Merchants keeping the edge over online

Tradespeople still prefer more traditional methods of buying equipment, according to new research by Van Vault.

Despite the general increase in online sales, the findings by Van Vault highlighted that people still prefer more traditional methods of buying equipment.

The survey, covering a number of trades including builders, electricians, plumbers and carpenters, showed that when buying secure storage solutions for their van, the preferred choice was to purchase in-store.

In total, 41% of participants prefer to buy secure storage solutions in-store from a local or specialist retailer while 38% purchase goods from national brands.

When it comes to buying secure storage – driven by a wide range of issues from replacement to theft, and from needing extra storage to getting a new van – often tradespeople do their research online first before making a visit to store to purchase.