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Our New Website Is Live


Welcome to our redesigned, reconfigured and remarkable new website! This is the culmination of a lot of work from our internal team and partners and we're pretty proud of it. Menus and product pages have been simplified for ease of browsing and we've expanded the Storepro Solutions tale in the Our Story section. You'll find it easier to navigate through our Services as well so please have a look around and let us know what you think in the comments or through the Contact page.

Storepro Awards Night 2018

"Another fantastic year with an amazing team"

We held our annual Storepro Team Awards and Midwinter function last Friday night in the beautiful rooms of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Auckland's waterfront.
Managing Director Aaron hosted the formalities, doling out anecdotes and laughs along with the peer-nominated awards that celebrated our values and spoofed our mistakes. A great evening was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to our award winners!

 

Nice Guy or Gal Award

 

Winner – Gerard Boesley

 

Runners Up – Rebecca Hewitt and Stan Sami

Get it Right Award

 

Winner – Stan Sami

Runners Up – Anna Half, Angela Walker and Keith Tucker


The Ron Payne Award for Excellence

 

Winner – Teanau Henry


Runners Up – Cheryl Guile and Marc Padman


Commitment Award

 

Winner – Angela Walker


Runners Up – Brock Sengers and Jason Young

 

Team Player of the Year Award

 

Winner – Gino Casciaro


Runners Up – Teanau Henry and Eden Boyd

 

Installer of the Year Award

 

Winners – Kim Carpenter and Jason Young


Runners Up – Jeremiah Crawford and Tyrone Reid


Wooden Spoon Award

 

Winner – Gary Fitzpatrick

 

Runners Up – Brock Sengers and Gino Casciaro

 

Houdini Award

 

Winner – Gino Casciaro


Runners Up – Gary Fitzpatrick and Ian Baker

 

Long Service Award

Krez Yates


 

Job Vacancy: Sales Superstar

Storepro is a kiwi company that has been around since 2004 and are at the top of our game. As New Zealand’s leading storage solutions company we provide racking and shelving from design to installation with passion and have a good time doing it. Based in Penrose, Auckland with branches and distributors throughout New Zealand we are looking for a sales superstar to join our team, be successful, grow your own area and future.

If you love getting out of bed in the morning and meeting people, and are not afraid of the phone then you could be the one! You will love targets (and getting paid for hitting them), be organised and relish sealing the deal.

We don’t expect industry knowledge, but you must be able to read a tape measure and get excited about going into a warehouse, as this is where the rubber meets the road! So, if you scrub up well, enjoy working hard and getting well paid for it, show us how good you are by emailing your dets through ASAP.

This role is salary based with an achievable uncapped monthly commission plan, together with a company vehicle and the usual tools of trade. Oh, and as there is some traveling you will need a full driving license and be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

Email people@storepro.co.nz for more information or to apply - please include a covering letter telling us why you think you are great and a CV to prove it.

Storepro is New Zealand’s largest privately owned pallet racking supplier, offering an extensive range of commercial racking and warehouse shelving systems. www.storepro.co.nz

ERP Go-Live: June 1st

On Friday 1st June, Storepro will change over to a new ERP system, Netsuite, which will provide significant improvements to the way we operate across all our business departments.

We’ve done lots of testing and are confident that Netsuite will deliver better financial, supply chain and customer relationship management. All of which means a better experience for our customers.

While we’re taking every possible measure to ensure a smooth transition on go-live day, it’s possible that orders may take a little longer to process over the next few days.

Please bear with us during this time and don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any concerns.

Storepro Fishing Charter

On Thursday 3rd May, we had a great day out on the water with some of our customers. The fishing was on point, and so was the weather and the company!

The Comprehensive Guide to Racking Compliance

Compliance is clearly on a lot of business’s minds. Our last blog, Compliance 101, generated a lot of interest, and sparked some interesting conversations.

Quick re-cap

Compliance is a complex process to understand. It takes into consideration a wide range of factors, including what you are storing, where you are located, who occupies the building next door, how many people work in your office and how you operate.

It’s the responsibility of the building landlord to obtain consent, or to provide the tenant with a letter of authorisation for the installation of the racking. You need to plan early too because it takes around 10 – 12 weeks for consent to be granted.

What’s involved?

You’ll need to complete an application for consent from your local council. They’ll expect you to provide them with all the supporting documents, including a certificate of title, site plan and signed letter of approval from the landlord. You’ll also need to provide comprehensive drawings which detail the racking layout, elevations, loadings and bracing requirements – don’t worry, Storepro will provide you with these.

Producer statements

In most cases, the council will rely on a series of producer statements to ensure your racking complies with NZ building codes.

“A producer statement is a professional opinion based on sound judgment and specialist expertise. It is not a product warranty or guarantee of compliance….

They are used as one source of information which the council may rely upon to determine whether there are reasonable grounds to conclude that the work complies with the Building Code.” 

www.building.govt.nz

The producer statements need to be completed at various stages through the project’s lifecycle and are signed off by a range of professionals. Here’s a brief outline of each producer statement:

PS 1

A PS1 covers the design stage of the project. Once Storepro has completed the design for your racking, one of our independent registered engineers will conduct a detailed evaluation to ensure it complies with NZ building codes. They’ll take into consideration a range of factors, like building conditions (including the concrete foundation to ensure it’s capable of holding the proposed loads), seismic and static load requirements, soil class, and site zoning.

The requirements for your racking are specified throughout a range of standards:

  • The Building Act 2004 & Building Amendment Act 2005
  • AS 4084- 2012
  • AS / NZS 1170:2002 Structural Design Actions. Part 5: Earthquake actions
  • BRANZ updated guide 2011 for High Level Storage Systems

PS 2

A PS2 takes place during the design stage too, but it’s apeer review of the PS1 by another registered engineer. You’ll only need a PS2 for some installations – your local council will advise you if you need it – but as a general guide, it’s required for anything over 4m high or that’s considered high risk.

PS 3

Following the installation of your racking, Storepro will complete a PS3. Its purpose is to ensure the racking has been installed as per the design and confirms the standards of the PS1 have been met.

PS 4

The final stage is a PS4, which is an onsite review of the installation by the same independent registered engineer who completed the PS1. They’ll check the racking installation and confirm the project has been completed in accordance with the PS1.

Other reports

You may also be required to support your application with:

  • A fire report to determine sprinkler requirements, flue spaces, egress paths, and access to water for the fire department
  • An emergency lighting report
  • A slab report to ensure it can handle the loads specified on the PS1
  • A building warrant of fitness

We also recommend that you purchase a property file which will include existing reports for your building.

Code of Compliance Certificate (CCC)

Within a maximum of 12 months of receiving your Building Consent, you’ll need to apply to the council to obtain your Code of Compliance Certificate. Make sure you provide all required documentation with your CCC application – including your producer statements and any additional documents the council has requested – to ensure it’s processed efficiently.

We make it easy

At Storepro, it’s our business to understand your business, AND all the ins and outs of compliance.

We’ve been designing, installing, auditing and repairing pallet racking since we started back in 2004. For many members of our team, their experience in the industry dates back well before this.

If you choose to work with Storepro, our in-house design and INDEPENDENT engineering teams make it easy for you to ensure standards are met, without compromising on your business goals.

Contact our team to get started

Compliance 101

It’s not the most exciting subject – in fact, for many New Zealand companies it can be a real headache. But it’s a necessity, and for good reason.

Why it’s so important

Following the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/ 2011, NZ realised the importance of ensuring their racking systems were designed to withstand seismic activity. As a result, legislation got tougher and we all had to up our game. Suddenly everyone became a racking expert…or did they????

There’s no doubt this can be cumbersome and costly for NZ businesses. The importance is undeniable though. We need to make sure our people get home safely, everyday.

What’s involved

The compliance of your racking system will depend on a huge range of factors, including what you are storing, where you are located, who occupies the building next door, how many people work in your office and how you operate.

It is a process that takes into account fire, emergency lighting, floor slabs, seismic requirements and producer statements. There is no one single code in NZ that covers racking either.

Confused? That’s ok, you’re not alone.

(P.S. Tune in for our next blog when we’ll share more info on the technical aspects of compliance)

Whose responsibility is it?

In short, it’s yours. As the owner or landlord of a building it’s your responsibility to ensure you obtain a building consent for the installation of your racking system.

If you decide to proceed with installation prior to obtaining consent, the liability sits with you.

But I am only a tenant??? You’re not off the hook. You’ll still need a letter of authorisation from the building owner approving the installation of a racking system in the building.

You’ll need to plan early too because the process takes approximately 10 – 12 weeks before consent is granted.

It’s a tricky thing

Ensuring your pallet racking meets all NZ standards can be tricky. There are a lot of things to consider and a number of codes that need to be followed, but there’s more to it than that.

It’s one thing to have a compliant racking system, but it also needs to meet your needs.

Whether you require increased capacity, better workflow, efficiency, or a combination of all, the ideal racking system will tick all your boxes. And the government’s too.

Then there’s the ongoing audits and maintenance which will ensure you retain the safety of your solution into the future.

Your business, our expertise

At Storepro, it’s our business to understand your business, AND all the ins and outs of compliance.

We’ve been designing, installing, auditing and repairing pallet racking since we started back in 2004. For many members of our team, their experience in the industry dates back well before this.

If you choose to work with Storepro, our in-house design and INDEPENDENT engineering teams make it easy for you to ensure standards are met, without compromising on your business goals.

(Don’t forget, we’ll share some of this expertise in our upcoming blog which will detail more of the technical aspects of compliance)

A case in point

We’ve worked with thousands of clients to deliver the most efficient, effective and compliant solutions.

Our design and installation at Chemfreight is a great example of a solution where we were able to maximise storage capacity, even with demanding safety restraints.

View the case study here.

Handy resources

Or just call us: 0800 RACK UP, or email: info@storepro.co.nz

 

See you back here next time for part 2...

Running the Auckland Marathon for the Cancer Society

Our inspirational Projects Manager, Christy Knappe, is running the Auckland Marathon on behalf of the Cancer Society, and is aiming to raise $1,500 for the cause.

Christy turned to running after being first diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago.

“Running gave me something back that no one else could – it was about self-esteem, feeling free and pushing my body to its limits while fighting the nasty side effects of chemo and radiation,” she says.

Christy is now in remission and is helping her partner carry on the dream of his late wife Tammy – the first organic hair salon in New Zealand, which she opened in 2013.

“The salon is a haven for everyone who is or has gone through medical treatments (especially cancer), a place where people understand about hair-loss and regrowth and where chemicals have no space.

“Tammy lost her battle with cancer in 2015 and ever since then the salon has a strong relationship with the Cancer Society,” says Christy.

Help Christy make a difference. Donate here: Everyday Hero

Supporting the SPCA Cupcake Day

On Monday 14th, Storepro took part in the annual SPCA cupcake day. Thanks to the support of the team, the lunchroom was filled with beautiful cupcakes and treats and we managed to raise $240 for the cause.

You can help us make a difference too. Simply go to our Go Fundraise page to donate:

https://spcacupcakeday.gofundraise.co.nz/page/LaurieWilson2

Q & A session with Aaron Young

He’s been described as having a “youthful appearance that belies an immense entrepreneurial drive,” but what’s behind our Director’s success, and what lessons can he share with us all?

In this real and uncut Q&A session with Storepro’s founder and Managing Director, Aaron Young, we find out about Storepro’s success, his vision for the company, and life outside of Storepro. 

 

Q. Can you provide some financial information about Storepro's growth? 

A. In terms of growth, 18% revenue this year from last year, and the previous year 15% growth - so pretty significant every year.

Q. Tell me about your background. Have you always worked in storage? What did you learn/what skills did you take away from other jobs?

A. I’m University qualified in Politics and Marketing from Waikato, this led to marketing for Ferrari NZ at the time, which led to Sime Darby Automobiles.

I then went overseas to Europe for 2.5 years where I ended up doing some recruitment, so came back to NZ and set up an industrial recruitment unit for an American firm, Kelly Services. This followed with Capital Racking (Now Dexion NZ and our biggest competitor) as a rep, quickly moving to Sales Manager within 6 months.

I learnt a huge amount there – I reported directly to the owner and led the company to some huge growth. 7 years later in 2004 I set up Storepro.

Q. Did you have a light bulb moment - what spurred you to start your own company?

A. Customer satisfaction and bringing the industry out of the “blue collar”, flogging steel to actually providing the customer with a solution and idea as opposed to just a steel product. The company was built around the customer. I always wanted to do my own thing and always thought I would, I never realised how tough and rewarding it could be all at the same time.

Q. Starting a company can be challenging. What did you learn? Is there anything you would do over given a second chance?

A. Heaps, I’m still learning! Would change a few things but nothing major.

I turned down the opportunity of a $1m deal very early on (knew how to say no) as I thought no matter how strong my relationship is with this customer, if I let them down in any way that would be it. I said ‘love to but no thanks’. If I was younger, braver and possibly stupid I would have said yes! And you’re a hero, but one mistake and you’re a zero. 3 months into a new business I was not prepared to take that bigger risk.

Q. What is a highlight of the first few years?

A. Steady growth, the phone ringing (really was a buzz), customers telling me how good a job we were doing, a happy team, and confidence that I did know what I was doing! I can still remember the very first deal Storepro ever did, collecting the cheque; the first deal we did at over $50k; unloading containers and picking orders at 10pm.

Q. What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?

A. Wow a lot, but no sacrifice for hard work. Remember revenue is vanity and profit is sanity. And I would always say give it a go, but don’t go in half hearted. Throw everything at it and you will succeed. I sold my house to fund the first years of the business, I took a pay cut, I drove lesser cars etc so don’t be greedy. And don’t shy away from making a tough decision as they only get tougher as you grow and the buck stops with you so a decision is needed.

Q. You've grown significantly in the last few years. What has driven this? How has the growth changed your business (or kept it the same)?

A. Every year we’ve grown bar none. The market has been strong but we’ve also had the GFC. Today market activity is stronger than ever and we have a shortage of land, new buildings and demand in the industrial market is very close to supply.

Growth has affected the business like any other – with growth comes more process, policy, people and therefore difficulties. It’s much harder to run now, much harder to keep the team as one big family and harder to keep everyone on the same page all of the time but that’s the challenge.

With growth comes opportunity – we have done work in Australia and the islands – another one just completed in Fiji.

Q. How does Storepro stand out from other companies that provide warehouse storage solutions?

A. NZ owned and run, personal honest service level, our own employed installation team, audit and repair team, in house designers, experience – between 5 senior staff we have 100 years combined. Now with a team of 45 NZ wide plus contractors we are large enough to do any job but small enough to care.

We also have the largest stock holding in NZ.

Q. What is key to good customer service?

A. The customer coming back and telling his or her friends or associates. Quite simply deliver what you say you will. No one expects more than that, but if you deliver less then you are not providing good customer service.

Q. What sort of companies do you work with?

A. All with a warehouse or factory in simple terms, but of late a lot more in the food / grocery sector as well as freight and logistics companies. We’ve also done a lot within the automotive and construction sector. Basically we do the work behind the scenes, the back door, not the store front as such.

Q. What are some of the problems that Storepro solves for its clients?

A. Space, efficiency, money from perhaps not needing to move or by gaining efficiency and throughput in their warehouse or factory; safety by ensuring only compliant tested products are sold by Storepro

Q. What advantages come with implementing storage through Storepro?

A. Supporting a NZ company who employs NZers and puts back into the economy

Q. How is storage and warehousing changing? What role is technology playing?

A. Automation, machinery, IT systems are all playing a major role in warehousing and the supply chain in general. Big changes the last few years especially in NZ

Q. What kind of business do you aim to run? What is your vision?

A. A well respected business with integrity and seen as experts in their field, a winning team that works hard and plays hard.

Q. How would you describe your leadership/work style?

A. Door’s always open. Happy to help and get involved. As we’ve grown it’s got harder! I can relate at any level and think this helps a lot in this line of work. I’m still learning to not sweat the small stuff!

Q. Are there any company HR policies that stand out? Tell me about the team?

A. Without a team we have no business. They are vital along with customers that make up a business. I’d like to say we are a Storepro family and this comes and goes a bit but the core I still believe get this and want to be a part of it. 

Q. Who do you admire and why? Do you have a mentor?

A. Earlier on my Dad for sure was my business hero but he took a very different path working for US owned businesses in Asia. I’ve met a few people on the way and a few have offered me advice and I have certainly taken it. Tim Bailey, Gary Periam, Tom Wilson to name a few – none are mentors but have all helped. I have a lot of contacts and friends who are very successful and I think you should surround yourself with likeminded and successful people to be successful.

Q. What gets you up in the morning? Gets you excited about the day ahead?

A. What gets me up in the morning? My kids!!!

Have fun, make money, but really more than that is actually solving issues as this brings more satisfaction especially now. A genuinely happy customer makes us genuinely happy. And why do I work – it’s for my kids’ future I guess. I work to live, not live to work; I’d be bored at home doing nothing, not engaging my brain!

Q. Do you have any hobbies?

A. Boating, sailing, travelling, used to do a lot of sports, now just watch them! Also on a few organisation executive boards in NZ and overseas.

Q. What would you be doing if you weren't running Storepro?

A. It was nearly very different in 2004 – I’d likely be overseas at a high level with our competitors! It was that close but I followed and chased my dream. I’d love to be involved in the marine industry if I could but being so small and specialised worldwide it’s tough.