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Progressive Enterprises

Progressive Enterprises

2007 ranking: 11

Senior IS executive: David Morrison, manager IT Reports to: Managing director

Size of IS shop: 73

PCs: 1900

Mobile PCs: 100

Terminals: 2000

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

Website: www.progressive.co.nz

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

Enterprises.

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

trading divisions.

Progressive Enterprises is a light outsourcer, outsourcing ICT

education, some applications development and HR payroll.

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