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.
No doubt this news will be filtering through to many Licensees via the local news outlets now. It may have been delivered via the internal messaging system too.
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.
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.
Are you getting your PO Box mail on time?
LPOGroup has been recieving reports from South Australian Licensees of late PO Box mail deliveries since the beginning of last week.
Some Licensees have reported some or all of their POB letters arriving up to five hours late putting a massive burden on serving staff, lost mail-sorter productivity, wasted mail-sorter wage costs and an impact on customers.
An interesting article about the business we own!
Is this just more media speculation, or is this really indicating that where there is smoke there is a fire?
Will we find out only when we have been sold?