Dec 19, 2017 - Bartercard NZ chief executive John Scott has just been appointed CEO across both New Zealand and Australia. He takes up his new dual role immediately and will split his time across both countries, while retaining Auckland as his home base.
"Bartercard International undertook a detailed review of its operations earlier this year and made the logical decision to combine the trans-Tasman operations into one business unit", says Scott, who has been with the company five years after a long career in business finance and data.
Scott joined Bartercard New Zealand as CEO five years ago and, in that time, has refocused the business with a vision and values that aim to build sales growth for members, empower Bartercard employees; and set in place a strategy to guide all decision-making and investment. New Zealand has embarked on a journey of digital transformation and is leading the way when it comes to technological advances and investment - this will remain a key focus over the next few years.
"With this foundation, we have implemented more than 100 new initiatives and developed key technology platforms to help simplify and expand trading across our network", he says. "This has led to revenue doubling in the online distribution of products and services in New Zealand in the past 12 months and we will be introducing the same systems into Australia in April next year".
Bartercard New Zealand recently celebrated 25 years in New Zealand and more than $4 billion worth of trading. The company now has 15,000 cardholders nationwide and more than 6,000 active member businesses.
About Bartercard: Following Bartercard’s creation in Australia in 1991, Bartercard New Zealand became the first international licensee a year later. Since its inception, the Bartercard Trade Exchange has grown to more than 6,000 member businesses across New Zealand trading around $150 million worth of goods and services outside the cash economy each year. The top five sectors most active in Bartercard NZ are professional services, hospitality, automotive, construction and building, and food and drink.
Bartercard operates in New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, France, India, South Africa and Thailand and plans to expand into Israel next. Last year, parent company BPS Technology Ltd also bought Entertainment Publications Australia and New Zealand, which produces the very popular Entertainment™ Book.
| A Bartercard release || December 2017 |||