Rental plans for the acquisition of equipment for business use has continued to gain momentum in retail channels, with one company now claiming to have fully automated the process.
Following on from its online kiosks, which are now set up in 15 Myer-Grace Brothers (MGB) stores, office equipment leasing specialist RentSmart reports it has now gone live with a full e-commerce facility.
And according to managing director Ned Montarello, there is no other financier in Australia that can offer this type of facility online.
Although it has already been providing information and quotes online via the Web site and in-store kiosks, there has still been the need for manual approval up to now. The e-commerce system links to RentSmart's credit matrix, as well as the Credit Reference Association of Australia database to provide online approval in real time.
But the latest development in this form of business finance is not just for the bricks-and-mortar retailers, but is about to be offered via the e-tail world.
RentSmart marketing manager Neil Le Febvre reported that the system is now in the process of being incorporated into the Harris Technology site, meaning that business consumers can shop and arrange their rental plan online.
`This will give customers the option of sorting out their finance through RentSmart at the Web checkout,' LeFebvre said, although he was quick to point out that there are additional business benefits to existing retailers.
Le Febvre claimed that the online approvals will provide even more value to the 800 traditional computer resellers through which RentSmart finance is offered around Australia. As the e-commerce system progresses, he predicted that pre-approved business customers will be referred to RentSmart retailers.
The online applications and kiosk facilities in the MGB stores were announced in October and November last year, with, as LeFebvre described it, a view to creating a `unique business shopping experience'. He added that the now fully automated online system means business customers armed with an online approval can shop for equipment at almost any e-tail or traditional store.
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