Australian Retailer Association Membership

Excellent news from APLAC, and Australia Post, for Licensees in regard to ARA membership. Australia Post has done a group deal for Licensees, and paid membership for all Licensees.

http://retail.org.au/

As from the 1 March 2017 all Licensee will have full membership to the Australian Retailer Association. The Association communicates with members via email, and Licensees will need to provide an email address to receive these updates. However it is not mandatory, and Licensees will still be able to access the services regardless of not providing an email address. 

ARA is an association that exclusively supports retailers in the Australian marketplace. ARA provides marketing advice and training, governance advice and many other vital services, and Australia Post recognises that this support for Licensees in the retail environment, is a great way to provide excellent and qualified retail support for Licensees in our challenging times, rather than our network support staff being expected to provide all the answers to our questions.   

POB Advance Payments

will be available again for the 2017 renewal cycle. Notification has gone out to LPOs of the offer, with an opt - in notification to be returned to AP by early Jan 2017, if you want to receive the advance payment.

40% of the total POB payment you received for the 2016 renewal cycle, will be available if you wish to take up the offer.

Passport Accreditation at Risk - Visits

With the Passport Processing contract up for renewal in June 2017, there has been a lot of work done in looking at ways to increase the efficiency and compliance levels of outlets who are accredited to process passport applications. Passport processing is a very important revenue stream for many LPOs, and Australia Post. The loss of this work would be detrimental to the whole business, and it must not be taken lightly. As Licensees, we expect Australia Post to maximise the potential for us to make a living.

Uber Post

Australia Post and MailPlus have combined to form an aggressive new competitor for LPOs. From 14th Nov, Australia Post will allow the supply of almost the full range of postal products direct to the MailPlus business, to allow the MailPlus franchisees to sell and deliver direct to what used to be our old customers. For a fraction of the cost of purchasing an LPO, MP franchisees will now have a fully kitted out PO, on wheels.

Keep Me Posted

http://www.keepmeposted.org.au/   is the campaign website. Full of news on the campaign as it builds in Australia.

In the not too distant future Australia Post has agreed to distribute flyers to support this campaign to all LPOs to hand out to our customers. It is the LPO customers who are probably most impacted by these additional charges. 

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