Who are we?
We are a European-wide online retailer of electronic accessories, spare parts and consumables for electronic devices. We import compatible product solutions and develop and produce our own innovative products under our own brand names vhbw and Extensilo.
Our wide product range aims to provide an alternative to the current throw-away society. Making the most of environmental resources in a sustainable and responsible way, our products will prolong the service-life of your electronic devices.
Our products ideas are sometimes inspired by the everyday lives of our colleagues. This often concerns niche products, such as special cables for headphones. However, these are exactly the products that are valuable to you and, therefore, to us, too.
As a modern and dynamic company from Saxony, we stand for open cooperation and the associated values, virtues and responsibilities. With our international Content Management Team, we are able to respond and adapt to the local requirements and needs of our customers.
What do our colleagues say?
We have created a highly functional warehouse with which we are not only equipped for the future, but are also so centrally located in Europe [...]
Even with all this experience, I would need a crystal ball to know how our products are going to develop.
I have a lot of fun with this team and actually get to see what I've achieved at the end of the day!
We try to boost the productivity of our colleagues as much as we can through our individual software solutions.
B&W Managing Director, Ulrich "Uli" Buder, is not only a technophile - he is "crazy about technology". No wonder B&W conducts its own research and development to find new and innovative solutions for the market.
"These ideas come from very private incentives: I might see, for example, that my power supply for the piano isn’t working properly, or that the battery in the baby monitor is too weak, or that the vacuum cleaner filter could be of higher quality - and from these everyday problems arise completely new ideas and products!"
This passion for technology began when Uli was 16 and still at school. Together with his mother's husband, he founded the company Buder & Wolfram in 2004 as a private corporation (GbR) named with both surnames. He also set up the first warehouse in Großröhrsdorf. The company grew so quickly that in 2006, it changed its legal status to that of a GmbH (Ltd - limited liability company) and already had ten employees after the first year.
Nevertheless, it is still important for Uli to maintain this initial family feeling within the new structures. Flat hierarchies, a joint further development of the company and cordial cooperation between colleagues are the basis for the cooperation of his team at B&W.
After the old warehouse had already become too small in 2006, B&W moved into its current location in November 2014 after a stopover in Kamenz and a long search with 15 months of rennovations. The new warehouse is located in the former factory halls of a solar cell specialist in Bischofswerda.
The Fortune Teller
No product makes it into our portfolio without being approved by David. Together with the Purchasing and Logistics Department, he researches which products fit in with B&W's concepts, and whether the quality of both the products and the suppliers meet the high standards we aim for.
“We regularly travel to China and European trade fairs to meet new suppliers and maintain existing relationships. In this way, we continue to ensure first-class quality directly at the place of production."
Back at the office, his challenge is to always keep track of the quantity of accessories, spare parts and consumables in stock: who delivers what and when? Does the quality of the products meet our expectations?
David is a qualified Forwarding and Logisitics Specialist and initially had nothing to do with purchasing itself.
"If you have enough ambition and interest, you can constantly learn and pick up new skills. Even with all this experience, I would need a crystal ball to know how our products are going to develop, but that's exactly what keeps the job interesting and challenging - I really enjoy it!"
If he were no longer to work at B&W, David jokes how he could probably sit down at the trade fairs with his crystal ball. Over time, he has gained invaluable experience as a fortune teller...
The Marathon Runner
Angela covers 12,000 to 13,000 steps a day. She works in B&W's warehouse and from the moment she and her colleagues hold the "pick and pack" slips in their hands in the morning, they search out the products together, package and ship them.
Angela estimates her daily workload at 600 parcels on average. From small batteries to large collective orders, all spare parts, accessories and consumables go through her hands before they make their way to our customers.
The most stressful day is Monday - when all the weekend orders are processed, she becomes a real marathon runner.
Angela macht der Job dennoch Spaß: „Ich habe eigentlich Koch gelernt, hatte aber keine Lust mehr, in der Gastronomie und ständig am Wochenende zu arbeiten. Bei der B&W habe ich als Leiharbeiter angefangen und wurde dann eingestellt. Es macht mit diesem Team riesig Spaß und ich sehe am Ende des Tages tatsächlich, was ich geschafft habe!“
Angela still enjoys the job: "I am actually qualified as a chef, but I didn't want to continue working in the restaurant business any more as I was always working on weekends. I started at B&W as a temporary worker and was then hired full-time. I have a lot of fun with this team and actually get to see what I've achieved at the end of the day!"
And her weekends once again belong to her!
The Virtual Craftsman
Fabian joined us through his studies of media informatics right at the beginning of B&W. Back then, our IT department's biggest concern was how to set up an e-mail server! Now, Fabian is the head of the IT department and has a team of 10 members working on all of our infrastructures and developing our own software tools.
The most important customer besides the end user are, above all, us: the colleagues. "We IT specialists help our colleagues in all aspects of the company. Whether we are providing support for the warehouse, further developing the ticket system in support or using special algorithms to sell our accessories, spare parts and consumables, we try to boost the productivity of our colleagues as much as we can through our individual software solutions".
Dabei wird ein ITler schnell zum Virtuellen Bastler, wenn es darum geht, die Anforderungen der Kollegen umzusetzen. Aus einem unsicheren „wir bräuchten mal etwas in die Richtung XYZ“ wird in Fabians Team ganz schnell ein neues, innovatives Tool.
An IT expert quickly becomes a virtual craftsman when it comes to implementing the requirements of colleagues. From a vague "We would need something in the direction of XYZ", Fabian's team quickly turns out a new, innovative tool.
No wonder that the IT experts are now able to think their way into almost all B&W topics. Thanks to this understanding of their colleagues, Fabian's team has now developed 70% of the software itself.