New Lynn, Auckland

3 days ago

Gisborne, New Zealand

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

There’s lots happening in the Gisborne, New Zealand Wine and Food scene and it’s only a 45 minute flight from Auckland!

Read the full article about impressive wineries and some delicious food!

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4 days ago

TV technician

Monique from New Windsor

My Sony TV just wouldn't turn on. Anyone knows of a technician I can get a quote from?

3 days ago

"Self-checkouts on wheels" are coming to a supermarket near you, says one of the country's largest supermarket operator.

Brian from New Lynn

High-tech trolleys with barcode scanners built into the handlebar and tablet screens displaying items and the checkout prices in real-time show a glimpse of what's to come for grocery shopping, tipped to increasingly become digital and online-based in coming years, says Foodstuffs chief … View moreHigh-tech trolleys with barcode scanners built into the handlebar and tablet screens displaying items and the checkout prices in real-time show a glimpse of what's to come for grocery shopping, tipped to increasingly become digital and online-based in coming years, says Foodstuffs chief executive Chris Quin. These trolleys, which Quin says are effectively self-checkouts on wheels, will be rolled out early next year for the first time in Foodstuffs' newest store, its Pukekohe New World supermarket in Auckland, which opened this morning. Shoppers can use the trolleys as they normally would, with the technology designed to streamline the checkout process and avoid waiting in queues. At the end of a shop a barcode will be generated which a checkout operator will scan and the payment can be made manually, or payment can be approved instantly through the supermarket's app. Quin says the supermarket operator would trial the high-tech trolleys it calls "Zoom trolleys" at the Pukekohe store, with the intention being to roll them out to its network of supermarkets next year. The intention is to replace traditional trolleys with the tech-savvy equivalent. Foodstuffs plans to start rolling the trolleys out to its 99 New World stores before rolling them out to Pak'nSave and Four Square stores."It is going to be a progressive roll out from just after the busy summer period," Quin told the Herald. "We're going to start with New World and see what we learn and make sure customers love it then we'll go from there. "We have a feeling that customers are going to want this to happen relatively quickly." The trolleys were inspired by the self-checkout experience and have been under development for 18 months. The trolleys will be able to send alerts to staff about items in customers' trolleys that need age identification, and enable staff and shoppers to communicate through the tablet, Quin said. "We'll be able to communicate with customers through the tablet screen to say 'here's something you may be interested in' or 'you've bought two but you might want three because there is a deal', interaction with the customer that doesn't happen today." He was unable to say how much Foodstuffs had invested in the technology. With time, the supermarket would establish areas for "Zoom trolley checkout", he said.
Foodstuffs built the technology
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Quin told the supermarket operator had built the technology in the trolleys itself over a period of 18 months "in a classic little dark room" in its Mt Roskill headquarters. "The first version, they were pretty horrible," he said. "They were made using 3D printers, basically prototyping. "The hardware itself that sits on the trolley is in many ways the easiest part of this ... making it work with our SAP system, which is the software we use at the core of our stores, and making it so that the customer is effectively shopping as if they were using a self-checkout being wheeled around the store - that's where the clever work has been." Foodstuffs previously had a partnership with New Zealand grocery software start-up Imagr, trialling similar technology, though focused on stored photographic images of products instead of barcode readers. "We felt that barcode reading was something very familiar and works really well and very trusted in our industry at the moment which is where we decided to start." High-tech trolleys were a glimpse of what was to come in the grocery sector, Quin said. "There's no doubt that online shopping is going to grow but I think when it comes to food, we have a personal relationship with food, and people like to choose their fresh product themselves ... I still think stores are going to be a place people are going to want to come to, to be inspired and engage with their shopping, and making that as frictionless as possible is really important." The trolleys have electronic location trackers and Quin said he did not expect the trolleys to be stolen from stores once they become widely available.
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4 days ago

Small business lending. Easy as!

Prospa

Need some extra funds to keep business humming? The team at Prospa can help with a business loan of $5K to $300K.

Staff-up. Stock-up. Build-up. With Prospa the only way is up, and your business benefits with cash flow friendly repayments over terms of 3 to 24 months.

Whatever you need, we … View more
Need some extra funds to keep business humming? The team at Prospa can help with a business loan of $5K to $300K.

Staff-up. Stock-up. Build-up. With Prospa the only way is up, and your business benefits with cash flow friendly repayments over terms of 3 to 24 months.

Whatever you need, we can help.

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4 days ago

Hear for the Holidays

Peter O'Brien Audiology

Make sure you’re hearing every part of the holiday celebrations! If you're struggling to hear the sleigh bells or your favorite whispers, it's time to visit your local hearing expert, Dr Peter O'Brien.

Gift yourself and your family your best hearing this holiday season. … View more
Make sure you’re hearing every part of the holiday celebrations! If you're struggling to hear the sleigh bells or your favorite whispers, it's time to visit your local hearing expert, Dr Peter O'Brien.

Gift yourself and your family your best hearing this holiday season. Exclusive for our neighbours, we're offering a free charger with your purchase of the latest rechargeable hearing aids.

Call today so you have your best hearing when it matters most - every time.
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4 days ago

What's On: Meditate in Titirangi

Michelle from Mount Eden

Learn how to improve the quality of your life with Buddhist wisdom, through meditation. $15 Last 2019 class. www.meditateinauckland.org......... Everyone welcome, no experience necessary
Meditate in Titirangi
  • Lopdell House
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4 days ago

What's On: Meditate in Titirangi

Michelle from Mount Eden

Learn how to improve the quality of your life with Buddhist wisdom, through meditation. $15 Every Tuesday www.meditateinauckland.org......... Everyone welcome, no experience necessary
Meditate in Titirangi
  • Lopdell House
4 days ago

NOW ON! Auckland Night Noodle Markets

The Team from Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets are NOW ON until Sunday 8th December at Auckland’s Victoria Park!

When: Today until Sunday 8 Dec
Where: Auckland’s Victoria Park
Hours: Open from 4pm - 10pm daily
(9pm close on the last night)

Cashless: Just tap or swipe… View more
The Night Noodle Markets are NOW ON until Sunday 8th December at Auckland’s Victoria Park!

When: Today until Sunday 8 Dec
Where: Auckland’s Victoria Park
Hours: Open from 4pm - 10pm daily
(9pm close on the last night)

Cashless: Just tap or swipe
Free Entry
Live Entertainment
Licenced Bar
Dogs welcome on a leash

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4 days ago

Let us care for a while

Murray Halberg Retirement Village

Respite care provides temporary care in a range of circumstances. You may need some rehabilitation after a hospital stay, or perhaps a little extra help – whether it’s for a single night or a few weeks.

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