What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files that websites place on your computer, mobile phone, tablet or other device. They remember that you have visited the website before. They make it easier for you to maintain your preferences and they enable certain features of the website or app to work, such as the shopping basket. They may also tailor the information or adverts you see on the site or app. This is important to us because we want to make sure our website and app are as user friendly as possible, ensuring you have a good experience when browsing or purchasing.
Types of Cookies
Session cookies: these are stored while you’re browsing. They are deleted from your device automatically when you close your browser. Persistent cookies: these are saved on your computer or device so they don’t get deleted when you close your browser. We use persistent cookies when we need to remember who you are from one visit to the next, for example to remember your preferences.
Below are more details of the cookies used on our website and app.
Categories of Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies record a visitor’s progress through a browsing session for problem solving and to identify errors in the use of the site or app that the visitor may experience. They also link a visitor’s actions with website/app usage and performance. Some cookies identify the visitor’s IP address, browser and device type. We use Analytics to assess how visitors use the website and app, to understand how visitors arrived (e.g. using keyword searches), to monitor how long visitors remain and when they return, and to control website traffic at busy times.
Social Media Cookies
Cookies track the products viewed by a visitor to the website or app, and may serve similar adverts on when the user visits their Facebook and Twitter page. Other cookies enable visitors to share or like items on our website or app using social media buttons.
How can I manage or remove Cookies?
By default only strictly necessary cookies are active, as this is necessary for the operations of the website or app. You can opt-in to other cookie categories (except strictly necessary cookies) by clicking on the “Cookie Settings” button, which will present you with multiple Cookie categories where you can click on the different category headings to find out more and change your default settings with the toggle button.
Within this, if you extend the Cookie category then you can see a list of cookies (first party and third party) which are active within that respective category. By choosing to “Accept” you allow Toolstation to use all the functionality of its Cookies and track as explained above in the Cookie Category table. By choosing “Reject” you disallow Toolstation to use all the functionality of cookies categories, except those categorised as Strictly Necessary Cookies. Once you have selected your choices, you can click “Confirm My Choices” to complete this process.
If you want to, you can manage or disable cookies from your browser and delete all cookies that are stored on your device. You can do this as often as you want to. To find out how to do this for your particular browser you can go to “help” on your browser’s menu or you can visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
What happens if I choose to disable Cookies?
You need to be aware that if you choose to disable cookies from your browser it may prevent you from taking full advantage of the Toolstation website, and you may not get the best user experience.
Policy reviewed March 2021