Industry backs furniture export crackdown
New Zealand’s leading furniture retailer, JCB, said the crackdown is about creating jobs and protecting retailers from unfair competition.
RNZ’s Jon Kelly reports.
New Zealand’s largest furniture retailer, JCB, says the crackdown is about creating jobs and protecting retailers from unfair competition.
In what may be seen as a sign of industry solidarity with JCB, RNZ revealed last week that an overseas-based furniture retailer had stopped selling its furniture to Australia.
That’s because the company said Australian authorities refused to sell the product to JCB, which supplies many brands of modern furniture.
JC부천출장안마B chief executive Bill Mitchell says they’ve had trouble sourcing enough Australian furniture to meet supply needs.
“I think this is an opportunity for us. It’s about creating jobs and protecting jobs in the industry – there’s a big part of the Australian consumer that comes into the stores at 6am,” Mitchell told Morning Report.
In October, one of his suppliers, the French giant Lafarge, stopped selling products made by JCB, because of the crackdown.
Mitchell says the company is willing to provide products made by other companies, but they’re not going to get a discount because they’re not made in Australia.
“So that’s what the focus has been on. The focus now is not just on the products – they are going to be able to produce and sell m포커ore of our products in Australia as well.”
JCB CEO, Bill Mitchell says the focus has been on creating jobs
“So when I spoke with these suppliers earlier this year… they were quite excited because they know that the competition has been strong over the past couple of years and, in Australia, there’s now a lot less competition,” he said.
In the wake of the investigation, Mitchell says JCB is introducing its own safety guidelines and has increased the number of staff it employs to avoid incidents.
JCB, which sells about 250 million pieces of furniture a year, is a global furniture brand.
A spokesperson from JCB said the company did not co오바마 카지노mment on ongoing legal matters in Australia but declined to comment on the impact of the crackdown.