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Seeing is believing - and business is booming

  • 06 April, 2004 09:36

<p>Sydney, Australia - (April 6, 2004) When you buy and sell fruit and vegetables by the truckload it is a huge help to be able to see exactly what is on the table - from apples to zucchinis.</p>
<p>Moraitis, regarded as one of Australia’s largest suppliers of fresh fruit &amp; vegetables, believes its new Polycom video conferencing system, supplied by e-Video, has helped streamline, reduce costs and create efficiencies within the business.</p>
<p>“We buy and sell hundreds of tonnes of produce every week and as you can imagine our industry is quite volatile, things are always changing, the weather, the seasons, quality, availability, so constant communication is a must,” said Director, Paul Moraitis.</p>
<p>“Video conferencing allows our people in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland to get together at any time to work out our buying strategy - on a company wide level - to make sure we get our customer the best produce at the best price.</p>
<p>“We work out what we’re buying, from whom and at what price. Bang it’s done. And if we have a problem, say with a shipment of potatoes, we can hold up a potato and instantly everyone knows what’s going on.</p>
<p>“Document collaboration is also a powerful tool for us. We can pull up figures and information for everyone to view at the same time. From that, good decisions can be made on the spot. If you email, you have to wait for people to get back to you.”</p>
<p>For Moraitis, clear communication has always been vital but in the past it depended heavily on people travelling locally and interstate, which became a sizable cost burden.</p>
<p>Polycom’s Country Manager Australia and New Zealand, James Anderson, said Moraitis was hungry to secure reliable, effective technology.</p>
<p>“People might have the impression that the fresh fruit and vegetable business is fairly low tech, but that’s certainly not the case at Moraitis. They have a driving principal that everything they do can be done better, and it shows.”</p>
<p>“Moraitis came to us when their first provider turned out to be too costly, and now they give Polycom the credit for the recent boom in their business, which feels really, really good.”</p>
<p>Given the success of their video conferencing network, Moraitis plans to expand the system to their South Australian operation later this year.</p>
<p>“The Polycom system has exceeded our expectations, and we’ve found that Polycom either does it properly or not at all. On top of that, we expect to see a return on our investment in just 18 months,” Paul Moraitis said.</p>
<p>About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. is the world's technology leader of high-quality, easy-to-use video, voice, data and web conferencing and collaboration solutions. The Polycom Office™ is our continued commitment to make distance communications as natural and interactive as being there by providing best-in-class conferencing solutions that are interoperable, integrated and intuitive to the user. The Polycom Office is based on industry standards and supported by an open architecture that promotes interoperability in multi-vendor environments and complements leading network infrastructure platforms. For additional information call 1-800-355-355 or +61 (2) 9978-8000, or visit the Polycom website at www.polycom.com.au <http:></http:></p>
<p>Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks and The Polycom Office is a trademark of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. ©2003, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.</p>
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