The business has grown steadily ever since and they now boast an enviable client list across all sectors of retail. A visit to their website shows a client list that is a who’s who of the UK high street – Morrisons, B&Q, Currys PC World, WH Smith amongst others.
Ronald Cohen expands, “The business was developed in the eighties when retail, and DIY in particular, were booming. We became exclusive distributors of display hooks and fixtures for JD Geck, Europe’s largest manufacturers of these products and retailers come to us for our outstanding quality, service, innovation and competitiveness. Over the years the client list has expanded and we are particularly proud of our outstanding client retention rate. Our customers stay with us because of the service we provide and our attention to detail.”
“We maintain huge stocks of our most popular lines and with three warehouse locations in UK, we can supply anywhere in mainland UK within 24 hours.”
Foxbarn and Geck have been at the forefront of innovation in the display equipment industry. Geck invented the direct entry hook – a clasp-locking feature that fixes hooks directly into the panel; a lifesaver for merchandisers. As Ron says, “Innovations in our industry are obviously not a matter of life and death but features like this or say, developing bespoke display solutions for specific products can increase sales and save retailers millions of pounds in reduced merchandising time.”
Case Study – Argos
The Challenge: Argos were rolling out a new display solution across all their UK stores and required newly designed slatwall panels. The Argos estate included a variety of different shelving systems, each with their own particular specifications. No two systems could take the same panel:
The Solution: Foxbarn designed bespoke solutions to fit each system and manufactured the hooks and ticket carriers for the display. They collated acrylics and other POS material from third party suppliers at their Wembley warehouse
The Advantage: Foxbarn ensured all 724 Argos stores received their goods exactly as per requested – without error and all on time. David Cohen, Operations Manager (and also Ron’s son) speaks of how Foxbarn enjoys the challenge of large and complex roll-outs and pulling out the stops to deliver excellent service for fantastic clients.
As the business grew so did the product range. While display hooks and fixtures still form a major part of the product range, the catalogue has expanded to include:
• Conveyor-belted checkout counters
• Dump Bins
• POS Materials – datastrips, stock limiters etc
• Rolling shopping baskets
Lately, a particularly exciting new line has been their Udizine range – a modular “puck & socket” slat system. The systems answers an essential retailer need for contemporary, functionally smart systems (that only look expensive) that create a stunning visual effect and most importantly, increase sales. Jason Stevens, Sales Manager at Foxbarn, expands on the benefits of the system, ”Its beauty lies in the simplicity. The sockets can be inserted into any sort of wall panel and allow for truly creative displays. For example, retailers could heavily market their product with reverse printed acrylic displays that can then be merchandised.” Foxbarn recently installed a stunning curved wall display into Snow & Rock’s High Street Kensington store:
Case Study – Snow & Rock
THE CHALLENGE: To design a curved wall, that could incorporate a rock in the middle of the store, with the ability to merchandise on the outer side. The new display needed to provide a brighter, fresher look to the traditional Snow & Rock urban image.
THE SOLUTION: UDIZINE’s UK representative, Foxbarn and their designer worked closely with the store. The result was a sleek curved wall featuring FreeWall individual slats arranged in a unique design that created an open retail space.
ADVANTAGE: Unlike most other fixtures, the FreeWall is uniquely suitable for installation on curved surfaces.
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