Mail Plus Changes

UPDATE:

Australia Post has confirmed that only the initial supply of express post satchels will be via a corporate outlet, as the MP Licensees will be exchanging the pre paid Toll satchels they currently supply, for the AP satchels that will now be their core product. After that it will be as existing with supply being from the LPO if that is where the MP drivers have been sourcing the stock. So the initial concerns being raised today are not as we heard. There may be other issues with Mail Plus yet to come, but supply being restricted is not one of them supposedly. LPOG executives are meeting with AP and Mail Plus on 20 May to "consult" on how we can work together to progress our combined businesses. 

Original Posting:

Lots of Licensees contacting LPOG about news from Mail Plus Licensees today. LPOG understands that at a Mail Plus Conference over the weekend, Mail Plus Licensees have been informed that they will be only able to deal with stock purchases from corporate outlets from now on.

This is not what was promoted by Australia Post or Mail Plus to LPOG. We have contact Post for urgent clarification of this news to seek facts at this stage.

Why Join LPOG?

One of the questions asked most often is why should I join LPOG? What is the difference between LPOG and POAAL?

Apart from viewing the 2 different Representative bodies at the Senate Inquiry,    http://parlview.aph.gov.au/mediaPlayer.php?videoID=213194&operation_mode...,

or the Senators comments following the tabeling of the Senate Report    http://www.lpogroup.com.au/content/senate-inquiry-final-report-supported...

  • Additional Comments in the Senate here (Skip to 4:57:00) and here (From Beginning) - 25/9/2014

its fair to use the following youtube clip to explain a lot. POAAL had exclusive rights to manage the LPO Agreement for all of it's 23+ years. They were the only accredited Association Licensees had to turn to in all that time. It is inconceivable that POAAL was unaware of the inequity of the grapes and the cucumbers situation that was happening in our LPOs every day, for 20 years. If they were unaware, it is probably worse. 

Have at look at this clip   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meiU6TxysCg

It is breathtaking to see how quickly the monkey in this clip twigged to the inequity of his situation. And gobsmacking to realise that it took Licensees so long to see what needed to be done, or that there are still Licensees out there who still don't get the fair pay issue. The swift return of the cucumber is probably the most enlightening thing I have seen for quite a while.

It could be viewed as a demonstration of the origins of LPOG

Senator Nick Xenophon and the NSW RNP Team

were guests at the Terry Ashcroft and LPOG Trade Day in Sydney. The RNP teams spent the whole day networking with Licensees, discussing one on one issues and showing Licensees the new POMs payment system. Fair to say that was very well received, and much appreciated by Licensees who attended.

POMs is coming to the Eastern Seaboard

New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland to perform a self-pay transaction as the last transaction on the last trading day of the month – Saturday 30 April if your Post Office is open on a Saturday and Friday 29 April if your Post Office is closed on a Saturday. This will ensure you get your correct interim payment between the 2 systems in the quickest possible timeframe.

SA, NT and WA were cut over to the new Licensees payment system, POMs, last month. They were the guinea pigs! There were the usual teething problems but it seems that the rest of us will be moving over from next month. Excellent news for those of us keen to be able to drill down into every aspect of our payments. Could be our new hobby, seeing how much we were paid to deal with some of our not so favourite transactions. Then again, maybe we shouldn't!

LPOG Media Release - Call for PO to assist with the Digital Way Forward

LPOG believes Post Offices can assist with solving Digital Disruption for the nation, and calls on the Prime Minister, and the COAG members, to see the potential of this utilization of the established Post Office network.

LPOG COAG Media Release 310316.pdf

We are uniquely placed to continue to support, and provide the necessary community services, that the Government is obligated to make available to every Australian community.

Passport Processing Future with Australia Post

To view the actual EOI papers please follow the link below

http://www.lpogroup.com.au/content/update-eoi-called-passport-processing

There has been a fair bit of media attention, and concern from Licensees and our customers, about the call by DFAT for Expressions of Interest from interested parties to tender for the business opportunity to undertake Passport Processing, and what that will mean for LPOs. Australia Post has the current contract which runs until June 2017. Licensees need to support the current contract by adhering to the contract terms with APO. Its all about reducing errors to be under the 3% margin each month, making sure we comply with the regulations to the letter, and ensuring we are the preferred supplier for this work in the future.

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