Gerry Harvey mum on online strategy

Gerry Harvey mum on online strategy

Summary: Outspoken retailer Gerry Harvey won't disclose how he intends to generate $1 billion worth of turnover from his online store and daily deals site over the next decade, adding that to do so would be wasting his time.

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TOPICS: E-Commerce
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Outspoken retailer Gerry Harvey won't disclose how he intends to generate $1 billion worth of turnover from his online store and daily deals site over the next decade, adding that to do so would be wasting his time.

Gerry Harvey

Gerry Harvey (Credit: Gerry Harvey screenshot by Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)

Harvey confirmed yesterday that he's instructed his online team to turn over $100 million of revenue in the next three years with a view to earn $1 billion within a decade.

When asked by ZDNet Australia how the business would achieve the $1 billion result, Harvey said, "We'll just get there somehow or other. How I do it is my business.

"For me, running out and telling people how I do things isn't going to help me."

He said that keeping his cards close to the chest is not about keeping a competitive edge; rather, he thinks that going into his plans isn't worthwhile.

"My problem is I've got everyone and his dog ringing me to talk about f***ing online, and it never stops!

"I've got work to do and ... everyone wants to talk about f***ing online!"

Topic: E-Commerce

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  • Give that man a Bryan Brown award for eloquence.
    anonymous
  • Harvey has some cheek to complain that "everyone wants to talk about ... online!".

    He was one of the retail industry representatives who prominently pushed for protectionist policies to save Australian retailers from the fruits of their greedy ways. Till then, no one talked or listened to Harvey about online. Harvey can now reap the reward of what he sowed and I hope his hipocriticalonline venture is the flop that it deserves to be.
    aussieguy-0f1c3
  • "We'll just get there somehow or other. How I do it is my business."

    My guess is he can't tell anyone how because he has absolutely no idea.
    Steve123-b6932
  • He's got a long way to go considering the limited crap he presently has on offer on his online store, lol.
    grump3
    • Very true, grump3. I've seen better offerings in a single eBay listing.
      Treknology
  • The major retailers have had it sweet for many a decades..Now the technology they sell to the consumer, allows us to do our research and save money.
    Ztriple69
  • Isn't it easier to just say "i haven't a clue" rather than espouse all hi expletives?
    Macrat1000