemmas in a timely manner, which is not the case with most ELD companies.”
This is where CDN is gaining traction, as they place consumers’ need for support as a primary focus. Mr. Buss adds: “Just because our product is on the road doesn’t mean our business is done should there be any issues. Typically, FleetConnect queries are answered either same day, or within 48 hours, compared to the 5-7 day response time currently being experienced by many in the marketplace.”
Investing in FleetConnect supports the need to go paperless with a future-proof ELD solution. FleetConnect is able to link to CDN’s wide array of cloud based services and can update itself over-the-air. This means the owner/operator will not be required to make expensive or inconvenient hardware changes in order to access additional functionality.
Mr. Buss states: “Undoubtedly, our customer’s businesses will greatly profit by utilizing CDN’s future-proof technology as we continue to integrate value-added benefits.”
A new, 74-room hotel with Bar Café in Essex is the latest project that national property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed for Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain.
Thurrock Lakeside Travelodge is the first hotel to be opened at intu Lakeside shopping centre – also home to the forthcoming Nickelodeon fun park.
The purpose built, 74-room hotel with Bar Café and on-site car-parking has been designed in Travelodge’s new contemporary brand design and is situated overlooking Alexandra Lake at Lakeside shopping centre. Rooms are available from £29.
Wakemans acted as project manager for the hotel development, which represents an investment of £7 million for the landlord, Intu, and has created 21 new jobs. It is Travelodge’s 550th hotel.
To support local wildlife, duck houses have been sited on the lake and were provided by the UK’s largest independent hotel brand as part of the planning agreement.
Thurrock Lakeside Travelodge features the next generation of the company’s ‘Travelodgical’ contemporary room design. Together with the bespoke king size Travelodge Dreamer bed, this upgrade includes new bedside USB charging points, new softer LED ceiling lighting to give the room a warmer feel and a Samsung 32-inch digital television.
Wakemans Associate Director Nigel Himpson said: “Wakemans is proud to be one of Travelodge’s preferred suppliers offering a multi-disciplinary consultancy including project management, employer’s agent, cost consultancy and building surveying services along with broad experience of this type of scheme.
“We were pleased to support Travelodge on the development of the new Thurrock Lakeside hotel, which involved us in design and procurement decisions, dealing with the planning authorities, overseeing the budget and working with contractors throughout the lifecycle of the project.
Craig Bonnar, Travelodge, Chief Operating Officer said: “We are delighted to be the first hotel brand to open at intu Lakeside shopping centre. This new hotel is a great representation of how Travelodge has evolved as a brand. Thurrock Lakeside Travelodge will provide great value accommodation and help attract nationwide visitors to the shopping centre and to the new Nickelodeon fun park scheduled to open next year.
“Over the last three decades, Travelodge has become famous across the county for offering unbeatable value and making travel affordable for everyone, which has helped attract more business and leisure travellers to the area. As we look to the future, Essex remains a key growth area for Travelodge.
“Following our £2million investment in upgrading the customer experience and raising quality levels across our Essex hotels, we have seen a significant increase in sales; interestingly with more business customers staying in our hotels than ever before. However, there is still a shortage of good quality accommodation at a great value price. Therefore, to meet this growing consumer demand, we are looking for 11 new hotel sites across the county. This expansion represents an investment value of £88 million for third party investors and will create around 220 new jobs.”