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Foodstuffs Co-operative Society

Foodstuffs Co-operative Society

2007 ranking: 32

Senior IS executive: Egon Guttke, group manager of IT Reports to: Chief executive officer

Size of IS shop: 52

PCs: 2090

Mobile PCs: 500

Terminals: 15

Hand-held devices: 1050

Total screens: 3655

Industry: Wholesale and retail trade

PC environment: Windows 98, 2000, XP; HP; Dell

Server environment: AIX, Windows 2000, HP, Dell, IBM AS/400; OEM

Intel-based

DBMS: Informix, SQL

Address: 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream, Upper Hutt, Wellington

Website: www.foodstuffs-wgtn.co.nz

Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.

FOODSTUFFS (WELLINGTON) CO-OPERATIVE Society is one of three

separate, regionally-based and retailer-owned co-operative companies

of the sizeable Foodstuffs organisation, and competes “vigorously” in

the competitive national foodstuffs retail market.

Foodstuffs (Wellington) chief executive Tony McNeill told The

Australian Financial Review in February that the New Zealand liquor

sales market is particularly challenging.

“We’ve opened three [large-format stores] and are reviewing those

and are happy with the progress, but we’re not rushing headlong into

it. When we really looked at it and did a lot more work on the market,

we found the liquor market over here has not the same opportunities

that might have presented themselves in Australia. The opportunity

to pick up share in the stand-alone liquor market is not as great as in

Australia and supermarkets here have a higher share of wine and beer

and do a better job of retailing,” said McNeill.

Egon Guttke is group manager IT for Foodstuffs Wellington. In 2007,

Guttke said Foodstuffs Co-operative Society spends on disaster recovery

programmes to ensure it can continue to run its business in adverse

situations. Point of sale systems and electronic payment systems are

also critically important to retail organisations, and there is a need to

comply with a new encryption standard for EFT terminals, meaning

a terminal fi rmware upgrade and the need to test and obtain ETSL

certification.

On the e-commerce front, Foodstuffs Cooperative Society is active

in B2B models in conjunction with the two other Foodstuffs companies.

It has also gone live with a Global Standards 1 project which places

information on goods and bar codes in a central, international data

repository. It also allows organisations to tap into that data repository

and download information to its own systems.

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