Retail Solutions Briefs: Apple, e-tail fraud, game release

Retail Solutions Briefs: Apple, e-tail fraud, game release

Choice Apple reseller sale

Choice Connections, one of the Apple resellers involved in the defunct Buzzle merge, could be sold to the highest bidder with administrators KPMG calling for interested buyers for the company and its operations.

KPMG has been advertising for expressions of interest for the purchase of the BRI Computers, Powertech Computers and Choice Connections (Brisbane). The three companies comprise one of the largest resellers of Apple Computers in Queensland, with sales of more than $12 million, according to the administrator.

The companies' clients include the Federal, State and Local Government, as well as educational institutions and private consumers, with offices in New Farm and Woolloongabba in Brisbane. Expressions of interest close April 18.e-tail fraud solvable: according to studyA new study of Internet retailers by The Worldwide E-Commerce Fraud Prevention Network has found that while nearly half of the e-tailers surveyed say online fraud is a "significant problem", the majority believe that steps in fraud prevention can minimise risk.

Fifty per cent of those surveyed reported online losses from fraud of between $US1000 and $10,000. Nineteen per cent said they had lost over $100,000.

Thirty-six per cent of respondents thought fraud was a "somewhat significant" problem, while 10 per cent found it to be the "most significant problem" and one per cent said they never worry about it at all.

The companies that responded to the survey are a diverse bunch in terms of revenue, with 45 per cent listing annual revenue of over $1 million, 20 per cent making between $100,000 and $1 million, and 35 per cent reporting under $100,000.

Gaming release is Black & White to queuing fansFans lined up to be amongst the first to buy one of the biggest game releases of the year so far - Electronic Arts Black & White.

"It is the single-biggest gamers' game title so far this year, and seems to be the first of many of such big titles to hit our shores prior to the end of the financial year," Rob Beaumont, proprietor of software retailer Berlin Wall Software Supermarket in Adelaide, told ARN.

The 5.00pm release was met with much anticipation by customers, who queued outside the store in droves.

"I think it is what the software industry needed, a real shot in the arm," Beaumont said.

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