Wednesday, May 29, 2013
HarperCollins announces proposal to change NZ structure
HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand CEO, James Kellow, today announced a proposal to staff that would, if implemented, close the company’s distribution operations in New Zealand at the end of July, and switch supply of the NZ market to its warehouse facility in Moss Vale, New South Wales, Australia.
‘Over the last few years, there has been a significant rise in digital sales, mirrored by a decline in physical sales. We expect this trend to continue. As a consequence, we are proposing it may no longer be viable for us to maintain a separate distribution facility in New Zealand.
HarperCollins remains committed to publishing local books for New Zealand readers but, if adopted, the proposal would mean most support services — finance, IS, editorial, customer service, and credit control — would be maintained from the Sydney offices in the future. In addition, we propose to streamline and relocate aspects of our publishing, sales and marketing communications operations to new Auckland premises to ensure we remain competitive in the future.
We deeply regret the anxiety and concern this proposal will cause our loyal and long-serving colleagues in New Zealand, and we will be consulting closely with them over the coming 10 days to ensure we reach the fairest outcome we can. We aim to reach a final conclusion by the 12th June, when a further announcement will be made.’