Co-op Electrical warehouse flood

Earlier this month the North-West of England was hit by some terrible storms and here at Co-op Electrical, we didn’t get off lightly either.

Colleagues on the night shift went for their break, but by the time they returned to the warehouse the rain had beaten them to it.

The emergency outlets on the building’s down pipes had been forced open with the pressure from the rainwater and proceeded to flood the warehouse. Luckily for our members and customers the team moved quickly into action.

Picture of the down pipe at Co-op Electrical's warehouse
The down pipe

Simon a member of our team  jumped onto the warehouse’s scrubbing machine to try to suck up as much excess water as he could, whilst fellow colleagues continued to pick stock for delivery wherever they were safe to do so.

The team moved around the warehouse in sections, with some colleagues redirecting water to drainage pipes. Simon with the machine and others continuing their usual duties as best they could, ensuring our customers’ purchases would be dispatched in time and in perfect condition.

Picture of the down pipe at Co-op Electrical's warehouse
The scrubbing machine

The rain continued to pour for over an hour, but due to the fantastic work from our warehouse team only 20 products were damaged.

Thank you to all the team.

James Holland
Managing Director, Co-op Electrical

 

Alan Williamson joins as Head of Marketing for Co-op Electrical

In March  Co-op Electrical became part of CoopDigital. We want to grow and to make it a truly digital business, not just an online one. To help us do this I’m delighted to tell you Alan Williamson has joined as Head of Marketing for Co-op Electrical this week.

Alan has worked in marketing and eCommerce for over 15 years, most recently at Netflights.com a division of the Emirates group where he held the position of eCommerce Director. Before this Alan worked at Bupa, Shop Direct and City Bank.

Picture of Alan Williamson - head of marketing - Co-op Electrical
Alan Williamson – Head of Marketing – Co-op Electrical

As well as welcoming Alan to Co-op, I’d like to also say thank you to Charlie Manson who for the past 3 years has managed marketing together with his day job as Head of Buying.

Thanks Charlie and welcome Alan.

James Holland
Managing Director – Co-op Electrcial

Highlights from the Co-op senior leadership event.

Last week I attended an event with group of around a hundred senior leaders from across the Co-op. It’s the first time I’ve been invited and I was proud to be included. It all sounds formal and intimidating, but that’s not what I felt when I got there. Everyone was warm, friendly and keen to know who I was and what I did.

The two days consisted of presentations and workshops. I got to see lots of exciting and insightful things from every area of the Co-op. The exec welcomed feedback on what we could do better.

Co-op Enterprise Leaders Event

 I learned so much in a short space of time – I thought I’d share my favourite bits:

 Richard Pennycook and  Rod Bulmer  showed just how much they care about the Co-op. They’re approachable, grounded and witty.

 Andy Phelps shared some great tips how to best engage your team through change. He’s even lending me a few books.

Robert MacLachlan exemplified the spirit of  our Funeralcare business.

James Holland from Co-op Electrical brought a tear to my eye. He talked about his best friend who suffers from a severe health issue. We employed him and supported him through his treatment. This reminded me the Co-op has a good heart.

I’ve never felt so positive about the future of the Co-op.

Danielle.
@MrsDHW