Gateway sheds more staff

PC manufacturer Gateway is reducing its New Zealand staff even further - now only 21 sales staff remain in country.

PC manufacturer Gateway is reducing its New Zealand staff even further — now only 21 sales staff remain in country.

“Gateway New Zealand's finance, operations and HR activities will be integrated with those in Australia, as of June 30,” says Gateway spokesperson Robert Sherbin.

He says this move will involve two staff moving to Sydney, three more being made redundant and one recent resignation not be replaced.

“The remaining positions are engaged in retail sales, business and channel sales, and product management.”

Gateway came into New Zealand by buying long-time local manufacturing stalwart PC Direct late in 1998.

PC Direct reached its peak of popularity in 1996 when research company IDC rated it third in overall PC sales for the year with a market share of 8.7% on sales of 16,965 units.

Last year Gateway ranked only seventh in the New Zealand market, although a strong first quarter this year is expected.

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