Specsavers has reported continued strong growth in annual sales, with Australian sales for 2014/15 totalling AU$708 million up 12.4 per cent from $630 million in 2013/14.
Annual sales from Specsavers franchises in New Zealand totalled $106 million up 18 per cent from $90 million the previous year. This was the first time that NZ franchises achieved more than $100 million in annual sales. Average annual sales per store in New Zealand were $2.04 million and $2.35 million in Australia.
The achievements were announced at the organisation’s annual ‘Awards for Excellence’ dinner in Melbourne on Sunday 8 March which was attended by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins and 600 Specsavers franchise partners.
Specsavers marketshare reportedly remained on par when compared to last year at 35 per cent plus total customer numbers in Australia and 40 per cent plus in New Zealand.
Specsavers marketshare reportedly remained relatively stable when compared to last year at 35 per cent…
Collectively the franchisees performed more than three million eye tests and dispensed 3.8 million pairs of glasses across the two countries. A significant milestone was the 15 millionth pair of glasses, dispatched from Port Melbourne to Specsavers Auckland CBD in January 2015. Specsavers Australia and New Zealand CEO, Paul Fussey, presented a second copy of the 15 millionth pair of glasses to brand ambassador Alex Perry in recognition of his personal contribution to the organisation – more than one million Alex Perry frames have now been sold to Specsavers’ customers.
Awards for Excellence
Dame Mary Perkins spoke to attendees at the dinner, congratulating them on their achievements and acknowledging that Specsavers in Australia and New Zealand was in many regards leading the way. She said, “some of the stuff that’s come out today I’m going to take back to the UK… the UK has been going since 1984 but they’re beginning to follow some of the things the Australians and New Zealanders are doing… we do learn a lot from the countries we are in – and you certainly have led the way.”
Dame Mary Perkins said the Australian and New Zealand stores had “lived the vision and values every day” and… “done it really, really well”.
The award for Australian store of the year went to Specsavers Strathpine in Queensland and Specsavers Riccarton Westfield in Christchurch was named the New Zealand store of the Year. In Australia, overall excellence awards were presented to Specsavers Burnie Tasmania (small); Woy Woy New South Wales (medium) and Strathpine Queensland (large). In New Zealand overall excellence awards were presented to Whakatane (small); Masterton (medium) and Riccarton Westfield (large).
Awards for Excellence were presented to Specavers Perth Terrace Western Australia (Excellence in customer service); Specsavers Hornsby North New South Wales (Professional Excellence); Specsavers Geraldton Western Australia (Excellence in team Culture); and Specsavers Hornby New Zealand (Excellence in the Community).