Australia Post backflip on charging for parcel collection

Australia Post appears to have backed down on charging $9 for parcel pick-ups after public outcry against the mail delivery carrier’s profit increasing move.

Aus_Post_Logo_oldtextAustralia Post general manager of postal services Christine Corbett says a final decision will be made shortly, but the company are definitely listening to its loyal customers.

“If they don’t want it, we don’t want it,” Ms Corbett said.

The company have also responded to criticism that delivery standards are suffering, insisting they have improved this year with almost 96 percent of parcels arriving on time.

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New Zealand postie in hot water after refusing to deliver scam letters to nursing home residents

A Nelson postie who refused to deliver scam letters to a rest home has landed herself in trouble with her employer.

The mail woman, who has only been called Carolyn by her union, has avoided a formal warning but has been given a talking to following a NZ Post investigation into her decision not to deliver the mail.

The Postal Workers Union says NZ Post assumed she had opened the letters, but that she actually became aware of the particular scam after one of her colleagues received one of the letters which ask recipients to send money to claim prizes from “winning scratchies”.

After finding 20 identical envelopes in her bag, she twice told her manager she didn’t want to deliver them, particularly with a rest home on her route.

postie-on-bike.jpg.hashed.e1a5c0e4.desktop.story_.inlineThe state-owned post service called for an investigation into why she had interfered with the mail, the union said.

But while it also said she had also been “threatened” with jail time during her meeting, NZ Post called that claim “ridiculous”.

“Her managers made every effort to take a reasonable approach, including not formally warning her while also impressing upon her the seriousness of interfering with mail,” an NZ Post spokesman said.

He said while the NZ Post acknowledged Carolyn was trying to do the right thing, she had knowingly breached the conditions of her employment.

NZ Post didn’t have the power to open mail if it thought it was a scam under the law, but had taken many steps to try to reduce scam mail of the last five years, he said.

The union said despite warnings from NZ Post, Carolyn would be taking a warning letter to residents at the rest home, with instructions to contact the police directly.

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Australia Post to charge a fee for uncollected parcels

Australia Post has announced plans to charge customers for parcels that are not collected after five days.

6417148-3x2-340x227As part of broader changes taking effect from the start of August, the postal service said it would give people more time to collect items before they are returned to the sender.

Parcels are currently only held for 10 days before they are returned, but customers will now be given 30 days to collect their parcels.

MyPost customers would not be charged a fee for the first 10 days and can also elect to have their parcel safe-dropped at their home, or sent to an alternative location, such as a parcel locker or their closest Post Office.

Customers would be charged up to $9 for each item uncollected for up to 30 days.

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Australia Post releases beautiful butterflies with a new stamp issue

Australia Post’s latest stamp issue celebrates four spectacular Australian butterfly species: the Pale Triangle (Graphium eurypylus), the Bordered Rustic (Cupha prosope), the Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) and the Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus).

Showcasing bold and striking butterflies, these stamps, says Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt, “remind us of the beauty of the natural world”.

“Australia is home to more than 400 butterfly species. The stamp issue features eye-catching photographs of four bright and beautiful butterfly species”, he said.

The three domestic base-rate ($1) and one international rate ($2.75) stamps were designed by Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio.

  • $1 Beautiful Butterflies - Cairns Birdwing stamp 2016. * Only to be reproduced with the perforations included. Pale Triangle stamp 2016. * Only to be reproduced with the perforations included.

    Pale Triangle (Graphium eurypylus) is a large and eye-catching butterfly. The species is part of the Graphium genus of swallowtails, of which only six of the almost 90 species occur in Australia.

  • $1 Beautiful Butterflies - Bordered Rustic stamp 2016. * Only to be reproduced with the perforations included.

    Bordered Rustic (Cupha prosope) is a medium-sized butterfly. It is seen in sunny areas, small clearings and along creeks, at the edges of thick rainforest in some coastal areas of New South Wales and Queensland.

  • $1 Beautiful Butterflies - Cairns Birdwing stamp 2016. * Only to be reproduced with the perforations included.

    Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) is boldly coloured and is found only in coastal and montane rainforest areas of northeast Queensland. The female of the species is the largest butterfly found in Australia, with a wingspan of around 15 to 20 centimetres.

  • $2.75 Beautiful Butterflies - Chequered Swallowtail stamp 2016. * Only to be reproduced with the perforations included.

    Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) is a large butterfly, found in most parts of mainland Australia as well as on Lord Howe Island. Its larvae feed on a wide v