Picton Hopkins at it's best!

Picton Hopkins at it's best!

One of the oldest family owned businesses in Victoria, Picton Hopkins has been manufacturing and designing plaster products since 1857.

For over 60 years, Picton Hopkins has stocked CSR Gyprock® plasterboard and accessories, and following on from a strong performance, the business was identified by Gyprock as a potentially valuable acquisition. Rolling Picton Hopkins into the CSR stable of businesses delivered a markedly increased level of experience and skill within the plaster products category, and sees the business fully refurbished and trading as Gyprock Solutions.

As a long-standing supply partner to the CSR Ltd Group of companies, Emrack International was approached in the early business planning stages to quantify and evaluate existing storage systems, and specifically, their compatibility with AS4084-2012 and CSR’s stringent OH&S policies.

During CSR’s initial due-diligence process, Luke Cable. National Sales Manager for Emrack, was approached to provide a report and evaluation in respect of the existing Picton Hopkins’ racking and storage systems, and their compliance with CSR’s stringent OHS guidelines.

Luke states, “as part of the ongoing support to CSR, we actively seek to find ways in which we can optimise, improve or reconfigure existing racking and shelving assets to deliver the best results. In this instance, the site required evaluation of a range of systems including Cantilever Racking, Pallet Racking, Gondola Shelving and a range of other requirements”

In conjunction with all stakeholders and consultants, Emrack worked with the client to create floor plans and schematics which resulted in optimising a layout specific to the client’s products and site.

The plans involved a new design to the retail area and increased storage due to expansion in the trade and warehouse area.  Emrack was awarded the full refit works for both the trade and retail area which included custom colour configurations to fit with interior design requirements.

Perfectly to schedule, containers were stored off site at one of Emrack’s national network of staging and warehousing facilities until the project was ready for installation. This approach ensures speedy response times to changes in the construction schedule and the smoothest possible project delivery. Careful staging and planning was an important factor in ensuring absolute minimal disruption to the business, with the safest and most speedy installation possible.

The works were to be completed during normal business hours to ensure costs for labour remained low, while maintaining a strong focus on ensuring CSR Picton Hopkins could focus on continual sales and client service throughout the refit process. The retail fitout, including all new CSR specific Gondola Shelving and associated merchandising components, was closely scheduled according to the client’s requirements and completed in approximately 3-5 days.

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