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Freightways

Freightways

2007 ranking: 89

Senior IS executive: Richard Mitchell-Lowe, general manager, information services Reports to: Dean Bracewell, managing director

Size of IS shop: 17

PCs: 970

Mobile PCs: 75

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 1050

Total screens: 2095

Industry: Transport and warehousing

PC environment: Windows XP, HP

Server environment: HP Unix, Windows 2003,

Red Hat, Linux

DBMS: Oracle, SQL

Address: Freightways House, 32 Botha Road, Auckland

Website: www.freightways.co.nz

Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.

FREIGHTWAYS IS A publicly listed company that operates in the

express package, business mail and information management

markets.

The group’s origins date back to 1964 through New Zealand

Couriers, a pioneer in the New Zealand express package market.

In 2006 Freightways extended its reach to Australia with the

acquisition of DataBank, a data storage business operating in NSW

and Victoria.

Since this initial acquisition, Freightways has opened further

DataBank branches in Queensland and South Australia and has

acquired the document destruction business, Shred-X.

Freightways employs a multi-brand strategy within the express

package market through New Zealand Couriers, Post Haste, Castle

Parcels, Sub-60, Kiwi Express and Security Express.

In the information management market in New Zealand, Freightways

operates data security services, document destruction services and

archive security. DX Mail operates in the business mail market.

For the full year to 30 June 2007, Freightways reported revenues

of $283 million, 10 per cent above the prior period.

Richard Mitchell-Lowe, general manager information technology,

says there is a strong emphasis on leveraging a shared IT

infrastructure across the Freightways group to deliver innovative,

technology-enriched solutions to customers.

Major IT suppliers include Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Oracle, Kaon

Technologies and Telecom.

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