Electronics giant has dropped Vodafone from its product offering, according to reports.Vodafone products are no longer on its NZ website and are currently phasing out existing stock, reports suggest.
The move comes after a disagreement between Vodafone and Dick Smith, who is thought to be the mobile giant’s biggest independent retailer, outside its own network of stores.
“We’ve been proactively trying to discuss a business model that would suit both parties for some time,” said Vodafone NZ.
However, despite the cutting of ties, Vodafone hopes it isn’t a permanent break up.
We’d still like to think that we can find a solution and work together in future,” a spokeswoman confirmed. However, the arrangement won’t have any knock on effect to the two players’ business relationship here, a Vodafone Hutchinson Australia representative told SmartHouse.
” The arrangement is in relation to New Zealand only and has no effect here,” according to the VHA spokesperson.
Speculation among industry is that other NZ carriers, Telecom and 2degrees, were able to offer the Woolworths owned electronics retailer better merchandising support and training.
There are over 50 Dick Smith stores operating in New Zealand.