Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) September 13, 2012
BuildDirect.com, North America’s largest online destination for heavy weight building materials, announced today that it has shipped more than one billion pounds of flooring to hundreds of thousands of homeowners, professional contractors, and trades people across North America - an industry first for heavy goods distributors in eCommerce and a significant milestone in the company’s history. The weight equivalent of material shipped using BuildDirect’s real-time heavy weight shipping system is roughly 100,000 elephants. In addition, the company continued to experience significant momentum in August. Traffic to BuildDirect.com surpassed the 700,000 mark – the most visitors in a single month – for the first time, capping off a record-breaking month and a year that has seen a 65% increase in revenue growth.
“In March, which has traditionally been our peak month, more than 647,000 visitors came to the BuildDirect site looking for building materials. To surpass this record in August, which is typically a slower time of year for building materials, is astounding,” said Jeff Booth, President and CEO of BuildDirect. “What this tells us is that our business model is working better than ever before. We’ve almost doubled our number of new and repeat customers over the past year, and we’re ramping up to add new suppliers and products to our website. The demand has never been greater.”
Building a Critical Mass of Users
In the last few years, BuildDirect has sold nearly three million linear feet of flooring material, the equivalent of nearly 2,000 football stadiums. It has received more than 30,000,000 unique visits or 300,000,000 page views, a record for an online-exclusive building materials company. BuildDirect has also shipped approximately 750,000 free flooring samples to customers across North America, enabling them to see and feel the product first before committing to a large order.
The company offers its customers up to 80% in cost savings over retail prices, and is proud to have a repeat customer rate of 70%.
Taking BuildDirect to the Next Level
To sustain and drive further growth, BuildDirect has increased its product merchandizing team by five times over the past six months, including the recent addition of former Walmart Canada executive Gail Galea as its chief merchandizing officer. In July, the company moved to a larger office space to accommodate its expanding team. Several career opportunities currently exist in marketing, supply chain, procurement, and sales.
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Founded in 1999, BuildDirect is an e-commerce provider completely disrupting the retail building products industry by bridging the gap between the manufacturer and end user. By simplifying the supply chain, solving a heavy freight shipping issue that plagued the industry and creating a proprietary data-driven platform that benefits manufacturers, partners and customers alike, BuildDirect customers ultimately enjoy up to 80% cost savings. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C, with eight warehouse locations in the US and hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers. For more information visit http://www.builddirect.com
Cross Border Communications
Media Relations for BuildDirect