The ‘homebody economy’ peaked in 2020 and is still going strong. Thanks to the prolonged lockdown, consumers have turned to DIY, increasing hardware and gardening sales. Restrictions on movement, alcohol bans and health concerns mean more people are indoors and apprehensive to let others into their homes.
The rise of DIY is a great opportunity for businesses like Mr Build to encourage customers to ask themselves, “Why pay when I can do It myself? ”Established in 2007, Mr Build has grown to a total workforce of 200 across six stores around Limpopo. Currently involved in approximately 26 projects, the company specialises in woodwork, timber, cement, plumbing and a wide range of home decor including its exclusive BILHAM range.
Mr Build stores are located in Thohoyandou, Giyani, and Sibasa with the newest store in Tzaneen. In addition to retail and wholesale, they also offer board cutting and designing packages aimed at creating a unique finish to any home. To do so, Mr Build, as a leading construction business in their area, needs to ensure that any vehicles or machinery being used are on the record to monitor efficient equipment use. Construction managers across all branches are also able to ensure resources are used at the right time, by the right person, improving site security and preventing the misuse of assets.
Managing a growing hardware business means being responsible for on time delivery of essential building equipment and DIY goods to customers on a daily basis. When Mr Build was looking for a fleet management solution to keep track of their fleets, keeping their drivers safe, and ensuring deliveries are always on time were a few other main concerns they took into account when searching for the right mobility solutions provider.
Mr Build knew that they needed a world-class fleet management solution, backed by expert service and affordable, customisable packages. Fortunately, they found a partner that continually helps grow their business while keeping it safe and streamlining the entire fleet management process.
Not only does Mr Build have peace of mind, but their mobile asset management, asset recovery and workforce optimisation based needs on a proven Software-as-a-Service platform are taken care of.“We have about 30 or 40 vehicles in total,” says Mohammed Haidar Yacoob, manager of Mr Build Tzaneen. A telematics system means every vehicle is accounted for and monitored, enabling the site manager to keep an updated asset inventory and activity log.
“Cartrack helps us to monitor the fleet much better because I always know where all the vehicles are. There's no part of the day where I have to look for a vehicle or look for a driver. If I can't get hold of a driver at least I know where the truck is.
”Mr Build also makes use of Cartrack’s CarWatch feature to keep a watchful eye on their vehicles at all times, because who doesn’t need a virtual car guard in their pocket wherever they go? “The CarWatch feature helps us a lot,” he says. “So I know my trucks and vehicles are safe at night. Cartrack calls me whenever a truck starts after hours, so I know where the truck's going or if the ignition is turned on when the vehicle is not supposed to be started.
“Cartrack helps us to monitor our fleet much better because I always know where all the vehicles are. There's no part of the day where I have to look for a vehicle or look for a driver. If I can't get hold of a driver at least I know where the truck is.
— Mohammed Haidar Yacoob, Manager, Mr Build, Tzaneen