The viability and sustainability of the LPO network is ranked as a high priority on CEO of Australia Post Christine Holgate’s must have list. This is a breakthrough position for Licensees, and it is time for Licensees to grab the opportunities and grow our Post business to help ourselves to a much better future.
An interesting article about why it is cheaper to get goods from China than from anywhere else in Australia! And Trump is also not too happy!
Sadly, no joy for those LPOs that provide a primary sort on behalf of the delivery arm of Australia Post, under the reformed payment scheme.
Since the inception of LPOG in 2013 we have endeavoured to bring the LPO Agreement to the point where Licensees are paid fairly for what they actually do. A bug-bear for many years past has been by reference to the costs and efforts in dealing with parcels, exacerbated by the advent of on-line shopping.
On this theme our involvement with Post and payment reform (especially since Nicole Sheffield took on the project circa Sept 2018) was premised by an acceptance that a reduced rate letter handling fee (MMF payment) made better sense and could be agreed upon, as the flip-side presented by Post was for a lodgement or delivery scan payment to be paid for all work, on a per item basis, for parcel handling by Licensees. We agreed to work with AP to that intent and LPOG has been so engaged for many months on this project.
As with any issue across the whole network anomalies are thrown up. As most of you would be aware, over the years Licensees who conduct Primary Sorts have had ever increasing workloads due to the ever-increasing numbers of parcels coming through the system.
We should all know by now that our payment arrangements with Australia Post are under reformation. Stage 1 was focused on mail related payments, and introduced the new, and increased banking payments.
2,860+ LPOs have now received their 9 month YTD dashboards. These dashboards show pretty much the payment reform as it would have impacted the LPO payments, had the payments been paid under the new scheme from 1 July 2018.
And the results are visible in our bank accounts once again. The underwhelming payment that has gone into our bank accounts for our April YTD is missing a substantial number of our renewed POBs. The renewals paid in April were not included in our POMs payments, so our payment is underpaid, yet again, by however many POBs you renewed in April via a counter transaction.
After a resounding amount of very concerned Licensees discussing the changes to payments at the LEEP meetings, and contacting Australia Post to express the alarm over the proposed change to monthly POB payments in arears, Nicole Sheffield has put the plan on hold for this year. It is very clear to the executive of Australia Post that the network is not ready for this change to happen as yet.