Cookies – What are they and how do we use them?

To ensure compliance with the recent change of the data protection law ( on storing information on a user's equipment such as computer or mobile device, by using cookies or similar means, we need to obtain our users' consent to collect and store their personal information.

“Cookies” are small bits of electronic information that a website can transfer to your hard drive to help tailor and keep records of your visit to that website. Please note that cookies do not harm your computer. If you visit the Website, cookies are used to allow us to better customise your visit to your individual preferences, helping us provide you with the best possible service on the Website. Most major websites use cookies and their use is standard on the Internet. You can find out more about the way cookies work on and

We do use encrypted information gathered from cookies to improve your experience of the site such as identification and resolution of errors, or to determine relevant related products to show you when you're browsing. However, we do not store personally identifiable information (e.g credit card details).

The only situation when we may not require your consent in gathering your personal information is where the technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the purpose of enabling the use of the service explicitly requested by the user (e.g. to keep your basket updated when shopping online).

We use cookies to:

  • simplify the logging on process for registered users;
  • help ensure the security and autenticity of registered users;
  • provide the mechanisms for online shopping; and
  • enable traffic monitoring.

On visiting our Website you will be sent anonymous cookies to keep track of their browsing patterns and build up a demographic profile. In addition, if you have clicked on a Rexel UK Limited advertisement on another site that links to this Website you may be sent an anonymous cookie that will allow us to analyse advertising effectiveness and manage our relationship with our associated websites.

Whilst you do not need to allow your browser to accept cookies, in order to browse much of the Website or to access many of our services, you must have cookies enabled if you wish to shop online or access any areas reserved for registered users. Most browsers allow you to turn off the cookie function. If you want to know how to do this please look at the help menu on your browser, but this may restrict the use of some parts of the Website.

Here is a list of the cookies we use:

-       Website Cookies

 Cookie Name 




1 hr


1 month


-       3rd Party Cookies

 Cookie Name 




2 years

Google Analytics


30 mins

Google Analytics


On Session Close

Google Analytics


6 months

Google Analytics


2 years


2 years


2 years


1 day


2 years


1 year


On Session Close




 Web beacons — What are they and how do we use them?


A web beacon is typically an electronic image that is placed on a site, email or advert which allows a website to record the simple actions of the user opening the page that contains the beacon. Web beacons provide us with details of how the Website is navigated, how many individuals visit specific pages, the time material was viewed, the types of browsers and computer operating systems used and the Internet Protocol addresses from which you connect to the Website. This is information that is available on any website you visit and web beacons do not give any extra information away. Web beacons are simply a convenient way of gathering simple statistics and managing cookies and by being able to recognise you this allows us to improve your experience of the Website by enabling us to tailor and personalise your visit.

We use third–party web beacons from Yahoo! to help analyze where visitors go and what they do while visiting our website. Yahoo! may also use anonymous information about your visits to this and other websites in order to improve its products and services and provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. To find out more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by Yahoo! go to Where web beacons are used in connection with cookies then they may be rendered ineffective by either opting out of the cookies or changing the cookie settings in your browser.

You can find out more about the way web beacons work on

Search Engine

We are currently using an 'implied consent' policy which means we assume you are happy with this usage. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Third Party Cookies

On visiting our Website you will be sent anonymous cookies to keep track of browsing patterns and build up a demographic profile. In addition, if you have clicked on a (AllAboutElectrics or Rexel UK Limited) advertisement on another website that links to this Website you may be sent an anonymous cookie that will allow us to analyse advertising effectiveness and manage our relationship with our associated websites.

Please note that our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control.



The Website contains links to other websites. Please note that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites, and we recommend you read the privacy statements immediately on entering other websites. Should the other websites not have a privacy statement we recommend you contact the relevant third party directly before using their website. This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected through the Website.

Your rights of access, rectification and erasure


You are entitled, subject to certain exemptions, to obtain a copy of the personal data we hold about you, to correct any inaccuracies in such data and to request we cease using your personal information. Please direct such requests to or write to us at:

Data Protection and Records Management Office

Rexel UK Limited

Eagle Court 2

Hatchford Brook
B26 3RZ

If you would like to obtain a written copy of your personal information please write to us. You will need to verify your identity and specify what information you require. Please enclose your postal details and a cheque for the statutory fee of £6.35 made payable to Rexel UK Limited.

If you wish to know more about your rights please visit the Data Protection Commissioner's Website at


This Privacy Statement will be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of UK and the English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction in any dispute, save that we have the right, at our sole discretion, to commence and pursue proceedings in alternative jurisdictions.