EDS changes not affecting NZ

A change in payment terms to suppliers by EDS hasn't generated any complaints in New Zealand, an EDS spokesperson says.

A change in payment terms to suppliers by EDS hasn't generated any complaints in New Zealand, an EDS spokesperson says.

However, at least one Australian supplier has expressed displeasure at the move.

In October, EDS altered its payment terms in New Zealand and Australia from 30 to 60 days, shifting to the same terms as its US head office.

The Australian newspaper quoted Marc Vandervaere of supplier Bittalk as saying the move made him reluctant to do business with EDS.

EDS says it is aligning supplier payment terms with those its accounts receivable, which are also 60 days.

EDS NZ spokeswoman Adrienne Perry confirmed the move was made on October 30.

"We are working with suppliers to minimise any inconvenience as we migrate to the new payment system."

It's a global policy, to apply to every subsidiary, Perry says.

In New Zealand, reaction to the change has been minimal, she says.

"I'm not aware of any complaints at all like the one referred to in The Australian."

A spokesman for distributor Ingram Micro said EDS' move "hasn't affected us at all."

Ingram Micro supplies EDS with internal networking product, Microsoft OEM and the occasional piece of IBM kit, but EDS isn't a large part of its business.

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