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14 April, 2020

Jason Handley’s 17 Year Career at R&J Batteries

2020-04-24T11:18:42+00:00April 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Jason Handley’s 17 Year Career at R&J Batteries Journey from Warehouse Team Member to Australian General Manager On behalf of Ray, Rhonda and the entire R&J Batteries family, we would like to congratulate one of our longest standing and valued employees, Jason Handley, on his appointment and success in his new role as General Manager Australia at R&J Batteries. Jason is a true success story and an inspiration to many of us at R&J Batteries. His journey with the company started way back in 2002 when he joined our Ballarat branch. Coming from a strong automotive background, Jason quickly learned the ropes of his warehousing position and was promoted to a sales representative role. During his time as a sales representative, Jason learnt many facets of the business and built strong relationships with his customers and colleagues. When R&J Batteries opened its third branch in Tullamarine, Jason was given the opportunity to become Branch Manager. Jason happily accepted this opportunity and made the move from Ballarat to Melbourne. Jason’s hard work, commitment and loyalty to the company didn’t go unnoticed. Just after 5 years of being a Branch Manager, he was once again promoted and this time to Victoria State Manager. In the next 3 years, he was responsible for overseeing operations throughout the State of Victoria. Today, Jason is the General Manager of our Australian operations. In this role, he is responsible for managing our rapidly expanding network of stores across the country, our [...]

13 March, 2020

Volunteer Marine Rescue Sponsorship

2020-03-16T12:51:21+00:00March 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Powering Marine Rescue on the Gold Coast R&J Batteries are now sponsoring the amazing Volunteer Marine Rescue in Jacobs Well. The VMR team provide search and rescue services from Moreton Bay down to the Gold Coast Broadwater with their boat fleet and radio tower, which R&J Batteries are now proudly powering. Along with search and rescue, the team provide Queensland Ambulance First Response on the water and offer assistance with groundings, flat batteries, break downs & fuel.  These services are offered in areas including the North arm of the Coomera River, the Logan and Albert Rivers, Jumpinpin Bar and offshore waters east of the North and South Stradbroke Islands. The VMR Jacobs Well  radio towers and radio room are the only 24 hour manned location in Queensland. These, and their boat fleet, must be reliably powered 24/7 which is why R&J Batteries have partnered with them, to help ensure these batteries are maintained and replaced every 2 years. Mark and our Industrial team met at the Jacobs Well  headquarters in late February and assisted in the installation of the following batteries: Vessel (1) JW1 3 x Delkor M31 1 x Fullriver HGL80 Vessel (2) JW2 2 x Delkor M27 1 x Fullriver HGL80 Vessel (3) Rotary-2 2 x Delkor M24 1 x Delkor HDC24 Launch Tractor 1 x Delkor 27H-780 Base Radio Room (standby/backup battery) 1 x DC120 or Predator 120 Stapylton Radio Tower (standby/backup battery) 2 x DC100 [...]

19 February, 2020

ACDelco to continue after Holden News

2020-02-19T12:38:34+00:00February 19th, 2020|ACDelco, Company News, R & J Batteries|

Future of ACDelco after Holden brand ceases The recent news about the Holden brand ceasing at the end of 2020 has come as a shock. Not only due to it being such an iconic brand, but also due to the very close relationship R&J Batteries has with GMH. Many friends and associates will be affected, and our thoughts are with each and every one of them. Understandably there is concern about the future of ACDelco. R&J Batteries can confirm the availability of ACDelco products is unaffected by yesterday’s announcement that General Motors will be retiring the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand. Holden owners will continue to be supported by a national aftersales network for at least 10 years. Customers can be assured that Holden will honour all warranties and servicing agreements, as well as providing spare parts, repair, service and any required recall or field actions As part of General Motors and for over 100 years, ACDelco has been a world leader in the automotive aftermarket providing a wide range of quality products for the automotive replacement parts and service industry. Its range of batteries, spark plugs, oil, fluids and air filters, wiper blades and brake components will continue. R&J Batteries will continue to support their ACDelco stockist and distributor programs, with no interruption or changes. For your nearest ACDelco automotive parts stockiest call 1800 ACDelco, visit www.acdelco.com.au or contact your R&J Batteries representative. ACDelco Website ACDelco Products [...]

R&J Batteries builds new Admin Centre in Ballarat

2020-02-10T10:06:12+00:00February 10th, 2020|Ballarat, Celebrations, R & J Batteries|

New R&J Batteries Admin Centre in Ballarat The R&J Batteries administration team are moving next door to a brand new, purpose-built administration centre. R&J Batteries are one of Australasia’s fastest growing battery companies and over the years our administration team have steadily outgrown our Head Office in Ballarat. With over 15 staff working in our Head Office team it was time to look beyond the offices above the Ballarat Store. The new Administration Centre has been custom built right beside the Ballarat store. The building will feature a reception, on-site parking, a large boardroom, workstations and plenty of office space. It was also constructed with staff health and well-being in mind with disability access, fully operational kitchen and a staff gym. Finance, Marketing and Administration will all move to the new centre, as well as some members of HR and Operations. Our staff have been very patient with the limitations of the current offices and are looking forward to shifting into the bigger, more modern complex. “We have been looking for a bigger home for our Head Office team for a while now. Having the property next door become available was a fantastic opportunity for us to custom build a facility to suit our needs, with easy access to the Ballarat store. This new centre will provide a great working environment for our employees while also allowing us to give even better service to our customers.” – Ray Robson, Managing Director Our customers across [...]

31 December, 2019

Super Mini Boosters

2020-01-03T12:52:37+00:00December 31st, 2019|Battery Accessories, New Product, Uncategorized|

Super Mini Boosters are the smallest, most powerful jump starters in their class. Compact and versatile, these boosters are capable of jump starting or charging an endless amount of applications using their sealed AGM battery technology. Once fully charged the Super Mini Booster will give you between 10 to 20 jump starts without having to plug the unit in and are perfect for charging your devices away from home. These units are available from R&J Batteries in G4 and G7 sizes. Download the brochure here.  FEATURES 1M drop proof case 2 USB ports 2000mA output AC/DC charging adapters Digital voltage display 100% memory free 2 Bright LED lights Workshop Certified APPLICATIONS G4 Model G7 Model Download Brochure Here Contact Us Store Locator Call Us Email Us

R&J Batteries Partner with ACME Batteries Opening Christchurch Branch

2020-06-29T13:05:53+00:00December 10th, 2019|New Store, R & J Batteries, Uncategorized|

R&J Batteries Opens South Island Distribution Centre Expanding its Presence in New Zealand by Entering into a Merger Agreement with ACME Batteries Bursting into the New Zealand market just under 2 years ago, R&J Batteries is further expanding its presence opening a second distribution point in the South Island and entering a merger agreement with well-known battery distributor ACME Batteries. 100% New Zealand owned and operated, ACME Batteries has long been a key presence in the New Zealand battery aftermarket with a strong following of their KOBA brand. Director Lance Johnson and his nationwide team of 9 have built up ACME’s reputation of high-quality products, backed by service you and rely on. The joining of R&J Batteries and ACME provides significant synergies and capabilities for servicing the entirety of New Zealand. The merger effectively doubles the size and representation of both companies across the country. Both company names will be retained as will their strong battery brands such as KOBA, Delkor, U.S. Battery, Fullriver and many more. Lance will remain a director of ACME and Ray Robson will join him as co-director. This merger not only strengthens the respective businesses but will also provide their expanding customer base with better service and an increased range of superior quality batteries. Get Directions CALL US BATTERY FINDER The pair will continue to expand their presence in the New Zealand market with the introduction of a new South Island Distribution Centre based in Wigram, Christchurch. This huge Christchurch [...]

21 October, 2019

Challenge Batteries – Perth’s Largest Independent Battery Supplier

2019-10-21T10:06:37+00:00October 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Western Australia’s Largest Independent Battery Supplier, Challenge Batteries Western Australia’s Best Quality & Battery Range We are thrilled to introduce our latest distributor of the month: Challenge Batteries. Locally owned since 1987, today Challenge Batteries is one of Western Australia’s biggest independent battery distributor with a reputation for great products and service to match. Business name: Challenge Batteries Established year:  1987 Website: http://www.challengebatteries.com.au/ Locations: 1 Burgay Court, Osborne Park WA 6017 Phone: (08) 9446 6122 Product description: Batteries, chargers and inverters Brands: Challenge, Delkor, Fullriver, Hardcore, Motobatt, Deka, Odyssey and Optima Number of employees:  12 CALL CHALLENGE BATTERIES VIEW THE CHALLENGE BATTERY RANGE ABOUT CHALLENGE BATTERIES Established over 30 years ago, today Challenge Batteries is a third generation, locally owned family business located in Osborne Park, 10 minutes from Perth CBD. Originally focusing on importing batteries and second-hand tyres, founder Graeme soon learnt the second-hand tyre game was tough and focused his energy on the battery business, a bet that paid off. Challenge batteries is now operated by Graeme’s two sons Chris and Tony. Over his years in the industry, Graeme and his team have built a strong reputation in Perth for providing great products coupled with exceptional customer service and over the decades, Challenge has grown to become one of the largest independent battery suppliers in Western Australia. Chris and Tony attribute their ongoing success to their product range, industry knowledge and expertise. They are most proud of their [...]

Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car

2019-10-09T10:58:25+00:00October 9th, 2019|News, Optima, Racing|

Optima Hunt for the Ultimate Street Car Competition and Car Show Hits Calder Park this November Australia’s First Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge hits Calder Park Raceway on the 16-17th November. Proudly supported by R&J Batteries, this multi-segment competition and car show is designed for real street cars. This first of its kind event is all about fun from the drivers seat, put your car through its paces in the Motorkhana, circuit time trial, drag race and speed/stop segments or show off your pride and joy in either the show & shine or sound & vision competitions. Spectators are free, so no matter what you drive there is something for you and the family. Register now if you think your car has what it takes! Registrations close October 25th. For more information or to register head to: http://driveusca.com/optima-au/ In the U.S, Optima Batteries have been searching for the Ultimate Street Car for 6 seasons, through a series of consistent national events formatted for enthusiasts of every skill level. For the first time they are bringing the Ultimate Street Car event to Australia in a 2 day event set to test every class of car and enthusiasts of all levels. Each class winner will receive a trophy while the overall winner will also win a trip to Optima’s OUSCI and SEMA show in the USA. Whether you’re a street or performance car enthusiast, manufacturer or service provider, don’t miss the chance to catch this [...]

5 September, 2019

R&J Batteries 2019 Federation Business School Business of the Year

2019-09-05T11:37:09+00:00September 5th, 2019|Ballarat, R & J Batteries, Uncategorized|

R&J Batteries Win 2019 Federation Business School Business of the Year Recognised for our Hard Work and Outstanding Customer Service We did it and we couldn’t be prouder of our achievement! We were hopeful of winning the Ballarat Community Health Customer Service Award but to also take out the Federation Business School Business of the Year Award is truly amazing. “It is a massive honour to accept the Business of the Year award on behalf of R&J Batteries. The origins of our story typify the hard work that the founders and our team do. It is what makes this family owned business a success. It is a wonderful feeling. It is affirmation of the hard work that Ray Robson, our founder and Managing Director does and that we are doing ok and will continue to do so. Winning Business of the Year gives us a lot of pride. We will celebrate it. It’s a morale booster for everyone.” – Stuart Hamilton. Both the Ballarat Community Health Customer Service Award and the Federation Business School Business of the Year Award are wonderful recognition of the hard work and outstanding Customer Service the Ballarat team give each and every day; well done Ash and the team! Achievements and recognition like this don’t happen overnight, it takes a continual focus on delivering the best possible service and making sure we do everything to the best of our abilities. Our Ballarat store is our founding location and for almost 25 years the Ballarat [...]

19 August, 2019

R&J Batteries Doveton – Eastern Distribution Centre Open for Business

2019-08-21T13:53:45+00:00August 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

R&J Batteries Hallam Relocates to Doveton! Eastern Distribution Centre Open for Business R&J Batteries are excited to announce that as of August 2019 our Hallam team are relocating to a bigger, shinier new store at 24A Princes highway Doveton, VIC 3177. Located only 6km from our Hallam branch, our new location in Doveton will be home to over 10 of our loyal employees including Customer Service, Sale Representatives and Warehouse specialists, as well as our National Accounts Team and IT department. Our new warehouse and showroom are more easily accessible, with plenty of customer parking, battery testing facilities, offices and greater warehouse storage capacity with the ability to directly accept containers. This means our team will be even better equipped to provide our exceptional service and world leading products to all loyal customers across Melbourne and Victoria. GET DIRECTIONS CALL US BATTERY FINDER Our Hallam team have been operating out of the existing location for more than 10 years now. In recent times our operation has expanded and grown to a point where our home in Hallam wasn’t big enough to support our operation in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs. Our Eastern Distribution Centre will be headed up by manager Nigel Bognar, with the team eager to make the move to the new, bigger and better location which will allow us to better meet the growing demands of our customer base and explore the opportunity to expand our distribution network. “This is [...]

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