Sehmi Builders Merchants

Sehmi Builders Merchants

“K8 has provided us with efficiency and transparency, made trading easier, allowed us to generate more sales and improved our business” Harpreet Sehmi, Branch and IT Manager

Challenges: business growth, multi-branch trading, future-proofing, stock control

A family-run builder’s merchants, established in the mid 1980’s, Sehmi has grown to become one of the most successful independent operations in Southern England. The company has branches in Southall, Wembley, Reading and Slough supplying timber, bricks, sand, paving and steel, along with a full range of associated products.

Prior to installing K8, Sehmi had been using a custom-designed system which originated in the early 1980s. Modified and developed to meet the company’s changing needs, it had not only reached the end of its life, but support was proving to be increasingly difficult. The company’s K8 system went live in October 2006 – just 9 months after seeing K8 for the first time.

Gains and benefits

  • A fully scalable, future-proof system

  • Multi-branch functionality – inter-branch trading optimises stock and supports customer service

  • Processes streamlined – faster, more control, saves time – more focus on looking after customers

  • Improved stock control – reduced stock holding – lower inventory costs

  • Line by line sales history reporting – high quality information for easier decision making

  • Implementation of PPI stock checking –issues quickly identified and resolved, saves time and money

  • Big reduction in the use of paper-based systems – no missing transactions, saves time and money

  • Increased revenue generation opportunities – more sales and profits, better customer service

  • Reduced debtor days – improved cash flow, lower interest charges

  • A platform to introduce additional functionality to suit business needs – more investment value



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