When innovative sustainable retailer Natural Baby Shower moved into a brand-new facility, they called on Maybin Electrical and Hikvision to provide them with a video solution which offers more than just security.
If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that people are going to keep having kids. And when people have kids, they usually need to buy a whole bunch of associated kit: car seats and cots and pushchairs, nappies and blankets and bath toys, not to mention bibs and highchairs and everything associated with keeping a young one healthy, happy and safe.
In the modern world, more and more parents are also keen to ensure they consume conscientiously, reducing their impact on our fragile natural environment as much as possible. It’s at the meeting point of these two realities that Natural Baby Shower (NBS) resides.
NBS was established by Vics Hampson and Clifton Vaughan in 2007. Vics and Clifton wanted to provide parents with natural and sustainable baby products that offered the very best for parents and babies, as well as the planet, all under one roof.
“We’re all about looking after parents on their journey with a newborn,” Clifton explains. “So we want to find out what they want, and we aim to buy in products that last, that transform into other useful products, that are sustainable and so on. For us, it’s really about the conscious buying process.”
Growing up fast
Since then, Natural Baby Shower has grown from a team of two to over 70. They’ve moved from a kitchen table to a small store in Surrey, to a much bigger HQ in Bracknell. In 2021, with business booming, NBS decided the time was right to move operations just down the road to a brand-new facility: a 43,000 square foot warehouse and office space.
“We distribute everything ourselves,” Clifton explains. “Everything is sourced from top brands, and we bring them in, stock them, store them, and ship them when orders are placed. That shipping is also done as sustainably as possible, minimising the number of trips that need to be made. It’s all part of what we see as being a modern retailer.”
That modern retail approach also embraces the intelligent and efficient use of technology. So when NBS were planning their new facility, they made sure to reflect their innovative and forward-thinking business approach in their use of video security at the new HQ.
“The new building includes office space, a canteen area, packing rooms, warehousing with racking, and outside loading areas. We worked with a company called3-Space, who took over the project build in the new facility,” Clifton Vaughan says. “One of their suppliers was Maybin Electrical, and Maybin were responsible for the install of our Hikvision video security system."