Senior IS executive: David Morrison, manager IT Reports to: Managing director
Size of IS shop: 73
Mobile PCs: 100
Hand-held devices: 400
Total screens: 4400
Industry: Wholesale and retail trade
PC environment: Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, CE; Compaq; HP
Server environment: OS4000; Unix SVR4; Windows NT, 2000, XP;
Compaq; iSeries; NCR
DBMS: DB2, Oracle, SQL, Teradata, M204
Address: 80 Favona Road, Mangere, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Point of sale; supply chain system.
PROGRESSIVE ENTERPRISES OPERATES the Foodtown, Woolworths
and Countdown supermarket banner groups.
The company employs some 18,000 people within 148 supermarkets
trading under the Countdown, Foodtown and Woolworths
names, 22 Woolworths Quickstop and Micro convenience stores,
several meat processing plants, warehouse operations and support
offices. Progressive is also the franchise co-ordinator for the Fresh-
Choice and SuperValue franchise banner groups.
Progressive Enterprises continues to seek to leverage synergies in
New Zealand with Woolworths Australia. As a business, its focus is
to implement tangible business solutions that improve overall value
proposition to customers.
David Morrison, IT manager for Progressive, says the rollout of the
new Point of sale systems, and supply chain solutions: AutostockR,
are well underway. He says signifi cant improvements are to be
expected in the supply chain as a result of implementing Woolworths’
systems. From these changes IT will help its primary customers, the
supermarkets — to deliver competitive advantage to Progressive
The ICT project roadmap for Progressive over the coming 12
months is focussed on leveraging synergies with Woolworths,
through systems on both sides of the Tasman, and also with the two
IT teams. The IT management team is working with its Woolworth’s
peers, creating centres of excellence and working through options to
utilise capabilities such as agility and local technical skills — not just
for the overall company’s supermarket business, but also the other
Progressive Enterprises is a light outsourcer, outsourcing ICT
education, some applications development and HR payroll.
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