United Hardware Ltd is a buying group servicing over 120 independent home and garden retailers and builders’ merchant stores in Ireland. Our combined turnover is in excess of €300 million and we operate in all 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland. This makes United Hardware Ltd the largest representative group in the whole of Ireland and a market leader in sourcing and purchasing products.
Formed as a joint venture between National Hardware Ltd (NHL) and Associated Hardware Ltd (AHL), United Hardware Ltd operates from an 85,000ft2 (7,897m2) purpose built warehouse on the outskirts of Dublin serviced by the M50 and M7 Motorways. The objective of this joint venture buying group was to offer its members greater purchasing power, more substantial discounts and a more streamlined purchasing process. These benefits are now being enjoyed by its members across Ireland.
The Commercial Team within United Hardware purchase a variety of hardware categories including timber, heating and plumbing, sheeting materials, building supplies, paint and decor, joinery, tools, giftware, houseware and garden items. We have developed a number of own brand ranges including the Home Collection and Garden Collection brands. In addition we represent several international brands including Unger, Big Cheese and Ecofreko. We operate a delivered home nationwide service from our Dublin warehouse on an ex-stock basis. Members of United Hardware can purchase product from our warehouse portal which gives live information on pricing and stock availability.
Our expert team has over 20 years experience in their specific fields and specialise in purchasing from both local and international suppliers including direct sourcing. We operate a partnership agreement with all our suppliers. Electronic transactions are the preferred business arrangement and payments are made on a central billing basis from the United Hardware head office on behalf of various members.
All retail outlets serviced by United Hardware Ltd are independently owned and managed. The vast majority of stores trade under one of the franchise brands available through National Hardware Ltd or Associated Hardware Ltd. They are Homevalue Hardware or ARRO Home, Garden & Build. Throughout the year a number of targeted marketing initiatives take place cumulating in nationwide brochure campaigns designed to encourage sales at retail store level. Specific help and advice is available from the United Hardware JV partners to manage online promotions, social network campaigns and transactional websites.
All stores pride themselves on offering personal and market leading service, competitive pricing and innovative product assortment.
VISION: Our vision is to help each United Hardware member to be the best hardware retailer in their local area and, at the same time, to develop and protect their interests nationally.
MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to purchase competitively the right products for sale to our members and to provide support services and best practices for their retail operations.
VALUES: To act with integrity in everything we do to protect the interests of our members and stakeholders.