NZ gets another B2B marketplace

Claiming to be the country's "largest business-to-business" supplier, SupplyZone is set to go live at midnight tonight.

Claiming to be the country’s “largest business-to-business” supplier, SupplyZone is set to go live at midnight tonight.

Offering office equipment straight from the suppliers, SupplyZone has 10 “virtual stores” covering PCs, PBX systems, stationery, office furniture, cellular phones, alcohol and foodstuffs for the workplace.

The site has been built using Microsoft’s Commerce server running on Hewlett-Packard servers and uses BNZ’s credit card gateway for transactions. Ninety-nine per cent of the products on offer are apparently direct from the manufacturer or distributor, thus cutting out the middle man and ensuring costs are kept to a minimum.

The site will offer a loyalty programme that allows businesses to earn points as they spend — they can then use the points to purchase from a range of “loyalty gifts”.

The next step for the company, according to founder Neil Taylor, is to help businesses set up their own e-commerce websites.

“We advise on how businesses should adapt for the online economy and identify the opportunities and threats they will confront”.

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