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Trade Me positions itself to acquire Motorcentral software company

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  • July 13, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Trade Me positions itself to acquire Motorcentral software company

Online marketplace Trade Me has a number of businesses linked to the motoring industry – AutoBase, DealerBase and MotorWeb. It’s now applied to the Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire Limelight Software Limited, trading as Motorcentral, which makes software for car dealerships.

Trade Me’s ‘Trade Me Motors’ division includes its own online vehicle classified advertising business, plus a similar business, AutoBase. It also operates aggregator software for motor vehicle dealers, DealerBase, and MotorWeb, which provides motor vehicle information and reports.

It’s entered into a conditional agreement to purchase Motorcentral, which supplies cloud-based software and websites to motor vehicle dealers. The business is based in Christchurch and has 15 staff.

“Motorcentral’s system provides dealers with an easy-to-use platform that combines inventory management, customer relationship management, advertising plug-in options and website functions,” says Trade Me.

Head of Trade Me Motors Alan Clark says Motorcentral is an attractive business.

“It’s well-run with an experienced and smart team, and has a proven track record of delivering great services that add value to dealers. The team also has high engagement with the dealer community and we see many opportunities for continued growth. We’re excited.”

In a post to its Facebook page, Motorcentral assured clients that if the sale does go ahead, it will result in “business as usual” with no change in staff or business practice.

“We see this opportunity to team up with a company like Trade Me as an important step forward in our continuous evolution. This partnership will offer us greater stability, open doorways to connect the industry even better and give us greater depth and skills allowing us to further evolve our services to you and the industry.”

The Commerce Commission has indicated the application will take around 40 days to ass

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Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

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  • November 21, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

The Chinese holiday Singles’ Day, popularised by Alibaba as the ’11.11 Global Shopping Festival’, is now the biggest sale event in the world. Alibaba reports that US$25.3 billion of gross merchandise volume was settled during the 24 hours of Singles’ Day this year. Not all of that went to Chinese retailers, however – a handful of Kiwis made the most of the opportunity.

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Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

  • Technology
  • November 20, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

The Warehouse Group’s electronics retailer Noel Leeming has been looking at expanding its focus on services this year. Now, it’s launched a dedicated after-purchase services division: MyTechSolution. The change also means that customers will be charged for access to Noel Leeming's helpdesk if the request goes beyond a "quick fix".

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Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

  • In Association with Axis Communications / Sektor
  • November 20, 2017
Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

In-store video cameras revolutionised loss prevention when they first became available to retailers, but as camera technology continues to evolve, they can now provide a plethora of data that supports better business decisions.

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Sale squared: Onceit talks deep discounts and sale events

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  • November 20, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Sale squared: Onceit talks deep discounts and sale events

Kiwi high-end clearance ecommerce store Onceit works with more than 400 suppliers from New Zealand’s fashion, beauty and homewares industries to offload excess stock without brand damage. We had a chat with executive director Jay Goodey ahead of its once-yearly sale of sales.

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