Have your say in our submission to the Senate Inquiry into Franchising
On 22 March 2018, the Senate referred an Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct. Given the extent of the inquiry, and the increasingly negative perception of the franchising sector, it is hoped that significant amendments to the Code (and the franchising regulatory framework) may result from the inquiry.
The LPOGroup will be making an evidence-based submission to the Senate Inquiry and will be seeking your input to shape the response. Early next week you will be invited to participate in a survey. The due date for the submission is 4 May which is only in 3 weeks time so its important that you take time out to complete the survey in the short time it will be open to you.
This is our collective opportunity to make a difference!
The latest round of LEEP meetings is almost concluded in most states and LPOG is seeking feed back on the success, or not, of this program. There are 2 rounds of LEEP meetings each year, with a lot of resources directed towards the process. But does it provide Australia Post and Licensees value for money? The format of the latest round was more focused on providing information to assist Licensees to manage our business resources, but did it do that? Or could it have been more successful?
Help from some new law
The LPOG continues in its singular endeavour to get more money to Licensees without damaging the brand on which our livelihood depends.
We identified for members in May 2017 and again in September 2017, some help from an unexpected source: the Federal Parliament.
ARA Australia Post Members - which is Every LPO
ARA will be holding an Australia Post Lease Negotiation and Information Webinar:
To register your attendance for the online session click the link below:
If you are concerned about the amount of MMF paid in the Jan POMs, you could be right. It seems there is an error in the calculations or some such part that has resulted in problems with the amount. Not sure if anyone got too much, but LPOG is aware of many that got too little, as is Australia Post.
Finally, after a long period of absence Australia Post has a CEO who wants to run the Post Office and deliver the mail. Australia Post's new CEO, Christine Holgate states that Post Offices are an important part of the community, and maintaining a healthy and viable Post Office network is critical to meet the needs of Australian communities and the government. And mail remains a very important part of our business and should be protected and nurtured.
So lets get back to selling stamps to put on letters to deliver to the world and growing our business together with the new boss.
How good is that!
Accountability is long overdue. The churning of underperforming businesses should be illegal. Especially when the poor sods who purchase on good faith have been subject to fraud.
Finally something is being done to allow victims of scams undertaken via this service to seek compensation. If you have customers, or know of any licensees who were caught up in the scam that targeted LPOs, now is the time to take some affirmative actions to try to recover lost funds. We will probably have to convince people that they do not need to send money to WU to lodge these claims also. Won't take the vultures long to think that one up!
Terry Ashcroft has been helping Licensees buy and sell LPOs in NSW for longer than most of us can remember. For many Licensees he is to go to man in times of need and he inspired the birth of LPOG with regular network meetings for NSW Licensees to help improve our businesses.
Each year Terry sends his newsletter and calendar to NSW based Licensees but his words resonate with all Licensees. Terry has kindly allowed LPOG to publish his light Christmas reading on our website for all to read.
Updated Calendar: Ashcroft Calendar 2018.PDF
Previous editions can be found here