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Entries Tagged as 'Australia Post'

Parcel services crowding

August 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Sendle is another parcel service disrupting traditional parcel services. It was outlined in a report in The Age yesterday. Newsagents in the parcel space need to be aware of the competition, especially competition that disrupts tradition. 1 likes

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Researching parcel trends

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

In addition to the Australia Post partnership with 7-Eleven offering parcel pickup lockers and Mailman, the parcel pickup lockers within Officeworks, newsagents looking into this ought to research Amazon Prime as they offer (in the US) a similar parcel pickup service. I met with someone from Amazon recently who said the consumer interest in the […]

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3AW airs Westpac story

July 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Melbourne radio station 3AW today apparently covered the story of Westpac withdrawing from newsagencies to Australia Post. I did not hear it myself. Some colleagues called me about it. I can’t find any reference to it online. While I understand the Westpac decision, how they are going about it disappointing and not in a manner […]

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Would you purchase a corporate Australia Post outlet?

June 27th, 2015 · 4 Comments

With the news yesterday of redundancies at Australia Post and the talk of corporate store closures, I’d be interested to know your thoughts on purchasing a government owned Australia Post retail outlet and merging this with your newsagency. A few years back when I had one directly opposite me at Forest Hill in Victoria and […]

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Watching Australia Post

June 19th, 2015 · No Comments

I urge newsagents to read the excellent John Durie article in the deal lift-out in The Australian today. Also read the accompanying piece by Glenda Korporaal. Both articles speak to challenges we face in our businesses, challenges being faced by Australia Post too. There is an optimist underpinning the Australia Post story. What Australia Post […]

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Australia Post taking a supermarket approach to self service

May 16th, 2015 · 8 Comments

A government owned Australia Post outlet I see regularly has someone now next to their self-serve units to help take more customers through these than at the counter. Is this is a concerted education campaign to get more shoppers using the self-serve units? In recent visits I have noticed the line for the human counter is shorter […]

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Westpac to quit small business agency outlets for Australia Post

April 21st, 2015 · 17 Comments

Small business newsagents and other retailers operating a Westpac banking agency within in their retail business heard in a phone hookup with Westpac yesterday that they are to lose their agency business. Westpac has contracted with Australia Post to take over local Westpac agency operations. This is a blow to these locally owned newsagencies and […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation

Japan Post / Australia Post game on

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments

With the Treasurer announcing his approval yesterday for the take over of Toll Holdings by Japan Post, he has set the stage for intensified pressure on government owned Australia Post. While much of the pressure will be felt at the delivery end of the Australia Post business, there could be implications for the retail side […]

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Caravaners speak out about Australia Post

March 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Click here to read what caravaners think about Australia Post and recent changes by the organisation. The forum posts are an insight into what everyday Australians think abut this iconic government-owner business. I am linking to it here as many newsagents operate LPOs. 0 likes

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Australia Post CEO talks up sending Christmas cards

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Click here to hear the terrific interview between 3AW’s Neil Mitchell and Australia Posts’s CEO Ahmed Fahour in which Fahour talks up sending Christmas cards and talks down sending Christmas greetings by email. He also notes that postage for Christmas cards is frozen at 65 cents. Christmas cards are important to our channel. They generate traffic […]

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Good Australia Post analysis worth reading

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

The Mandarin has published a good piece by David Donaldson on Australia Post and the call from its CEO for change. I say it’s good as it sticks to the facts and does not engage in the shrill of some of the mainstream media reports over the last week. Australia Post is dealing with extraordinary disruption and […]

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Challenges for Australia Post in Japan Post bid for Toll

February 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The A$6.5B takeover bid for Toll by Japan Post could spell challenges for Australia Post if it proceeds. It would almost certainly inject stronger competition into parcel services and express post services, important parts of the Australia Post model. I expect it would also lead discussion on privatising Australia Post or at least parts of Australia […]

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7-Eleven Australia Post lockers challenge newsagents on parcels

January 27th, 2015 · 7 Comments

I got my first look at Australia Post package pickup lockers a few days ago – at a 7-Eleven store. Located at the front of the business, facing the fuel pumps and the street, the lockers are noticeable. The branding achieved by Australia Post in a 7-Eleven location is extraordinary. The apparent strong partnership between […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Optimism

Australia Post offers timely help to licenced post offices

December 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Here is a media release from Australia Post yesterday in which Australia Post makes statements of unequivocal support for its small business licenced postal network. Other newsagent suppliers could take note – Tatts, state transport offices and similar agency product suppliers. Well done Australia Post. 15 December 2014 Australia Post announces further support for Licensed Post […]

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Australia Post trades off government protection

November 4th, 2014 · 73 Comments

While other retailers in shopping malls are required to open Public Holidays, Australia Post corporate stores are not. Today, Melbourne Cup Day, Australia Post avoids the crazy penalty rates while retailers competing with them are hit by the cost. This situation is a benefit available to Australia Post solely because of their protected status as […]

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Finance Minister makes case for selling government owned Australia Post retail outlets

October 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

At his press conference on Sunday announcing the privatisation of Medicare, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann made the case for privatising the government owned and protected Australia Post retail outlets. There is absolutely no good reason for the Federal Government to own a private health insurance business today. Medibank Private is a commercial business, operating in […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Competition · Ethics · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

For Arts Sake cards at 50% off at Australia Post

September 25th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Australia Post has For Arts Sake cards at 50% off up until October. The offer excludes Christmas cards and Father’s Day cards when they had them out. I am not sure who is funding this discount. regardless, it is disappointing that government owned and protected retail businesses are so aggressively taking sales from small business […]

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Australia Post shows why we’d be wasting money on over the counter bill payment

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Australia Post has been doing more clever stuff as it recasts its business with a stronger digital focus. The latest announcement – about its digital mailbox – further demonstrates why newsagents who want an over the counter bill payment solution for the channel are out of date in their thinking. That ship sailed years ago […]

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Tags: Australia Post · Bill Payment · Competition · Newsagency challenges · newsagency of the future

Australia Post Licenced Post Office Agreements run for 20 years?

September 6th, 2014 · 4 Comments

I was surprised to read reports this week that Australia Post Licenced Post Office agreements run for 20 years with little opportunity to exit the agreement. The ABC had this story yesterday. Given the considerable challenges being faced by Australia Post and that small business LPOs shoulder costs of many of those challenges, the length […]

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Australia Post focused on online

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

The message in Australia Post retail outlets through to their vehicles is that the government owned organisation is focused on online. Their leveraging of their retail and vehicle network provides them a low-cost platform from which to pitch for business and compete with other players in this parcel space. 0 likes

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Australia Post supports newsagents

July 18th, 2014 · 36 Comments

Australia Post supported newsagents in a Tweet last night. Just their mentioning us in this tweet put us in front of their 16,800 Twitter followers. yes, they mentioned Officeworks in the same tweet. No matter, newsagents were mentioned and Australia Post did not have to do that. 5 likes

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Australia Post opens a conversation about its future

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Newsagents, especially those with LPOs, ought to read the announcement from Australia Post last week about terms, services and other major developments. Australia Post has moved to strengthen its vital regional and rural store network by announcing a package of initiatives that includes increased payments to post office operators and wider access to point-of-sale technology […]

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Why I don’t feel sorry for Australia Post

May 14th, 2014 · 7 Comments

I am surprised at the easy run journalists and news outlets have given Australia Post over the last few days, reporting on the decline in the use of letter mail, that AP will open Saturdays and that the organisation faces challenges that if not met could require financial support from government. The decline in mail is not […]

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Supermarket giant Tesco at odds with postal workers union in Ireland

May 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments

A deal between AN Post and supermarket giant Tesco to place postal points in supermarkets will harm post offices according to a report published by Independent.ie. This is another most by a postal service pushing their traditional services into mass retail and thereby challenging the postal service model. The Tesco involvement will have the Australian […]

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What’s in the National Commission of Audit report for newsagents?

May 1st, 2014 · 3 Comments

The National Commission of Audit report was released in Canberra today and like any special interest group I expect newsagents to be asking what’s in this for us, how will we be affected. It’s the call for flu privatisation of Australia Post that plays closest to our backyard. While I am all for a privatised […]

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