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.

Read more: Australia Post backflip on charging for parcel collection

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.

Source: Postie in hot water after refusing to deliver scam letter to rest home | ONE News Now | TVNZ

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.

Source: Australia Post to charge a fee for uncollected parcels

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 variety of Cullen species, groundcover plants or shrubs that occur in the arid and tropical zones of northern Australia.

The products associated with this stamp issue are a minisheet, first day cover, stamp pack, sheetlet of five $2.75 stamps, booklet of 20 x $1 self-adhesive stamps, roll of 100 x $1 self-adhesive stamps, postal and numismatic cover and a set of four maxicards.

The Beautiful Butterflies stamp issue is available from 3 May 2016 at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.

Visit the Australia Post Collectables website australiapostcollectables.com.au for an article on Beautiful Butterflies. The Australia Post Collectables website is a central resource for stamp collectors and philatelic enthusiasts across the globe.

Australia Post Drone Delivery Trial Takes Flight

Australia Post will be the first major parcels and logistics company in the country to trial new technology to deliver small parcels by Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), or ‘drone’, to provide customers with even more choice on how and when they receive their online shopping.

This closed-field trial is an important next step in testing the new technology which will potentially deliver small parcels safely and securely to customers’ homes, allowing for faster transportation of time critical items like medication.

Australia Post Managing Director and Group CEO Ahmed Fahour said this is just one of many innovations the organisation is exploring, with Australia’s eCommerce and online shopping sector experiencing double-digit growth over the past five years.

“Australia Post has been adapting to changing customer needs and new technological advancements for over 200 years. This trial is another exciting example of how we’re looking to the future with emerging technologies to make life easier for our customers,” Mr Fahour said. Continue reading

New Qatar shipping service to deliver packages by drone

From Doha News:

Qatar’s state postal service has launched a new service that will allow shoppers to buy items online and get them delivered directly to their homes or to a “smart locker.”

Announcing the new “Connected by Qatar Post” service, the organization also said it is planning doorstep drone delivery for some packages.

The shop and ship service is similar to Dubai-based Aramex, though appears to be considerably more expensive.

The first phase of the new drone service should start in three months,QNA reported.

Source: New Qatar shipping service to deliver packages by drone – Doha News

PHLPost to issue stamps honoring Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue limited copies of the special commemorative stamps in honor of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

PHLPost hopes to issue and launch it this month upon securing the approval and permission from the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. and the Miss Universe Organization with regards to the availability of Pia, which has been hectic since winning the crown.

phlpost_news_201647_07c11f4d39“The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) takes pride in honoring our very own Ms. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach by immortalizing her with a postage stamp as the third Filipina to win the prestigious and much coveted Miss Universe crown”, OIC, Postmaster General Joel Otarra said.

PHLPost said that the glittered souvenir sheets will surely be a hit among collectors in the country.

The souvenir sheet of the stamps will feature a special embellishment called tactile glittery texture embossed to enhance the important look and feel of the stamps. The glitters would be limited to her crown, if when touch, you would feel the rough texture on it.

The regular stamp as well as the souvenir sheet will feature a photo of Pia in her shining moment when she was crowned Miss Universe last December 2015 in Las Vegas.

PHLPost will issue 101,000 pieces of the regular stamps which will cost P15 each, while 5,000 pieces of souvenir sheets will be released, to be sold at P40 per piece.

Pia now will join the PHLPost roster of “living legends” who are given the rare privilege of being featured in a postage stamp which includes boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran, and Miss World 2013 Megan Young.

India Post Cashes in on E-retail Boom

BHUBANESWAR:  The Department of Posts has begun to rapidly upscale its parcel operations to cash in on e-retail boom in the country. It is all set to expand the integrated parcel and booking hubs across major locations while establishing a mechanised nodal delivery system soon, Union Secretary Kavery Banerjee said here on Tuesday.

Riding on the e-commerce growth, parcel and order delivery to customers through India Post has seen a major upswing in recent years. The parcel operations have, in fact, emerged the major revenue earner for the Department as traditional postal services have almost been pushed to oblivion on the onset of emails and mobile phones.

Source: India Post Cashes in on E-retail Boom – The New Indian Express