AMS Launches NZ Cloud-based Workforce Management Platform
- : AMS
- : 15/10/2020 09:30
Established New Zealand cloud software company, AMS (Advanced Management Systems Ltd), has today announced the launch of AMS Pulse, its secure, cloud-based, workforce management platform. The next-generation solution puts the Kiwi people management provider in a strong position alongside its global competitors.
AMS Pulse recognises New Zealand owned organisations are increasingly looking for rapid digital transformation in workforce management. AMS Pulse now makes the complexities of compliance, rostering, managing and paying New Zealanders, simple and accessible via the cloud.
The AMS Pulse cloud platform is hosted in a government approved, secure, data centre. It keeps employee records in New Zealand, providing added accessibility and security.
“Buying local is no longer just about the proximity of on ground support,” says AMS, CEO, Joseph Yip. “It’s about data security, accessibility and collaboration. Lockdown has put much greater emphasis on the ability to be able to manage complex workforces remotely – for both employer and employee.”
AMS currently provides payroll and other services to the majority of NZ healthcare employees and is strongly represented across the public sector and other large enterprises in New Zealand AMS Pulse also provides the platform for a secure, collaborative, eco-system across industries to benefit New Zealand as a whole.
Users will be able to participate in sharing knowledge to establish best-practice and identifying the most effective and efficient way of managing the complexities of their industry’s workplace practice. This includes setting industry best-practice and standards many of which can be built into the AMS Pulse platform.
“We already have a handful of companies using the AMS Pulse platform, including Callaghan Innovation and the Electoral Commission”, explains Joseph Yip. “We hope to see exponential benefit for these companies from AMS taking a collaborative approach to future development.”
AMS remains a privately owned and operated company with a forty strong in-house research and development team at its Auckland headquarters. As a company AMS takes great pride in being New Zealand born and bred, with a culture of innovation that has successfully supported it over four decades in business to date.
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- : Joseph Yip
- : CEO
- : firstname.lastname@example.org
- : 0272932282
- : https://ams.co.nz
Cin7 appoints David Kennedy as Chief Operating Officer
- : Cin7
- : 14/10/2020
Technology business leader will help Cin7 scale with accelerating demand
Auckland, New Zealand and Denver, Colorado – October 14, 2020 – Cin7, a pioneering inventory and order management software company, announced today the appointment of David Kennedy as Chief Operating Officer, who brings nearly 20 years of technology and operations leadership experience to the global business.
As COO of Cin7, Kennedy will focus on leading and building teams to efficiently scale Cin7’s digital, cloud-based software-as-a-service business, cementing its position as the global leader in inventory management software, and rapidly expanding in key markets such as the United States.
CEO David Leach says Kennedy’s background as a global CIO with a focus on cybersecurity is particularly key for Cin7’s future focus.
“In the modern world, tech is integral to all parts of the business, and it’s embedded more than ever in our operating model. We’re really fortunate to have a COO in David who has that Global CIO background that can help us scale but also use systems, teams, and technology to their full advantage. We can automate, and speed up, as we continuously improve the experience for our customers, partners, and employees.”
“I really enjoy the challenge of creating value for customers and helping growing teams become more effective and efficient,” Kennedy says. “The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace, and it is our responsibility as leaders to help our teams innovate so that we ultimately give our customers the best experience possible.”
Previously, Kennedy held Global CIO positions at Orion Health and TSG, with a focus on creating secure technology solutions and building tight, innovative, flexible teams. Before that, he worked as an advisor at KPMG for almost a decade and a security architect at IBM. His experience has been forged by working in multiple verticals including FinTech, MedTech, banking, Big Four consultancy, military, and FMCG.
Cin7’s inventory and order management platform connects more than 550 ecommerce platforms, online marketplaces, 3PL warehouses, and native EDIs in one solution, helping retailers and product sellers quickly and efficiently get their products to customers wherever they are, from any channel. Founded in New Zealand and featuring a global customer base across 25 countries, in early 2020 Cin7 established a significant US presence to serve its growing customer base and accelerate capture of the North American market. Every month, millions of orders flow through the platform, representing over a billion dollars of product sales, as Cin7 helps growing brands sell more products, to more customers, in more places.
- : Doug LaBahn
- : CMO
- : Dougl@cin7.com
- : 6498897150
- : https://www.cin7.com/
Facing pandemic lockdown challenges, entrepreneurs find new opportunities
- : Inka Bands
Founder of ‘Inka Bands™’ in Auckland recently launched a new online store featuring stylish exercise accessories to meet rising demand for at-home fitness gear
Auckland, New Zealand — Oct. 12th, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a mountain of challenges to entrepreneurs everywhere.
But any ambitious visionary knows in challenges there are often opportunities.
Many entrepreneurs have used the pandemic as a chance to rebrand, pivot, and activate new ideas for these new and unusual times.
For Auckland entrepreneur Wayne Bowater, the pandemic presented him with an opportunity to launch a new brand to meet a new need.
Bowater is the managing director of McKenzie Group, a global distributor of quality health and wellness products sourced in New Zealand, and Mckenzie Distribution for its New Zealand distribution requirements. Recognizing a spike in at-home fitness due to the pandemic, he launched Inka Bands™ to introduce stylish and fashionable wrist weights and ankle weights for fitness enthusiasts in New Zealand and Australia.
“Though many entrepreneurs have taken a big hit during the pandemic, some of us have tried to stay alive by looking for new opportunities during the coronavirus lockdown,” Bowater said. “With so many people now working out at home, I came up with a fun new idea to power their workouts with great-looking hands-free weights to go along with their great-looking workout gear.”
The name INKA is a nod to a slang term referring to “the best friend you could ever ask for.” Inka Bands offer a comfortable way to add resistance to a home workout with attractive wrist and ankle weights manufactured from the highest quality fitness materials. Every Inka Band is waterproof. They come in a range of contemporary colours.
“Whether exercising along with a virtual workout at home, running, biking, hiking, rehab, yoga outdoors, or heading back to the gym for a Pilates session, we’ve got you covered with Inka Bands,” Bowater said. “Our beautiful weighted bands are perfect for boosting the muscle-building and fat-burning power of any workout. Best of all, you can wear them down to the cafe afterwards due to their stylish design sensibility.”
Learn more about Inka Bands and shop online at https://inkabands.co.nz.
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- : Wayne Bowater
- : Director
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- : 094485830
- : https://inkabands.co.nz
Top Seven Finalists Through to Innovate
- : The Factory
- : 07/10/2020
Over the course of the past two nights, 15 of Innovate’s mentors, including four finalists from previous years, listened to 20 semi-finalists pitch their ideas, hoping to gain access into the rigorous Innovate programme.
In its ninth year, Innovate is a staple of the Manawatu entrepreneurial eco-system. What started out as a “Dragon’s Den” competition in 2011, has turned into a process that not only builds business, but more importantly, builds people.
“We’ve had over 1,700 entries in nine years and Innovate has helped shape business and people during its time. Each year we’re hopeful of finding those that are stuck or have a novel idea and need a bit of guidance to push forward, and each year we are elated at the quality that continues to come in,” says Nick Gain, General Manager of The Factory.
“This year was no different. 61 entries competed for five spots and the quality forced the mentors to select seven and if I’m honest, there were many more that could have made it.”
The programme for the finalists begins Thursday night where they will be guided through a structured process that not only will help them validate and build their business but also connect them into a mentor pool of talent that spans New Zealand and the globe.
“We’re humbled to have business leaders, thought provokers, Innovate alumni and others that understand the power of foundational entrepreneurship put their hand up each year to help. It was incredible to see four of our Innovate Alumni in our mentor room this year, helping select the next round of entrepreneurs and then ask to mentor them using the knowledge they learned through their Innovate journey,” says Dave Craig, CEO of The Factory.
Chelsea Hirst, Innovate winner in 2016, was one of this year’s mentors tasked with selecting the finalists for the programme. “I received amazing support from Innovate with starting my business and I’m excited to give back by supporting this year’s finalists on their own Innovate journeys!”
Over the next 8 weeks, the seven finalists will meet each week at The Factory in Palmerston North and dive into building their idea into a validated business. Each finalist will be paired with mentors as well as have access to the full mentor pool The Factory has built over the past 12 years, which includes national and international presence.
Using lean methodologies, finalists will learn about intellectual property and protection, cash flow and budgeting, validation but most importantly, what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. This all cumulates into a pitch night happening on the 26th of November in Palmerston North, traditionally a sold-out dinner, where each will have an opportunity to present their validated idea to local Manawatu business leaders, angel investors and others that support entrepreneurialism in the region.
Mike Saywell and Dr. John Kirkland
Mike and Dr. John have discovered six levers that that will allow people to improve thinking and learning and to unpack content. They have designed a set of increasingly complex levers that learners may use for prying into content, called The Six Learning Levers.
Dieter is hoping to help those with stomas. A stoma is an opening on the abdomen that can be connected to either your digestive or urinary system to allow waste to be diverted out of your body, traditionally into a stoma bag. These bags are prone to leaking when they become full. The wearer of the stoma is not always aware that the bag is full causing sleepless nights, embarrassment and frustration. Dieter wants to build a device that can be attached to the bag that will alert the wearer that the bag has reached capacity.
Toni Grace and Iain Lees-Galloway
Toni and Iain are working on Here’s Good, a social enterprise that plans to independently measure the activities of participating businesses and give them a score that quickly tells consumers how much they are investing in social impact; and then develop that into a software platform delivered through an app.
Jeanette has created freeze-dried baby food powders containing only vegetables (e.g. broccoli, spinach, beetroot, kūmara, green bean, potato, pumpkin). The sachets are travel/storage friendly with a long shelf-life. With the simple addition of water (or breastmilk), the powders rehydrate to smooth baby purées. The freeze-dried method retains the nutrients and is cost-effective, enabling a competitive price but at a high profit margin.
Barbara has built an online supported programme called Event Ready Bodies to help bridge the knowledge gap for sports event participants about long term physical development. The programme doesn’t replace the coach or personal trainer, rather supports the individual to structure their training activities so they are injury-free, functional and experience continued physical improvement (even as they age.)
Farmers have been putting information into recording software for years, but no one has created a way to get value out of that data. Emma will use her qualifications as a farm environment planner and greenhouse gas advisor, and her experience in user based design and farmer training to create a modular farm plan system that mines that data to create low cost, high quality compliance plans.
Ian’s created an urban focused electric motorcycle for Gen X / Y / Z. His main focus is on design, trying to outdate the small, ugly and sometimes smoky bikes. The motorbike has a 2kw electric motor and is designed for urban/town/city use. The bike has been in development for almost 2 years, the 1st prototype is complete (which we saw) and looks a treat!
- : Nick Gain
- : General Manager
- : firstname.lastname@example.org
- : 063533100
- : https://www.innovate.kiwi