Computer Australia looks to make Concorde take-off

Computer Australia looks to make Concorde take-off

Following its purchase of the Concorde Computer business in December, Computer Australia has announced plans to open two additional stores in Brisbane.

The group's general manager, David Wu, said it was also considering opening further locations in the Gold Coast and regional towns surrounding Brisbane.

Computer Australia acquired all of Concorde's assets, including its three shop fronts, after the business went into voluntary administration.

Former director, Quentin Stoodley, claimed it was forced into administration after being unable to recover from debt. Since re-opening the stores in January, all had turned over a net operational profit each month, Wu claimed. As a result, it had now franchised the three shops under the Computer Australia member model.

Wu said it aimed to have 160 member stores by the end of next year. The reseller group currently has about 30 members in NSW, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

To achieve this rapid expansion, the reseller group would continue to grow its number of Concorde Computer branded stores and hunt for new reseller partners, Wu said.

Wu said Computer Australia would be working more closely with vendors, distributors and member stores on its monthly catalogue and other marketing activities, product updates and training.

Part of this had included a revision of its distribution agreements, he said.

Under the new arrangements, member stores will deal directly with its supply partners using iSell's IT Quoter tool.

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