HAMPTONS HAPPENINGS – August 2021 – ISSUE 30 - Hamptons ITM

HAMPTONS HAPPENINGS – August 2021 – ISSUE 30

Greetings and a very warm welcome to our August 2021 edition of Hamptons Happenings…


In this issue we:

Hamptons is delighted to be now stocking Milwaukee power tools!

Our winter stocktake was completed last week, and now that everything has been counted and put in its rightful place, we now have room for new stock. 

As of August 1st, we will be stocking Milwaukee power tools.  

Milwaukee is certainly one of the most well-known tradesman tool brands on the market. We are excited to get our hands on this range of products and get it out to our customers. Come on in anytime to try out these great tools, or talk to our resident power tool expert, Rowan about what is available.

Toolbox top-up 


Last year’s toolbox top-up was an absolutely roaring success and we will be repeating the promotion on the 15th of October. We will provide more details at a later date, so keep an eye out for our eye-catching flier, or speak to your account manager.

Interested in gaining some extra LBP points? 

On Wednesday, September 1st there will be a training day at Addington racecourse. 

With 6 elective points, goodie bags, spot prizes (and one major prize) this is a great opportunity to upskill.

The day runs from 8 am – 4 pm, and you can register HERE to attend.

This month we’re delighted to provide a very short David Attenborough documentary covering some of the wildlife commonly seen onsite.

This month we have a deal on clothing. Watch the video below to find out more.

Come in and see us, we will get you outfitted and we’ll make you look good.

Supply Chain Update

For anyone involved in the construction industry one of the key challenges at the moment is supply issues related to (1) material shortages, (2) lead times and (3) costs.

The cause of these challenges relates to both supply issues caused by COVID and then unprecedented demand.

Below is a graph showing the number of new building consents issued each month in New Zealand since 2012.

There continues to be significant supply chain, raw material, and manufacturing issues impacting the marketplace – resulting in increased material and freight costs and extended lead times.

In terms of leads, we have a few suppliers who have provided us with a schedule of lead times for some products – these range from 2 weeks to 26 weeks.

By way of an example of the cost pressures, a 40ft shipping container from Asia used to cost $750 and now it costs in excess of $4,000. In the June quarter alone, home construction costs leapt by 4.6%, which was the biggest quarterly rise since 1987, while for the 12-month period, the rise was 7.4% (interest.co.nz). 


To minimise the impact of supply issues we recommend you take the following steps:

  • At the design stage, choose materials that have shorter lead times
  • Get your orders in early… Plan and work with your account manager to schedule out you’re your next few jobs and plan your requirements i.e. let’s confirm your cladding requirements for the next few jobs so we can get orders placed in our system a few months in advance
  • Ensure that your product requirements and order quantities are accurate – it won’t help anyone if you overestimate everything.
  • Communicate potential product challenges with customers and also carefully review clauses or contracts that make mention of fixed pricing or late delivery penalties.

You can be assured that we are doing our utmost, and working very closely with suppliers, to ensure that we can continue the supply of most common building materials.

Thank You!! 

Last month Marshall completed Dry July, raising more than $1000 for those affected by cancer.  He would like to thank all those that sponsored him, and we thank you too. Congratulations to Marshall from all of us here on his efforts, not only did he raise money for charity but he also looks a lot healthier for it! Thanks to all involved.  

Take care out there…


Best wishes,


David & Wendy, Don, Carolyn and the rest of the team at Hamptons ITM

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