Kogan sees NZ disruptions amid COVID-19

Kogan sees NZ disruptions amid COVID-19

And a cyber attack on a delivery partner resulted in the loss of tracking information for thousands of transiting items

Ruslan Kogan (Kogan CEO)

Ruslan Kogan (Kogan CEO)

Credit: Kogan

Online technology and electronics retailer Kogan has revealed that certain products sold by the company in New Zealand were temporarily suspended for short periods due to COVID-19-related government policy changes.

In addition to the disruptions caused by the local lockdown, the online retailer admitted in its latest quarterly update to shareholders that one of its delivery companies suffered a cyber attack during one of its biggest shopping seasons since going public four years ago.

The retailer claimed the attack on the unnamed partner resulted in the loss of tracking information for thousands of transiting items alongside other operational issues.

In an update to shareholders, Kogan claimed it used different delivery companies while the disruption was in place, adding that its own systems were not compromised.

The incident took place as Kogan experienced one of its biggest sales uplifts as the coronavirus pandemic escalated in Australia and New Zealand since early this year.

While Kogan has been careful not to name the delivery partner that was affected, Australian logistics company Toll was hit by a ransomware attack at the end of January, with the company reporting on 18 March that its core services had finally returned to normal. 

As Toll's IT services were returning to normal, it emerged that another local freight and logistics firm, Henning Harders, had run into IT issues after dealing with what it referred to as an "organised attack" on its systems on 15 March.

It was during March that Kogan’s online marketplace saw its biggest gross sales on record as  Australia and New Zealand entered lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The marketplace also gained a spike in the number of sellers, with the retailer claiming the number of new sellers waiting to go live is more than half of the number of current active sellers. 

In addition, Kogan claimed it had witnessed its largest monthly increase in active customers since listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 2016

Meanwhile, Kogan saw its sales in the third quarter grow by more than 30 per cent year-on-year, reporting a 50 per cent uplift in March. 

Its quarterly revenue grew by more than 6 per cent, as March alone gained a spike of 19 per cent.

Gross profit also rose by around 23 per cent during the third quarter ended 31March, with the previous month again seeing a 50 per cent rise compared to the same time last year.

The company also claimed its active customers base grew by more than 13 per cent year-on-year to 1,809,000 as at 31 March 2020, with an incremental 62,000 active customers in the month of March.

(Additional reporting by Eleanor Dickinson)

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