Trade NZ has short-listed four companies to build the e-business platform for the country’s exporters, though it would not name them.
However, Computerworld understands two are Advantage Group and a Telecom-led consortium.
Trade NZ received 23 replies to its request for proposal, which stipulated that individual solution providers or consortiums should provide a complete solution for its e-business strategy. The project has been allocated $9.6 million by government.
The e-business strategy includes educating exporters, online knowledge management and decision support relating to Trade NZ information, online services such as promoting, profiling and matching exporters with organisations wanting to do business with New Zealand, and building electronic marketplaces with payment/fulfilment facilities.
The strategy is aimed at small and medium-sized entreprises (SME) and is supposed to minimise entry barriers and reduce the time and cost of marketing to dispersed markets.
According to Trade NZ chief executive Fran Wilde, most of New Zealand’s exporters fall into the SME category, a sector that has been slow to adopt e-commerce.