Stories by Amanda Sachtleben

New cloud venture acquires Telarus in New Zealand

Jules Rumsey, the cofounder and former chief executive officer of trans-Tasman, infrastructure-based service provider Telarus, has established a new local business venture called Cloud Plus by acquiring the local business operations of his former company.

Procurement reform makes strides

NZICT is playing a pivotal role in driving procurement reform based on industry feedback, says the organisation’s chairperson Brett O’Riley.

NZICT contest encourages small firms to get smarter

Pan-sector lobby group NZICT is set to launch a Smart Business competition, to promote investment in ICT and fast broadband among small businesses.
The group wants entrants to submit inspiring concepts that could encourage other small businesses to consider making similar technology investments.

Finzsoft partners with HCL

Trans-Tasman finance software company Finzsoft has partnered with Indian-headquartered IT services company HCL Technologies, in a bid to expand globally.

Canon sees market rebound

Canon says its local financial results for 2009 are positive in light of economic conditions last year, adding it implemented growth strategies at the first stages of the downturn in 2008.

Integral, Axon joining gathers momentum

The amalgamation of Integral and Axon is moving at speed following the acquisition, with Integral’s Auckland staff moving to Axon’s premises today.

JB Hi-Fi hits back over pay dispute

JB Hi-Fi says the Unite union shouldn’t be targeting the company in New Zealand with strike action because it pays more highly than other local retailers.
In a statement last week, the union said it had been negotiating with JB Hifi management for more than six months for a wage rise for member workers under a collective agreement. The statement said JB Hi-Fi workers are paid $13.50 per hour in New Zealand, saying Australian staff are paid nearly twice as much. It says the workers haven’t had a pay rise in nearly two years.
Unite organiser Omar Hamed said it was negotiating on behalf of 100 JB Hifi workers nationwide.
JB Hi-Fi’s Australian-based CEO Richard Uechtritz says comparisons between rates of pay in the two countries aren’t warranted because of differences in factors including taxes and costs of living.
Uechtritz says JB Hi-Fi’s rate of pay is above the $12.75 minimum wage rate paid by some other retailers in New Zealand, saying this is the rate given by The Warehouse, Harvey Norman, Number One Shoes and Noel Leeming.
“There’s something wrong in targeting JB Hi-Fi,” he says. “If they want to get their members a pay rise it would be easier to use our payment as a good example and get people up to $13.50. Why pick on one of the top paying retailers?”
JB Hi-fi always pays “above what it should pay” to obtain the best staff, he says.
Unite said the approximately 100 member workers planned further pickets after disrupting operations at the chain’s Wellington store last Friday. These plans included rallies outside flagship stores.
Referring to the industrial action, Uechtritz says JB Hi-Fi “won’t be caving in to demands like that”. “If any staff wanted to work for other [retailers] in New Zealand, they’d be going backwards.”
100 staff represents a small proportion of the company’s workforce in New Zealand, says Uechtritz.

Investment knocks Datacraft’s annual profit

Datacraft’s local, after-tax net profit fell 37.6 percent to $972,000 for the year to 30 September 2009. However, the company says it is already reaping the rewards of investments made last year to position for post-recession recovery.

Sun Microsystems NZ plummets to loss

Sun Microsystems’ local business has posted an after tax loss of $295,620 for the year to June 2009, in stark contrast to its profit of $3.84 million in the previous reported year.