Hardware & Building Traders Pty Limited (HBT) is a buying group whose members are independent retailers of hardware, garden, timber and/or building materials. This is to introduce the group to you, to let you know how we work and to advise the terms and conditions on which we and our member stores would trade with your business.
HBT has only two mutually reinforcing objectives :
- To deliver lower buying prices for our member stores; and
- To deliver increased business for our suppliers
Everything we do is geared around these objectives and we have a minimal administration to ensure that our costs do not eat into our member’s margins or erode the competitiveness of your trading terms.
How We Work With Our Suppliers
Our structure is simple. We contract with each of our suppliers to deliver their deal terms to our members. We encourage our members in the strongest possible terms to give the maximum support to each deal consistent with their own business objectives. We do not buy or sell any product. Our role is to agree and administer the terms of each deal and to work with our suppliers to maximise deal performance. We do not guarantee payment by our member stores. Because we have limited resources, we ask each supplier to provide appropriate representation to our member stores. They need to receive catalogues, price lists and promotional material directly from you.
How Do You Become A Registered Supplier?
Our Buying Team responsible for approving deal terms with any supplier for registration. A request for registration of a deal should be accompanied by a completed Deal Proposal (available upon request) and supported with such other product, pricing or promotional information as you think appropriate. Once a deal has been registered, we distribute it to our members via our online Deal Directory. At that time we will ask you to contact all the members to open trading accounts with you and ensure that they have all the information they need in order to deal with you. We also have a Key Supplier Program which operates by invitation only. Please note we don’t usually invite new Suppliers until we have some trading history with them. Key Supplier status is not available in all categories.
Contact us for more information via our contact page.