Luckins is turning the big 5 0 and to celebrate we've delved into the archives and picked out some of the pivotal moments from the past 50 years!
LUCKINS TRADE SERVICE PUBLICATIONS WAS FORMED
Luckins Trade Service Publications was formed after a delegation from the UK Electrical Wholesalers Federation (now EDA) visited the USA the previous year and saw the loose-leaf price reporters published by Trade Service of San Diego.
Formation of company agreed at Wheeler's restaurant in London.
ELECTRICAL PRICE REPORTER LAUNCED
Electrical Price Reporter launched, a loose-leaf publication with weekly updates. Early editions contained around 100,000 products.
UK POSTAL STRIKES - LUCKINS NEVER MISSED AN UPDATE
During the UK postal strike from January to March Luckins’ employees drove the weekly updates to drop off points around the country where they could be collected by customers.
The company has never missed a week’s updates.
UK INFLATION PEAKS AND COMPUTERISED PRICING SERVICE LAUNCHED
UK inflation peaks at over 24%. Luckins’ books keep the trade up to date with constantly changing prices
Computerised Pricing Service launched with updates available on punch card and magnetic tape. Early customers include Wholesale Fittings Ltd
ESTIMATION LTD FORMED
Estimation Ltd formed in Solihull, West Midlands. Luckins Computerised Pricing Service can now be sold to contractors in conjunction with Estimation’s software.
LUCKINS LAUNCH VIDEOLOG
Luckins launch Videolog, a directory of videos available for rent and purchase. Followed in the nineties by Laserlog (CDs) and Bibliolog (spoken word). The products are later sold to a competitor.
COMPETITOR IS SUSPECTED OF PLAGIARIZING LUCKINS DATA
A competitor, Electrical Pricing, are suspected of plagiarizing Luckins’ data. Project Sting is launched to provide proof, and the rival company closes down after legal action.
LUCKINSLIVE.COM IS LAUNCHED
After Luckins and Estimation are acquired by Amtech Group, LuckinsLive online content hub is launched. Contains rich product data including images, catalogue pages and technical specs.
ACQUISITION AND MERGERS
Amtech Group is acquired by Trimble who also owns Trade Service. Luckins and Trade Service will be merged in 2016 to form a single global content operation ready to meet the Mechanical Electrical & Plumbing sector’s booming need for product content.