HW Richardson Group case study


HW Richardson Group cut costs by using Emap.

H W Richardson Group has been part of Southland's landscape for almost a century. With origins in the building industry, the group has grown to include more than 30 companies in the fields of transport, concrete, petroleum and roading, and more than 1,000 employees in 70 locations throughout the country.



Managing the organisation's extensive property portfolio, from concrete plants, quarries and fuel distribution centres to transport depots, warehouses and even a museum is a challenging and costly enterprise.

Group Property Manager Kevin Taylor is responsible for all properties owned by H W Richardson Group, including the development of existing sites and the procurement of new ones. Mr Taylor says in the past, identifying and assessing smart opportunities for property investment often involved a small army of consultants.

"We had to talk to valuers, surveyors, lawyers, the list goes on. By the time you had all the facts and figures, the bill for consultants could really add up.

"And then you had the council bureaucracy to deal with, which could suck up a lot of time and energy," says Mr Taylor.

"We can now get on with our core business. Using Emap means we spend less time dealing with outside suppliers and more time growing H W Richardson."

Kevin Taylor

Group Property Manager

H R Richardson



Bringing the expertise in-house Using new location intelligence software developed in New Zealand has radically simplified the task H W Richardson face. In just a few months, the company has saved thousands of dollars in consultant's fees and travel costs, as well as hundreds of hours spent filing paperwork with regional authorities.

"We knew there had to be a better way. What we needed was GIS, but like the vast majority of Kiwi businesses we didn't have the resources to hire in-house GIS specialists. Using location intelligence wasn't a realistic option for us until we trialled Emap."

Developed by Wellington technology firm CoreLogic International as a tool to boost productivity, Emap lets businesses of any size and scale benefit from location intelligence at a fraction of the traditional cost.

With Emap, Mr Taylor can undertake research into investment opportunities without having to engage the services of external professionals from the outset. Up-to-date aerial photography provides him with a detailed perspective of the properties, as well as nearby roads and points of interest. Detailed legal information is accessible in seconds, rather than days or weeks.

"Previously I would have had to call the local authority, make an appointment to visit and access the information, so right away there's a layer of bureaucracy I no longer have to deal with," says Mr Taylor.



Mr Taylor says Emap saves him considerable time when researching and assessing investment properties. Mr Taylor also says Emap has paid for itself by saving the company costs in consultancy fees as well as costs associated with travelling.

"Not only is it saving us time, it's also saving us money in paying consultants. I reckon it's already saved me a grand in airfares alone," Mr Taylor says.