Your new normal local: Ricoh Pandemic Pivot

Sitting on a bar stool surrounded by beautiful oak paneling, stained glass windows and traditional liquor advertising, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a well-established pub in Ireland. T.Oloughlin’s however is in a suburban street in Ōtautahi Christchurch – sitting in front of a swimming pool in a leafy backyard.   Measuring 4.2 […]

Carving out change: Ricoh Pandemic Pivot

What do you do when all your business instantly stops? For one Christchurch business, Moko Pounamu, it meant completely changing business models and moving from a wholesaler of beautiful greenstone and bone carvings – to a retailer.   The greenstone and bone carving specialists have supplied beautiful New Zealand keepsakes for the country’s souvenir gift […]

Helping girls thrive: Ricoh Pandemic Pivot

Teenagers – and their parents – will know the anxiety around what comes after high school. So imagine those feelings amplified by a global pandemic which means no OEs, job shortages, and disruption to tertiary education courses.   Enter Thrive for Girls, a coaching organisation designed to help girls navigate their formal education while gaining […]

Masking disruption: Ricoh Pandemic Pivot

Christchurch-based apparel maker, Cactus Outdoor, has added a new product to its repertoire: Locally made face masks which use bacteria-busting natural wool filters.   Originally developed for dust protection before Covid-19 made face masks an essential item, Cactus Outdoors have manufactured tens of thousands of the mouth and nose coverings from its Christchurch factory since […]

The Pandemic Pivot: Socially-distanced drinking

An increasingly hygiene conscious world could have been the end of Christchurch man Ian McCormick’s drinking fountain business. Instead, he invented a solution.     Now, TapWaterWells’ new contactless fountains and water bottle fillers are being installed in schools and public facilities around New Zealand. The Contactless Hydration Stations are so socially distanced, users can […]