Lack of outside investment and slow user adoption are blamed for the closure of online marketplace Onezone.
Onezone was launched in February by Auckland-based laboratory and scientific products supplier Biolab Scientific and its closure was announced yesterday. Biolab boss Bruce McKinnon says Onezone hasn’t flourished fast enough.
“Onezone has done well but unfortunately not within the timeframe we need to make it viable.”
As of six weeks ago Onezone claimed 22 suppliers and eight customers. McKinnon says customers will continue to be supplied via Biolab Direct, the predecessor of Onezone.
He says Biolab Direct will supply customers’ laboratory and scientific needs, but access to other suppliers’ products will no longer be available.
Twelve staff lose their jobs as a result of the closure.
Aside from Biolab, Onezone suppliers included BOC Gases, Corporate Express, Dick Smith Electronics, LiquorKing, Fuji Xerox and Whitcoulls.