ikeGPS, Total Supply Announce Spike Distribution Deal for New ZealandAgreement introduces Spike to the New Zealand sign and construction industries
Wellington, New Zealand-based ikeGPS announces a partnership with Total Supply to bring Spike, a smart laser measurement solution, to the New Zealand sign and digital graphics industry, following its successful penetration across the U.S. market.
Since introducing Spike to the U.S. market last year, ikeGPS has formed preferred vendor relationships with the major sign franchises as well as reselling agreements with some of the industry’s largest regional distributors. Following a similar model, ikeGPS is now replicating that success in international signage markets and is putting this relationship in place in its home country of New Zealand. The Spike product was developed and is manufactured in ikeGPS’ Wellington, New Zealand, headquarters.
“In less than a year, the U.S. sign and graphics market has embraced Spike for its money- and time-saving capabilities, and we see great potential to continue this momentum on an international level,” says Jeff Ross, chief marketing officer of ikeGPS. “We’re excited to offer this powerful solution to the New Zealand signage market.”
Total Supply is the largest sign supply reseller in New Zealand and carries some of the industry’s top brands, including 3M, Avery, EFI, Graphtec and RollsRoller. The Total Supply business was recently purchased by Spicers Limited, which operates in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Total will continue to run independently with the support of Spicers’ infrastructure and expanded product line.
With Spike, sign and digital graphics professionals can quickly capture accurate measurements of the width, height and area of signage locations from a smartphone or tablet picture. A ladder, bucket truck and tape measure are no longer required to create estimates, saving sign companies time and overhead costs on a traditionally lengthy process.
The measurements of the sign or graphic location are saved with the Spike photo and can be shared with customers, designers or production team to create job estimates and design proofs, assess installation and complete permit applications. If additional measurements are needed, users can refer to their saved Spike photos at any time to make modifications. There’s no need to return to the site for further measurements or estimations.
“We look forward to helping New Zealand sign shops completely transform their businesses to work more efficiently and at a lower cost with Spike,” says Morgan John, general manager of Total Supply. “It’s great to finally see a measurement solution that actually works for the signage market and takes the place of ladders and bucket trucks on site surveys.”
For more information on Spike, interested sign and digital graphics shops should contact Total Supply at 0800-800-668
About Total Supply
We are New Zealand’s foremost sign industry supplier committed to delivering quality, cost effective products and service. We endeavour to supply everything a sign company needs to be at the cutting edge of sign technology.
Known as Total since 2004, the business was originally incorporated in 1962 and has been serving the Graphic Art and Sign Industries throughout that time under various different entities such as Letraset NZ and Esselte NZ. In August 2004 after a successful MBO of the Sign Division of Esselte NZ, and also the purchase of Spandex NZ in 2008, the team from Total have raised the bar in what is expected from industry suppliers.
In October 2014, Total Supply was acquired by Spicers NZ part of the global Paperlinx group. Total Supply continues to operate independently utilising Spicers NZ local infrastructure and additional products to reinforce its position as the foremost sign industry supplier. Same name, same team, same service, same culture, we are Total. Our commitment is to deliver upon a policy of excellence in supply range, service and compatible component systems.