Langley, B.C. — Hardwoods Distribution Inc., has introduced DesignOneSource, a new specification division. The new division is organized to provide the design and millwork community specification support for decorative surface materials across North America by aligning global suppliers and interior decor products.
“The primary objective of the new service is to stimulate demand across North America for decorative surfaces, then channel those opportunities towards our customers base,” said Todd Graham, DesignOneSource North American specification manager. “Two years ago we determined that the industry was evolving and needed a different type of support than was currently being provided. So we went back to the drawing board and created a new program totally focused on servicing the needs of the A&D client base based on today’s conditions.”
The DesignOneSource specification team includes 15 experienced industry professionals, combined with a product offering supplied by 66 distribution centers that represent materials from: Rugby Architectural Building Products, Hardwoods Specialty Products, and Paxton Lumber, offering more than 500,000 SKUs that are integrated with real-time material tracking, order processing, and inventory status. The selection of architectural interior décor materials including TFL, prefinished wood panels, high gloss and matte panels, decorative veneers, solid surfaces, quartz and HPL is said to provide flexibility for residential and commercial environments of any scale.
The easily navigable, and highly informative website offers project imagery, documents, tools and numerous support services. Designed to increase productivity, it features a series of “accelerators” to reduce navigation to a single click to access content such as ordering samples; or arranging a personalized product presentation from an a la carte menu (an industry first) that allows selection from a menu to tailor the presentation to fit specific requirements and have it as dine in—we will come to you, or carry out—virtual delivery. DesignOneSource is also said to satisfy a need for knowledge with online CEU training with on-demand product education, or experience 3D environments with customization options using virtual reality design tools. Product specifications for all suppliers are in one place, thereby eliminating time consuming navigation across the site. View design materials come to life in the inspirational galleries or in the featured residential and commercial project galleries.
As North America’s largest Architectural Building Products distributor, HDI says it is active in its efforts to minimize its environmental impact in addition to providing products recognized for contributions to sustainability. The company operates a North American network of 66 distribution centers that operate under three brands: Hardwoods Specialty Products; the Frank Paxton Lumber Company; and Rugby Architectural Building Products. HDI also operates one sawmill with kiln drying operation, Hardwoods of Michigan.