How to survive the Kiwi labour crunch as outsource avenues shut

"People want money, time, growth and purpose – if you can get that combination right, you may have a better chance of holding on to your talent," Prema says.

How to survive the Kiwi labour crunch as outsource avenues shut

In recent years it has become common for Kiwi companies to outsource work to virtual staff in places like the Philippines and India, but the toll of Covid-19 is shutting down even these options for local businesses. BetterCo Business Advisors and Chartered Accounting firm director Peter Prema says Covid-19 is ravaging traditional outsourcing markets for […]

Leader Profile: Terry Carter – General Manager New Zealand Tube Mills Ltd  

It has been hard work and a challenge to tap into the United States marketplace, but we are now selling to three out of the top 5 wine brands in the country.

Leader Profile: Terry Carter – General Manager  New Zealand Tube Mills Ltd   

by Rebecca Reed What does your company do? We have gone from a manufacturer of raw tube and exhaust systems to a manufacturer of steel tubular trellising solutions. Founded in Seaview, in the Hutt Valley, the company was forced to shift its focus from the automotive industry to the horticultural market when its work in […]

Good as gold: Waste in a circular economy

The ultimate circular product is one designed with cradle-to-cradle (C2C) principles. Traditionally, products are designed for one life with a cradle to grave approach, with some being recycled and most being landfilled at the end of its useful life.

Good as gold: Waste in a circular economy

By Barbara Nebel and Femi Perumbally www.thinkstep-anz.com/ There is no waste in a circular economy, only resources and opportunities to use them to their full potential. Unlike a linear economy, a circular economy or ōhanga āmiomio, proposes a model in which economic growth is not connected to an increased use of limited, natural resources. Instead, […]

Gold Coast trade soars in NZ

“That’s the best advice I could ever give anyone entering the market – work on word of mouth. It just takes care of your marketing for you at no cost.”

Gold Coast trade soars in NZ

A unique bond between New Zealand and Australia’s Gold Coast is flourishing as demand for trans-Tasman trade builds on the back of the quarantine-free travel bubble.  Capitalising on this relationship are local Gold Coast businesses accelerating the city’s economic recovery. In 2019-20, Gold Coast exported $4.88 billion in products and services internationally, led by the […]

A manufacturing first: how the pandemic has paved the way to a flexible work model

For those in manufacturing roles, it could mean equipping and broadening skillsets to enable greater independence to tackle and anticipate issues. 

A manufacturing first: how the pandemic has paved the way to a flexible work model

  By Kevin Piccione, President, Sealed Air Asia Pacific Flexible working is here to stay, and it doesn’t discriminate by industry. In fact, recent research by Microsoft estimates that, across a range of industries in APAC, 73 percent of workers want flexible remote work options to continue, while  67 percent are craving more in-person time with […]

Podcast: Featuring Dave Christie from Tainui Group Holdings – talking to the Ruakura Superhub. 

In this episode Redefining Trade is joined by Dave Christie, Supply Chain Strategy Director at Tainui Group Holdings, New Zealand.

Podcast: Featuring Dave Christie from Tainui Group Holdings – talking to the Ruakura Superhub. 

    Episode 8 – The Ruakura Superhub: with Dave Christie. In this episode Redefining Trade is joined by Dave Christie, Supply Chain Strategy Director at Tainui Group Holdings, New Zealand. Dave talks to host Peter Foyston about the long-term journey that the Ruakura Superhub (Waikato, NZ) has taken, from just an idea full-scale construction […]

Get an edge over your competitors with video

So, by investing in regular video creation now, manufacturers and distributors will leave their competitors in the dust.

Get an edge over your competitors with video

Why Manufacturers are at an advantage Filming Foodstuffs new Distribution Centre building.   A big shift in marketing and communications has taken place in 2021. Industries who may have never needed to explore new avenues beyond their traditional marketing practices have been forced to innovate. Auckland-based video production company, One Day Video, has seen a […]

Climate 101: Let’s talk about carbon

Since carbon is present in many greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, carbon and carbon emissions are used as blanket terms to talk about the different groups of greenhouse gases and their emissions.

Climate 101: Let’s talk about carbon

By Barbara Nebel, CEO of thinkstep-anz In the rising conversations around climate change and climate action, carbon is one of the most significant — and ambiguous — words that can be heard. More terms are quickly coming out of the woodwork — carbon offsets, scope 3 emissions, science-based targets — but what do they all […]

Where are our world class companies?

When you consider how much of the New Zealand economy is built on exports, these numbers should be seen as unacceptable.

Where are our world class companies?

-Ian Walsh Some of you may have read the NZ Productivity Commission’s report into frontier firms (the top 10% most productive firms in New Zealand) and compared our productivity to other Small  Advanced Economies (SAEs) such as Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden. This is great research with various studies and benchmarks, and I […]

Information management will unlock the digital revolution in manufacturing

Advanced technologies allow for a more agile workforce however, they can only succeed when there is a proper foundation, which is an effective information management (IM) solution.

Information management will unlock the digital revolution in manufacturing

George Harb, Regional Vice President APAC – Business Ecosystems During the pandemic, many industries quickly realised they weren’t as prepared for digitalisation as they thought. The manufacturing industry was no exception; the rapid shift to remote work was a challenge as the necessary digital infrastructure was not in place for many organisations. This impacted the […]

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