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The Strategic Edge: Rebates in the Era of Fair Competition

For independent retailers in the building materials and hardware sector, navigating the competitive landscape requires not just business acumen but also an understanding of how to leverage the benefits of a Buying Group like POWER BUILD, within the framework of current regulations. The 2019 Competitions Commission Act has brought the subject of rebates into sharp focus, ensuring that such financial incentives align with fair trade practices and add genuine efficiencies.

POWER BUILD, a forward-thinking Buying Group, demonstrates how rebates can be compliantly utilised to offer independent retailers a competitive edge.

The Compliance Compass:

Steering Through the 2019 Act Rebates, when mentioned, often recalls concern about fair play in competitive markets. However, the 2019 Competitions Commission Act doesn’t outlaw rebates; it refines them. The act ensures rebates contribute to efficiencies, like improved supply chain processes or volume growth that benefits the consumer. POWER BUILD adheres to these regulations by structuring rebates that not only comply with the law but also bolster the operational efficiency of their members.

Adding Efficiencies- More Than Just Savings:

In the POWER BUILD model, rebates are designed to reward efficiency and growth. These are not blunt instruments for price wars but fine-tuned mechanisms to enhance the business performance of independent members. Rebates are linked to achievable metrics that encourage members to streamline their procurement, manage inventory better, and pass on the savings and benefits to the customer.

Practical Implementation- POWER BUILD’s Approach:

POWER BUILD implements rebates in a way that is practical and that resonate with the daily operations of independent retailers. This begins with negotiated deals with suppliers that are predicated on collective volume, thereby lowering costs. But it goes further — members receive rebates for adhering to recommended stock levels, which reduces overstocking and understocking, thus maximising shelf-turnover and minimising dead stock.

The Rebate Ripple Effect:

The impact of such rebates is multifaceted. First, there’s a direct financial gain for retailers who can utilise this additional income to invest in their business, enhance their storefronts, or offer competitive pricing to their customers. Secondly, there’s an indirect gain in the form of better business practices that lead to a leaner, more responsive operation.

Empowering Independent Retailers:

For the independent retailer, POWER BUILD’s approach to rebates means they are not merely surviving but thriving. Rebates based on efficiencies level the playing field, allowing these retailers to compete on attributes other than price, such as customer service, product expertise, and community presence.

A Tailored Experience:

POWER BUILD also ensures that rebates are not a one-off annual event but a continual process that adds value throughout the year. This regular infusion of capital or cost-saving can be critical for independents who need to manage cash flow effectively. It’s a tailored experience; rebates are designed around the specific dynamics and demands of the building materials and hardware sector.


In an environment where every cent and process counts, POWER BUILD’s rebate strategy is more than just a compliance checkbox. It’s a practical, powerful tool that provides independent retailers with an ‘unfair advantage’. By embracing the spirit of the 2019 Competitions Commission Act, these rebates encourage efficiency, promote fair competition, and ultimately benefit the consumer — a win-win for all stakeholders in the building materials and hardware sector.


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