Experienced Sales Professional Steve Martin joins MWD / WAI

Marathon Warehouse Distribution & WAIglobal have jointly appointed Steve Martin to the role of Business Development Director. Steve has been in the industry for more than 30 years, enjoying selling roles with Firstline, Veco, Juratek and more recently Rolling Components. His multi-product selling experience combined and strong customer relations will prove beneficial to both Marathon & WAI alike.

Steve has an extensive insight into the rotating electrics market which clearly is a great fit for WAI & indeed for Marathon based on the WAI same day distribution agreement announced back in June 2018 which has resulted in huge same day availability for factors of all of WAI’s products.

In his new role, he is tasked with further developing the significant growth of the Marathon business, ensuring motor factors and buying groups take full advantage of Marathon’s growing product portfolio, increased service levels and availability not to mention their impressive EMPOWER factor trading platform. He will also support WAI as the brand currently enjoys a very buoyant sales period.

Commenting on his new role, Steve said: “The opportunities for Marathon as an independent national warehouse distributor in an ever-changing market are enormous and I’m extremely excited by the opportunity to be part of their impressive growth and plans for the future. “WAI is a brand with deep roots in the automotive aftermarket and is highly regarded for its forward-thinking approach. My expertise in this product group and relationships with customers will ensure the brand cements its position in the trade.”

Marathon Warehouse Distribution currently has 14 strategically located Regional Distribution Centres across the country offering factors and accessory shops fast, frequent same day access to an ever-expanding product portfolio of leading aftermarket brands. With further geographic expansion planned, Marathon is committed to providing full same day coverage to motor factors and their network is supported by a huge national distribution centre located in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Richard Welland, WAIglobal UK Managing Director, said: “Steve is well-respected, very knowledgeable and we’re delighted to have him on board to open up new opportunities for the WAI brand.”Colin Fisher, Marathon Warehouse Distribution’s Sales & Marketing Director, added: “This is a very exciting time for us and we are seeing huge growth as we continue to develop and strengthen our product ranges, availability, service levels & our EMPOWER selling platform. Steve’s introduction to our business could not have come at a better time and I look forward to working closely with him in accelerating our growth, based on his knowledge and motor factor relationships.”

Marathon Warehouse Distribution is the UK’s Independent National Warehouse Distributor delivering ‘The Power of Choice’ to motor factors and accessory shops across the UK. Marathon’s huge & growing inventory provides factors fast, frequent, same day access & availability from 14 regional distribution centres & factors have live access to these ranges via Marathon’s EMPOWER B2B business platform.