Stories by Gerard Norsa

  • Officeworks jumps on rental bandwagon

    In a significant coup for RentSmart, the Western Australian-based finance company announced a comprehensive agreement today which will see the Coles-Myer owned office equipment retailing giant, Officeworks, introduce a rental option to "big ticket purchases" by its small business customers.

  • Harvey Norman takes control of Kidscape

    After rapid expansion in the three years since its inception, ownership of the Kidscape Creative Learning Centre has been transferred from its creator, distributor Dataflow Computer Services, to retailer Harvey Norman.

  • No joy for Empire creditors

    The chances of debt recovery for the 1600 creditors left out of pocket after the collapse of Sydney-based Empire Systems is minimal, despite the recent sale of office equipment and the defunct reseller's customer database.

  • Lexmark urges resellers to sell TCO benefits

    Lexmark last week launched its latest range of network printers including a new price point at the new performance level. In addition to claimed productivity and versatility improvements, the new Optra S family of monochrome laser printers have been designed with TCO issues in mind.

  • HP's nifty cryptography solution arrives

    The US Government has granted approval for Hewlett-Packard to export its cryptography technology, VerSecure. Formerly known as the International Cryptography Framework, VerSecure will be immediately available in Australia, the UK, Germany, France and Denmark.

  • PowerTech picks up Epsilon's pieces

    Melbourne-based UPS manufacturer PowerTech has been quick to snap up rival Epsilon's key assets, stock and spare parts after that manufacturer was sent into liquidation early last month (see ARN April 1, pg 4).

  • HP resellers cash in on trading up

    Hewlett-Packard is offering rebates of up to $13,500 to users of DesignJet, large-format printers or comparable competitor products in a concerted effort to help resellers push its latest 3000-series large format HP DesignJet printers into the market.

  • NEC completes mammoth Sydney restructure

    - A massive eight-month operation involving the consolidation of warehouse and service facilities for NEC Australia's two Personal Products Group (PPG) divisions - Information Systems (IS) and Home Electronics (HE) - is now complete.