The new company, PC Parts, is an addition to two existing businesses – Laptop Battery, a supplier of batteries, adapters, optical drives, memory and other parts, and Laptop Universe, which supplies laptops and peripherals. It also arranges disposal of ex-lease gear.
Part-owner Kevin Owers says it is forming PC Parts to sub-distribute for Anyware and possibly provide other products.
“There’s a lot of opportunity here and we saw a gap. More wholesalers have pulled out of here in the last few years than have come in,” Owers says.
“South Islanders don’t like the idea of having to pay freight from Auckland and we’ll have the product right on their doorstep.”
Anyware country manager Peter de Wever says it will be positive to have a local presence for the Christchurch channel and the sub-distributor doesn’t sell anything that conflicts with Anyware’s products.
“I go down to Christchurch every two months and the dealers there are just saying ‘bring it on’,” de Wever says. “People need to be able to get our products quickly without paying too much in freight.”
Owers says PC Parts hopes to have stock available by early October.
Anyware already uses other sub-distributors – Golden Leaf, JDI and the Technology Connection – and it partners with BDT for Thermaltake business.
Meanwhile, de Wever says Anyware has been forced to increase prices by between two and five percent from 1 October due to recent changes in the exchange rate.
He says it has kept prices stable since the last full review in January, but the weakening of the kiwi dollar after Government intervention meant the increases were necessary. Anyware buys in Australian dollars as it is Australian owned.