TCP secures exclusive energy saving lighting deal with Homebase

Technical Consumer Products (TCP) has secured a major partnership contract to supply all of the energy efficient CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs to all Homebase stores across the UK.  The contract also sees TCP deliver its LED candles and LED 6 Watt GLS bulbs, along with a range of Homebase-branded Ecohalogen lighting.


TCP signed the contract deal just months after the US-based firm set up its UK office in Northampton, making its energy saving bulbs widely available to the British public for the first time.


David Cattrall, Senior Buyer, Core Electrical at Homebase says: “These are high quality light bulb products that deliver great energy savings while also providing the quality of light and instant brightness you expect from conventional bulbs.


“We wanted to find a supplier of genuinely market-leading energy efficient bulbs that we could rely on to meet the demands of our customers for the long-term. We chose TCP for its proven track record in the US, its ground-breaking range of bulb products at competitive import prices and the complete package of support it put together for us. Already we’ve seen excellent levels of supply and service, as well as significant reductions on costs.”


In the coming weeks, a wider range of TCP energy saving bulbs, including advanced LED candles, Energy Saving Trust recommended LED 6 Watt GLS bulbs, LED GU10 lighting and ecohalogen products, will be rolled out to all 345 Homebase stores nationwide. TCP has also worked closely with Homebase to develop Homebase-branded versions of all of its energy efficient bulbs, including an ecohalogen range.


David adds: “TCP has pulled out all the stops to meet and exceed our brief. It’s been a pleasure working with such a flexible, knowledgeable and talented UK-based team.  As an entrepreneurial firm they are able to respond quickly to our requests, without layers of bureaucracy to slow things down.  We’re very excited about introducing the new LED bulbs to customers, which can cut the energy used by up to 80%.”


Exclusively for Homebase, TCP has devised special ‘shelf-ready’ packaging for both shipment and display. It is designed so that when bulbs are delivered they can immediately be put on the shelves for sale. TCP also offers smaller batch quantities of its products so that Homebase can order exactly the number of bulbs it needs for each store, avoiding overstocking.


Thomas Luecke, Managing Director for TCP in the UK concluded: “Working with such a major, well-respected UK homewares retailer so soon after establishing our UK office is very exciting for us. We’re accustomed to working with big retailers like Wal-Mart and The Home Depot in the US, so we understand the responsive, flexible and supportive working relationships they demand. We’ve pulled together a very experienced team in the UK and we’re looking forward to building on the foundations laid by this important Homebase partnership.”


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