Celebrating 68 years of pioneering.

Aug 02, 2018

In 1950, Kenneth (Ken) Sale left his job at Burroughs Business Machines and started his own company. Ken’s son, Barry was more interested in selling new machines rather than just repairing existing machines. 

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The business grew as they started selling Burroughs Adding Machines and Cash Registers, but they needed more products to expand the business further. 

In 1969 Barry traveled to Japan and met with Citizen Watch company who had started making Adding Machines and Cash Registers. Citizen gave Goodson the agency to sell their products in Australia and today, over four decades on, Goodson Imports is proudly still the sole Australian agent for Citizen Business Machines. 

In February 1966 Australia changed to decimal currency and everyone wanted their accounting machines changed or replaced. In Barry’s words, “There just weren’t enough machines available. We seized the opportunity and virtually worked every waking hour converting machines from Pounds, Shillings and Pence to Dollars and Cents. This was a tremendous boost to our business.” 

In the ‘90’s, Goodson were approached by Samsung to import and sell their Cash Registers exclusively in Australia. 

New computer technology brought on continued change and in 1994 Australia Post decided to go from just selling stamps to becoming fully mechanised and introduce bill receipts and Accounting services. It became the largest retail operation in Australia’s history, and Goodson were heavily involved.

Goodson was fortunate enough to win the contract to supply all the Cash Drawers and Printers to Australia Post and this helped to build the Goodson reputation as a major supplier in Retail (POS) Point of Sale systems in the country.

In 2000, GST was introduced by John Howard and this became another golden opportunity for the business. 

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Goodson Imports is now Australia’s most experienced importer / distributor of (POS) Point of Sale Systems, Data Capture, Digital Media, Mobility and Kiosk/OEM technology and equipment. 

We have continued to import only major technology brands for the POS industry and with over 2000 Re-sellers we are the Point of Interaction for their customers, specialising in supplying them with business solutions for retail, hospitality, warehousing, manufacturing, OEM, banking, healthcare and more.

Goodson’s clients are experienced solutions providers who know they can count on Goodson for expert advice and rapid technology sourcing. 

Goodson now represents such leading brands as Citizen, Posiflex, Sam4s, Opticon, Datalogic, Koamtac, Cino and Cherry in Australia and New Zealand.

Goodson is still a family owned and operated Australian company. It is now 68 years since Ken Sale started the business and it is now being steered into the future by his grand-daughter, Susan Pace.

Susan said, “It’s a passion that is founded in family history – Goodson was started by my Grandfather, and run by my Father before me, with many staff and clients with us for the journey. I am so proud to be the 3rd generation of our family running this great business.“

Goodson recently moved into new premises in the heart of Western Sydney and closer to our logistics partners.  The new premises includes 3595 sqm of office, sales and warehouse space, a “state of the art” service centre.

It gives us the opportunity to move to a new level of excellence in representing the major brands we import, our service to our valued customers, and expand our business throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The key to Goodson’s longevity is having very loyal staff and customers who have been with us for many years.

We like to see customers happy with Goodson’s service, advice and knowledge as we keep up to date with ever changing technology and represent the best products available from around the world.