I was interested to see the Australia Post announcement of a new digital mailbox service a couple of days ago. It’s a fascinating offer, putting into one digital storage place a range of items. So it’s more of a storage space than a mail box as such.
The Australia Post announcement comes a couple of weeks after the launch of a privately owned service: Digital Post Australia, a joint venture between Computershare, Salmat and Zumbox.
Given the digital services available I am not sure why a government owned and protected business is getting into this space. But then Australia Post has never been one for living with the rules or doing what one expects.
I will be interested to see if this push online and the announcement of the creation of superstores by Australia Post impacts on the goodwill value of LPO businesses.
From a purely commercial perspective, small businesses should be unified in lobbying all politicians for Australia Post to follow the same competition requirements of all businesses, including the removal of their government protected monopoly which gives then an unfair advantage over the private, and often small, businesses with which they compete.