Ryan Watkins is the managing director of GrabOne, New Zealand’s third-largest ecommerce website. The daily deals site employs over 100 staff and has 1.6 million members. The Register asked him to predict the future.
The latest data from Nielsen shows ecommerce has truly entered the mainstream. New Zealanders now buy 18.2 million items each year, to the value of $4.6 billion, and this figure is expected to rise to $4.8 billion by the end of this year.
A Mini dealership has driven away with the 2015 ANZ Newmarket supreme award. Mini Garage Auckland sales manager Jonny Highton says he felt the award was down to his 14-strong team’s different approach to car retail. “We’re a bit of a crossover between a normal car yard and a premium retail experience.”
Smartphone app Postr, which puts brands and money into consumers' pockets by serving ads on their smartphone lockscreens, added its name to the list of apps trying to own the mobile homescreen last year.