New PC concept store features kids and business zones

HOME PC enthusiasts and general business users have a local source for information on the latest developments in the fast moving PC industry with Gateway’s new technology concept store at Garden City. The new retail outlet showcases the latest in international PC and peripherals technology.

The store features specialists areas to suit individual needs. Kids Zone is an innovative playground for children where they can interact and get familiarlised with creative technology while the Business Solutions Centre offers complete computing solutions for SMEs including small network and server solutions.

The Gateway store enables customers to test drive the entire line of award-winning Gateway desktop and portable computers. There are specific areas devoted to children, business, family and power users. You can surf the Net, check your emails or play the lastest games – all in a non-pressured environment. The shopping experience is relaxed, fun and enjoyable where expert consulktanst advise to create the ultimate personalised PC configuration.

Part of an international network of ‘concept stores’, the new facility reflects the company’s trend towards establishing life long relationships with its customers and is based on a philosophy of being the first to adopt the latest technology innovations at highly competitive prices. This dedicated to providing quality advice and value for money her merited Gateway as the number one consumer PC vendor in the United States.

Since commencing operations as a two-man start-up in 1985 for a farm in Iowa, Gateway has grown to be one fo America’s 250 largest corporations with sales last year in excess of US$7.5 billion and 3.5 million PCs. The company has 19,000 employees worldwide, including 1,600 in the Asia Pacific region. The company operated in New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as Australia where the company has more than 300 staff. Purchases in the region are processed and delivered directly from gateway’s state of the art ISO 9002 manufacturing facility in Malacca, Malaysia.

Visit the web site at:

* Phone: 1800 500 732

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Employee share plan

explosion forecast: RPC’s Top 500 Report

RPC’s 2000 remuneration report reveals that the number of tax deductible deferred remuneration and incentive provided share plans has increased 400% in the past 3 years. RPC forecast the same increase will occur in the next 3 years. With this week’s released “Shared Endeavours”, the government enquiry is set to dramatically encourage employee share plans.

Best practice executive reward management is:

Flexible fixed remuneration – 33%

Short term incentives (e.g. pre-tax shares) – 33%

Long term incentives (e.g. options with hurdles) – 33%

In addition, separate chapters are dedicated to the following remuneration issues such as:

* Employee share plans and long term incentives

In summary, 155 pages of clear analysis for all chairmen, CEOs, compensation committees, directors and HR executives to ensure remuneration is competitive and ‘reasonable’ as required by both the market and the law.

If you would like to know more about this publication or RPC advice on

* Reward


* Board


* Share plan design and management.

please contact Remuneration Planning Corporation Pty Ltd Managing Director Chris Costello on (02) 9299 2812.

Powerful networking: mingle and make $$$

A VITAL skill in business is the ability to ‘work’ a room, to circulate through a gathering of people, meeting strangers, establishing an honest rapport and generating new and future business dealings.

Business functions provide some of the best business, career and social opportunities you will ever come across. Attending them can be tremendously rewarding if you know how to work a room with ease and grace.

This skill isn’t natural. It must be learned!

Networking guru Ron Gibson from Business Social Strategies presents an entertaining and immensely useful seminar “Powerful Network-ing” on how to maximise your productivity at (and after) a networking event.

Topics to help you get business include:

* Planning your presence at an event: setting objectives

* How to approach and initiate conversations with strangers

* What the best opening lines/ice breakers are

* How to improve your small talk

* The secrets of establishing immediate rapport

* Managing the conversation towards winning new business, getting leads and generating referrals

* How to join a group of strangers in conversation

* How to exit politely from conversations, so you can move on and meet the other people present

* Networking no no’s

* Expert social skills/introductions/remembering names

* Effective follow-up with new contacts

* Nurturing and maintaining your network of contacts

Phone the Enterprise Clubs of Australia on 9279 2801 for further details.

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