The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-03-06T09:59:30Z New Garden Shed Designed Specifically for Unit Developers 2013-03-06T09:59:30Z new-garden-shed-designed-specifically-for-unit-developers Sydney — March 4, 2013 — Today Sheds4Less  announced the latest garden shed to be developed specifically for the Australian shed market Alex Cochran founder of Sheds4Less today announced; “We are really proud to bring this new garden shed onto the market. Recently a number of our customers in the unit development market asked us for a 6 cubic metre shed. This was something that we did not make, when I asked why 6 cubic metres, they said that it was becoming common for multi-unit development approvals to contain a clause that stipulated that 6 cubic metres of outdoor storage space must be provided for each dwelling. Here was an opportunity.” From concept to reality in 6 weeks. “Once we realized that there were few shed options available that met this need, we sat down with our engineers and designed a skillion roof shed that could be easily placed against an outside wall, that had a sliding door to reduce space requirements, but crucially provided 6.3 cubic metres of space. This shed was fast tracked in our production facility and six weeks later it is available for sale” Cochran said.  “Not only were we able to get this shed onto the market in less than 6 weeks, we were able to get it under $400 for the galvanized version.” “We believe that this garden shed will become the first choice for developers who want to provide useable outdoor storage space for their multi-unit and townhouse developments” he went on to say. The new Sheds4Less developers shed measures 2.3 x 1.5 x 1.8 metres and has a single sliding door. It provides 6.3 cubic metres of outside storage space. About Sheds4Less Founded in 2012, Sheds4Less is a pure online garden shed retailer that has developed products and systems to make buying, erecting or installing a garden shed cheaper and easier. #########   For more information, press only: Sheds4Less – Alex Cochran , Phone: 0419 019 469, Email: alex@sheds4less.com.au                 For more information on Sheds4Less http://www.sheds4less.com.au   How to Paint a Metal Garden Shed 2012-10-11T04:03:50Z how-to-paint-a-metal-garden-shed For Immediate Release October 11, 2012   How to Paint a Metal Garden Shed   Sheds4Less Announces Latest in Garden Shed Tips Series.   Sydney — October 11, 2012 — Today Sheds4Less  announced the latest in their series of “How To” tip sheets. How to Paint a Metal Garden Shed. Alex Cochran founder of Sheds4Less today announced; “We are really lucky to have an active website that customers use to send us garden shed related questions. One of the most common questions that we get is; How do you paint a metal garden shed?  Obviously there is a bit of confusion out there about what you need to do. ” Cochran went on to say; “Having worked in the hardware industry for over 30 years you accumulate a lot of contacts in specialist areas, now I am not a paint expert, but I do know who is. Lance Futcher who is commonly referred to as the Paint Guru (www.PaintGuru.com.au) has a wealth of knowledge in this area.” Cochran went on to say that if you want a job done well you need to get an expert, painting advice is no different. “ I went to Lance and asked if he would put together a non-technical easy to understand tip sheet for our customers who wanted to paint their new garden shed. He told me that this would be a cinch and that with the right preparation this was a job that they would only have to do once in 20 years.” Preparation is the Key Like all painting jobs, painting a new metal garden shed is pretty simple, all you need to do is spend a little bit of time in preparation and use the right quality products and you should have the job done in an afternoon. For more detailed information on preparing a metal garden shed for painting, visit the Sheds4Less website at the following link or download the tip sheet by clicking here. About Sheds4Less Founded in 2012, Sheds4Less is a pure online garden shed retailer that has developed products and systems to make buying, erecting or installing a garden shed cheaper and easier. About The Paint Guru Lance Futcher is the Paint Guru. Lance has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian paint and hardware industries. Lance provides technical staff training to some of Australia’s largest paint retailers. #########   For more information, press only: Sheds4Less – Alex Cochran , Phone: 0419 019 469, Email: alex@sheds4less.com.au             The Paint Guru – Lance Futcher Phone: 0438 502 107 Email:  lance@paintguru.com.au   For more information on Sheds4Less http://www.sheds4less.com.au Get Your Garden Shed For Free 2012-10-01T05:32:24Z get-your-garden-shed-for-free-1 For Immediate Release October 1, 2012   Get Your Garden Shed For Free   Sheds4Less Announces Latest Free Garden Shed Winner   Sydney — October 1, 2012 — Today Sheds4Less  announced the latest winner in their quarterly free garden shed promotion. Alex Cochran founder of Sheds4Less today announced; “We are extremely happy to reveal that Andrew James has won his garden shed for free in the July – September quarter “Get Your Shed For Free” promotion.” He went on to say, “At Sheds4Less we really value feedback from our customers. They give us great insights into how we can make buying and building a garden shed easier for our new customers. At the same time we acknowledge that time is a precious commodity these days, that’s why we have put together the “Get Your Shed For Free program, it’s a small token of our appreciation” Cochran outlined that every Sheds4Less customer has the opportunity to get the garden shed that they purchased from Sheds4Less for free. All they need to do is to send some photos or feedback to Sheds4Less about their recent garden shed purchase. We Love our Customers “I am constantly amazed at some of the efforts our customers go to to give us feedback about our products and service. We have had customers put together videos about how they built their shed, and even posted them on YouTube. Andrew put together a comprehensive report on his shed building project, it included detailed tips and tricks that he learnt along the way plus a heap of pictures. He concluded the report with detailed recommendations on how we could make buying and building a garden shed even easier. If I was a first time garden shed builder I would certainly download and read his report before I started” Cochran went on to say. Download Andrew James Garden Shed Project Guide by clicking here.   What About Complaints or Negative Feedback? When asked what happens if the feedback is negative Cochran said; “We welcome all feedback, it doesn’t matter if it is positive or negative, we publish it all in the customer review section of our website. I don’t know a company that gets everything right every time.” he said. “In fact some of our most strident raving fans have come via situations where something has not quite gone right. It’s not how you treat your customers before the sale; it’s all about treating your customer well and solving any problems after the sale as well”  he added. About Sheds4Less Founded in 2012, Sheds4Less is a pure online garden shed retailer that has developed products and systems to make buying, erecting or installing a garden shed cheaper and easier. #########   For more information, press only: Sheds4Less – Alex Cochran , Phone: 0419 019 469, Email: alex@sheds4less.com.au   For more information on Sheds4Less http://www.sheds4less.com.au     8 Common Garden Shed Questions Answered. 2012-09-26T06:35:33Z 8-common-garden-shed-questions-answered For Immediate Release September 26, 2012   8 Common Garden Shed Questions Answered.   Sheds4Less Reveals the 8 Most Common Subjects Raised by Customers   Sydney — September 26, 2012 — Today Sheds4Less  revealed the 8 most common garden shed related questions raised by visitors to their website. Alex Cochran, founder of Sheds4Less said; “We get thousands of people that visit our website every month. It is clear that there is a lot of confusion in the market about what you need to consider when buying a garden shed. Every day we get questions from potential customers about what they need to consider.” Common Questions Cochran went on to say; “When you distill the thousands of questions we get asked it comes down to eight fundamental questions or subjects where the customer wants some guidance. Making Buying and Building a Garden Shed Easier Whilst buying and building a garden shed does not rate up there with buying, building or renovating a house, it can still put a lot of stress on a family, there are a number of things to consider.  “At Sheds4Less we believe that being responsive to customer requests is a big part of our job so we have consolidated the major questions and published our 8 Point Garden Shed Buying Checklist on our website for customers to review before making the decision about what to buy and build. I am sure that this will help prospective garden shed buyers no end and probably save them money” Cochran went on to say.   About Sheds4Less Founded in 2012, Sheds4Less is a pure online garden shed retailer that has developed products and systems to make buying, erecting or installing a garden shed cheaper and easier. #########     For more information, press only: Sheds4Less – Alex Cochran , Phone: 0419 019 469, Email: alex@sheds4less.com.au   For more information on Sheds4Less http://www.sheds4less.com.au   Sheds4Less & Service Central Partner to Create Australia’s Largest Garden Shed Supply and Install Network. 2012-08-21T05:00:23Z sheds4less-amp-service-central-partner-to-create-australia-s-largest-garden-shed-supply-and-install-network Melbourne — August 21, 2012 — Today Sheds4Less and ServiceCentral announced the establishment of Australia’s largest gardenshedsupplyandinstallation network. You would think that something as physically demanding as the purchase and installation of a garden shed would benefit little from changes in shopping behavior bought about by the explosion of online shopping, but not so says Alex Cochran founder of Sheds4Less. What You Want, Where You Want, How You Want “Having worked in the hardware retail industry for over 30 years I knew that most people hated the thought of having to buy, transport and erect a garden shed. And what’s more sales assistants avoided the garden shed department like the plague. This just spelled opportunity in my mind. There had to be a better way. So we established Sheds4Less. With some clever product development and online shopping technology we were able to deliver garden sheds direct to customers’ doors, in 10,000 more Australian postcodes than our nearest competitor. We launched Sheds4Less in January 2012 and our customers have really embraced the concept.” Cochran went on to say; “But our customers told us that they wanted more. There is a significant bunch of garden shed customers that not only want the shed delivered but also installed. So we needed to get garden shed installation services in as many Australian cities and towns as possible to meet our customer’s needs. This is when we found Service Central, Australia’s largest service marketplace. If we could combine Sheds4Less expertise in garden shed supply and distribution with Service Central’s network of accredited handymen and tradesmen, this would give our customers what they were asking for.” Leveraging the Internet in the Physical World Service Central were up to the challenge and in a matter of days had the basics of a simple garden shed installation quotation system in place. Danial Ahchow founder of Service Central said; “When the guys from Sheds4Less contacted us we could see that there was a great synergy in working together. They had customers desperately looking to get garden sheds installed and we had a network of accredited service providers who were looking for work. So we used the services marketplace system that we had developed over many years, to provide a simple platform for the Sheds4Less customers to get quotes from service providers in their area for erecting their sheds. The customer could request a quote directly from the Sheds4Less website” Danial continued on to explain “Service Central’s Australia-wide network of pre-qualified tradespeople provides great capacity to Sheds 4 Less to install their sheds throughout the entire country. Service Central pre-qualifies each tradesperson to ensure that they are properly insured, trustworth and qualified for the work that they undertake. Our unique technology then automates the process of matching consumers with local businesses, enabling people to quickly and easily find the right local tradespeople for their needs.” So it appears that no matter how “physical” our shopping transaction might be, the internet and the ongoing development of ecommerce technologies is going to make our lives so much easier. About Sheds4Less Founded in 2012, Sheds4Less is a pure online garden shed retailer that has developed products and systems to make buying, erecting or installing a garden shed cheaper and easier. About Service Central Founded in 2005 as Australia’s first marketplace for services, Service Central is now one of Australia’s largest networks of tradespeople. Service Central’s unique online marketplace technology makes it easy for consumers to find and connect with local businesses to get work done. ######### For more information, press only: Sheds4Less – Alex Cochran , Phone: 0419 019 469, Email: alex@sheds4less.com.au Service Central – Danial Ahchow, Phone: 0434 421 111, Email: danial.ahchow@servicecentral.com.au For more information on Sheds4Less http://www.sheds4less.com.au For more information on Service Central http://www.servicecentral.com.au Don’t Accidentally Poison Your Parrot with a New Aviary 2012-08-21T02:40:37Z don-t-accidentally-poison-your-parrot-with-a-new-aviary Melbourne — August 21, 2012 — Today Sheds4Less started to take orders and sell what they believe is the first widely available bird aviary that uses 304 quality stainless steel mesh which is guaranteed not to subject birds to zinc poisoning. Alex Cochran, founder of Sheds4Less said; “Over the years in the hardware retailing business we heard some real horror stories about bird lovers that had purchased a new aviary for their pet only to see their loved one start to fade away and die.” The culprit here is zinc poisoning. Birds are highly sensitive to this heavy metal, particularly if they chew on the aviary mesh, which more often than not is coated in zinc plating to resist rust. Cochran went on to say; “You can reduce the probability of zinc poisoning from this type of mesh by scrubbing it down with a solution of vinegar and water before you put your birds in your new aviary. Most aviary instructions include this warning, but sometimes customers forget this step and the consequences are often tragic. We wanted to give our customers a quality product that is safe for their pets, so we decided that we would manufacture an aviary that uses stainless steel mesh rather than zinc. Stainless steel is clinically proven to be 100% safe for birds so it doesn’t matter if they chew on the mesh, they won’t poison themselves. Now stainless steel mesh is more expensive than zinc mesh, but if there is a danger of poisoning the family pet I know what I would choose.” It’s About Love not Money A lot of shed and aviary makers are always trying to cut the costs of manufacture so they can sell products for the cheapest possible price, however sometimes this is really not the best course of action. “We are all for reducing costs and passing these savings on to our customers. In fact that this is what our business is founded on. After all you can’t have a business name like Sheds4Less and not live up to your promise. However where we cut costs is in our innovative packaging and distribution system which allows us to get sheds and aviaries directly to peoples home. We actually invest those savings into making a better product, plus passing some cash onto our customers.” Cochran added. Innovation is the Key Cochran said that Sheds4Less had a number of customers that had asked about manufacturing an aviary. “At Sheds4Less we believe that being responsive to customer requests is a big part of our competitive advantage. Our best ideas come from our customers, it is then up to us to interpret these ideas and bring a product to the market in the quickest possible time and at the best possible quality we can produce. Because we are a shed manufacturer not just a shed retailer this means that we can respond faster and better than a lot of our competitors. We are already working on more products and more processes that will bring innovation to the shed market. In the end it is the customer that votes with their patronage, that’s where the buck stops.” About Sheds4Less Founded in 2012, Sheds4Less is a pure online garden shed retailer that has developed products and systems to make buying, erecting or installing a garden shed cheaper and easier. ######### For more information, press only: Sheds4Less – Alex Cochran , Phone: 0419 019 469, Email: alex@sheds4less.com.au For more information on Sheds4Less http://www.sheds4less.com.au For more information Zinc Poisoning in Birds http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-diet-and-health/bird-diseases/lead-and-zinc-poisoning-in-birds.aspx Sheds4Less Releases Third Video in Garden Shed Building Series 2012-08-18T07:21:58Z sheds4less-releases-third-video-in-garden-shed-building-series Melbourne — August 18, 2012 — Today Sheds4Less released the third video in the garden shed building series. Titled Garden Shed Building Tips, it is designed to make building garden sheds easier. Alex Cochran, founder of Sheds4Less said; “We were really surprised at the feedback that we received about our first two videos that dealt with building permits and approvals for garden sheds. Obviously there are a lot of people searching for information. It’s often hard to find this sort of information in one place and explained in everyday language. The response really motivated us to take the shed building video series one step further. Over the years our team has designed and built hundreds of garden sheds for some of the major makers and retailers here in Australia. We have an enormous amount of knowledge locked away in people’s heads. The internet video format allows us to get this knowledge distributed very cost effectively and after all that is what our business is about, making the building of garden sheds easier and even fun". It’s not always in the manual. Cochran went on to say that it is not building skills that make the difference between making a garden shed build a fun job or a chore. “It really comes down to preparation; almost anyone can build a garden shed. If you have assembled flat pack furniture, like the stuff you get from Ikea, then building a shed is a cinch. We are not going to tell you how to use a screwdriver or rivet gun, the real difference comes about by the way you approach the job and a little bit of pre-preparation before the day. Over the years we have learnt what really makes a difference. Our Garden Shed Building Tips video only goes for about 7 minutes, but it can literally save you hours of frustration." Leveraging the Internet in the Physical World Cochran said that when Sheds4Less realized that the Internet could change the way garden sheds were sold in Australia, they were only thinking about designing a company that leveraged the advantages that a pure online retailer had over a physical store, things like low cost distribution and a reach that went further than any one bricks and mortar store could offer. “We never anticipated the advantages that the internet and a pure online company could gain in delivering really valuable information directly to customers. In the past manufacturers had to rely on retailers to do this job. You never really knew if your message was getting to the right people at the right time. Now we are in control and can ensure that valuable information and education can get through without being filtered. This is a real breath of fresh air and it really makes a difference, at least that is what our customers are saying.” He went on to say that Sheds4Less had plans for more videos in the series, and it would be up to customer response to determine what the next video would cover. “We’re no Steven Spielberg and our production values will never rival Hollywood, but we do get the message out that our customer want to hear.” About Sheds4Less Founded in 2012, Sheds4Less is a pure online garden shed retailer that has developed products and systems to make buying, erecting or installing a garden shed cheaper and easier. ######### For more information, press only: Sheds4Less – Alex Cochran , Phone: 0419 019 469, Email: alex@sheds4less.com.au For more information on Sheds4Less http://www.sheds4less.com.au Do I Need a Permit for a Garden Shed? 2012-08-01T11:14:16Z do-i-need-a-permit-for-a-garden-shed Sheds4Less,a leading online seller of garden sheds in Australia,today released the first 2 videos in a series about what you need to know about permits and approvals for garden sheds.Alex Cochran the founder of Sheds4Less, said;“Questions about garden shed permits, council approvals and development applications (D.A,s) are amongst the most common questions we get from our customers. It is really difficult to get a comprehensive but simple answer without trawling through the web for hours. So we thought that we would put a series of short videos together to try and explain the basics and put them on our website.”The team at Sheds4Less has put together the first two videos that cover garden shed setbacks and the basics of garden shed exempt and complying developments.Cochran went on to add;“Now we are just simple garden shed manufacturers, not Holywood producers so the videos are pretty basic and frankly a bit cheesy, but they do give our potential customers an idea about what they should consider to make building their garden shed a hassle free project. Of course you should always consult your local council if you need further clarification.”Cochran says that the one of the goals of Sheds4Less is to make buying and building a garden shed as simple as possible.“Some of our customers would have preferred to go to the dentist than start a garden shed building project, our aim is to turn what seems like a chore into something that can even be a bit of fun, it’s really not that hard,” he added.