The number of Kiwis who own a smartphone has doubled in the past year, a TNS study has revealed. Twelve months ago 33% of New Zealanders owned a smartphone, but a year later, the figure has risen to 60%. This prevalence will have a major influence on the business community, the ways in which business is conducted and the way services and products are communicated to the general public.
With the official launch of a health and safety guideline for directors by Labour Minister, Simon Bridges this week, the pressure continues on all sectors of New Zealand business in this area. With a number of initiatives being enacted, legislative activity, committee desk thumping, union grumbling and changes to ACC, more pressure than ever is going on business managers and directors to become ‘squeaky clean’ in this area.
Multi-unit franchising is continuing to grow in popularity across Australasia and will account for 62% of franchising sector revenues in this market by 2015, according to the Franchise Relationships Institute, organisers of the 4th National Multi-Unit Summit. The Summit, to be held in Melbourne on May 29 and 30, will focus on improving profitability and reducing risk in multi-unit franchising.
McDonald’s New Zealand announced last week that after 15 years, it will be launching a pilot to bring back the Kiwi ‘legend’, Georgie Pie. A Steak Mince ‘N’ Cheese iteration of the pie will be sold from early June, at its Queen Street and Greenlane restaurants, then rolled out to five other McDonald’s sites in Auckland and four sites in the Waikato shortly after.