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Hubbed versus Australia Post price comparison inaccurate

Mark Fletcher
March 24th, 2014 · 23 Comments

I’m told the price comparison published under the namers of Hubbed and POS Solutions to newsagents last week contains wrong pricing for Australia Post. Here is the correct pricing from an Australia Post LPO this morning:

  1. 3 kg Parcel Post satchel from Aust Post is $13.40 compared to $13.95
  2. 5kg Parcel Post satchel from Aust Post is $16.70 compared to $16.95
  3. 3kg Express satchel from Aust Post is $14.80 compared to $14.95
  4. 5kg Express post satchel from Aust Post is $23.60 compared to $23.95.
  5. You also get a discount of buying in packs of 10 from Aust Post.

This pricing came into effect two weeks ago.

UPDATE: (23:29) Another contributor here has advised that the Australia Post price above does not include a signature on receipt whereas the Hubbed price does. (You can see this in their comments).


Category: Australia Post · Hubbed

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shaun's // Mar 24, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    I can see a good old POS / TOWER war about to happen . It s been a awhile since you could go from blog to blog like a game of tennis .on a side line note I would prefer to pay a few extra cents to post through a newsagent than go to a post office any day . Like most people I hate lining up at the post office .


  • 2 Mark Fletcher // Mar 24, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Shaun no war from my end. This is about ensuring newsagents do their homework of Hubbed and ensuring up to date information is shared. I send parcels using the Australia Post kiosk. No lining up necessary.


  • 3 Shaun's // Mar 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    No kiosk here just a counter with 2 staff and a line 20 meters long ,zig zagging through magazines cards books TV sets computers,DVD players colouring books microwave ovens and so on .


  • 4 Garry // Mar 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM


    It is fun watching.


  • 5 P // Mar 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    He said they said i said its not me its them etc etc etc No war from me or them just admit it you guys just don’t like each other
    Politics – the newsagency way as long as it benefits newsagents i love a good scrap


  • 6 Bee // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    It says on the info I have that the hubbed parcel price includes a signature on receipt which i believe costs an extra $2.95 at the post office…. Hence by my calculations the Hubbed price is both correct and actually significantly cheaper. Thoughts on this Mark?


  • 7 Dean // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Any blog that has Hubbed in the heading is like watching My Kitchen Rules – full of bitching. I subscribe to this blog to get information and ideas on merchandising, increasing sales etc. and there have been many. I’m not so fond of “a good scrap”. Looking forward to the next post so long as Hubbed is not mentioned.


  • 8 Mark Fletcher // Mar 24, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Bee, I’ll defer to LPO newsagents. I don’t know.

    Dean, I’m not out for a scrap, just calling a spade a spade – as I did with Bill Express long before it collapsed.


  • 9 Bee // Mar 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    I just googled it and it is a $2.95 fee for signature on delivery. So basically this post is misinformed. Ironic that a blog encouraging people to do their homework did not do theirs before posting inaccurate information.


  • 10 Jarryd Moore // Mar 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    While $2.95 for signature on delivery is correct, it may be worth pointing out that, to my knowledge, the majority of people using the Aust post satchels do not purchase this feature. The price most likely to be compared by consumers is the base price.


  • 11 Mark Fletcher // Mar 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Sorry for letting you down Bee. As the post notes, I published what I was provided by an LPO.

    I’d also note that Hubbed can respond here at any time. They read the blog and talk about it and me. Any comment they submit will be put up without moderation – as is the policy here.


  • 12 KMc // Mar 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    As an LPO we try not to sell the 10 packs. The discount is mandated by Australia Post but it comes out of our commission. How fair is that ?


  • 13 Bee // Mar 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Jarryd this may be true but the published price comparison that is being discussed states that it is the “with signature” price. Thus the publishing a post claiming the “wrong pricing for Australia Post” is misinformation and the original post should be amended to reflect this!


  • 14 Mark Fletcher // Mar 24, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Bee I have update the post although I would say it was not really necessary given the comments effectively do this.

    I trust you are being as demanding of Hubbed and their claims.


  • 15 Garry // Mar 25, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Why is this blog supporting LPO over newsagencies who are only trying to increase their business.
    Just a thought


  • 16 DM // Mar 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Bee, I supplied Mark this information and yes it does not include a signature, which is an option at Australia Post, and as Jarryd said is rarely taken up by customers.
    This was an oversight on my behalf.


  • 17 Mark Fletcher // Mar 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Garry I’m not targeting LPOs.


  • 18 Chris // Oct 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Has anyone else received the email today from the ANF threatening us not to be left behind concerning Connect? I especially love Alf Maccioni’s quote “once again, we will be left behind”. I dont think this is the sort of quote I want to hear from the CEO of the ANF. Lots of newsagents are moving ahead but unfortunately it is not with Connect with the ANF is so keenly interested in. This shows yet again the wide gap in what the ANF does and what agents want.


  • 19 rick // Oct 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    yes i received it but have hit the delete button on it. curious as to how many have a signed up to connect. i doubt it will reach critical mass and will fade away. correct me if im wrong


  • 20 Mark Fletcher // Oct 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    This email is the best example of why newsagents should quit the ANF.


  • 21 jenny // Oct 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Also received one last week stating we have been selected to secure our territory.

    NO thanks we already have a very large home delivery business and the lotteries, my shop doesn’t need another business that will just slow down service to our other customers.

    So a huge NO to parcels and bill payment and any other services that will use a lot of labour for little dollar return and create more stress at the counter.


  • 22 Chris // Oct 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Why is the ANF pushing it? Why cant they help us where we need it, i.e. supplier issues we already have. Isn’t that their role?


  • 23 Mark Fletcher // Oct 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Chris this is the question. Initially they were an shareholder and then not. They are still extraordinarily invested in Hubbed and it seems to me that they numbers have not bee achieved.

    Three years ago the ANF identified the key things newsagents want from an association and they are yet to make progress on the top five.

    Newsagents could save a ton of money no longer supporting the association.


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