Senior IS executive: Egon Guttke, group manager of IT Reports to: Chief executive officer
Size of IS shop: 52
Mobile PCs: 500
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
DBMS: Informix, SQL
Address: 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream, Upper Hutt, Wellington
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
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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