Posts Tagged ‘Australia Post’

  • AusPost rolls out $300m automation plan

    Australia Post’s facility at Strathfield NSW.

    The national carrier is installing a new high-speed parcel processing machine at its Strathfield NSW facility to help meet the boom in online shopping. 

    The new automation equipment – part of a $300 million national investment over the next 18 months – will process 10,500 parcels an hour, significantly increasing parcel processing numbers for New South Wales residents in time for the Christmas rush.

    The new sorter at Strathfield is one of many infrastructure upgrades planned over the next 18 months, including an automated, parcel delivery centre scheduled to be operating in Chullora before the end of the year.

    New satchel and small packet sorters will also be installed in Brisbane and Melbourne, which combined with Strathfield, will be capable of processing more than 40,000 parcels an hour, significantly increasing Australia Post’s processing capacity and improving service standards.

    ‘We know this year will be even bigger’: Bob Black, COO Australia Post.

    Australia Post Group chief operating officer Bob Black says the investment is part of the national carrier’s ongoing efforts to meet continuing parcel growth, with Australians spending $21.3 billion on goods online last year, a jump of 18.7 per cent on 2016.

    “It’s no secret that online shopping in Australia is growing,” Black says. “Consumers are buying more and more online internationally and domestically, and as a result we’re processing and delivering more parcels than ever before.

    “Last year we experienced our biggest Christmas peak period ever, delivering over 37 million parcels nationally in December alone, including a record 2.5 million parcels in a single day, and we know this year will be even bigger.

    “This new automated machinery is great news for residents in New South Wales, where our research shows online shopping grew 21.1 per cent last year. It also means we’re providing a safer working environment for everyone, with automation reducing manual handling and the risk of injury.”

    According to Australia Post’s latest Inside Australian Online Shopping Report, New South Wales residents are big buyers of fashion, with online purchases in the category rising by a hefty 28 per cent last year.

  • BrandWrapped: Australia Post’s custom packaging

    (l-r) Rebecca Burrows, GM, small business, Australia Post with Ian Douglas, CEO of Spawnit.

    Australia Post’s new custom packaging offering BrandWrapped, developed in partnership with pioneering software firm Spawnit, will be featured in a special presentation at Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum to be held in Sydney next month.

    Spawnit CEO Ian Douglas and Australia Post’s Marty Stone – head of channel development and management, business and government – will co-host a session that examines how the innovative concept was developed and how it’s being rolled out across 4,000 Post Offices across Australia.

    “It’s really exciting,” says Douglas. “To reinforce the brand at the point of delivery is critical for businesses and we’re bringing packaging to every Australian business that wants to create their own custom packaging. BrandWrapped gives small businesses access to design their own beautiful eye-catching packaging and accessories that customers will love and remember.”

    BrandWrapped, launched in March 2018, allows businesses to create personalised boxes, satchels, and other branded items such as ribbon, tape, labels, and wrapping paper, with low minimum print runs.

    Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum New Frontiers in Packaging Print has attracted leading companies across a range of  sectors including printing, converting, design, food manufacturing and allied service providers.

    Here’s a look at the impressive and growing list of companies that will be attending the not-to-be-missed event:

    Arnotts; Artech Print: Australian Paper; Australia Post; Ball & Doggett; Birdstone; Blue Star WEB; Bottcher Australia Pty Ltd; Boxcraft; Boxer & Co. ; Brebner Print; Bright Print Group; Confoil; Colour Graphic Services; Currie Group; DreemAR; Ecolean; EFI; Epson Australia; Energi; Exelnetwork; Format Print; Fuji Xerox Australia; Graph-Pak; HP Graphic Solutions; Hybrid Software; IVE Group; Kirwan Print Group; Kodak; Konica Minolta Aust; Labels & Packaging ANZ ; Litho Superpak P/L; Matthews Australasia; Mela; Multi-Colour Corporation; Orora; Pegasus Print Group; PES Print NZ; Print & Pack Australia; Printing Industries Association Australia; Print IQ; Profile Packaging; RollsPack; Roy Morgan Consulting; Sappi Trading Australia Pty Ltd; SEAGA Group Australia; Snack Brands Australia; Sunrice; Soar Print; Spawnit; Spotpress; Tharstern Australia; The Edison Agency, TSA, Visual Connections… and more.

    You can book tickets here.

    The full programme can be seen here.


  • Holgate shakes up Post executive suites

    Christine Holgate, CEO of Australia Post.

    Ingo Bohlken of Deutsche Post and former Linfox CEO Annette Carey will join Australia Post as part of a restructure by the national mail carrier’s boss, Christine Holgate.

    Bohlken, formerly of Deutsche Post, will come on board as executive general manager, products and innovation. “Ingo joins our team from Germany, where for 17 years he held a number of significant positions at Deutsche Post,” said Holgate. “We are aiming for Ingo to join the business formally in early August.”

    Carey will serve as Australia Post’s executive general manager, international, after four years at the helm of shipping company Linfox. “Annette is an outstanding executive and has considerable logistics and international experience,” said Holgate. “She has deep insights into freight and road transport, many of the same large customers as ours and expanding businesses in Asia – Linfox now also operates in eight Asian countries.”

    The two appointments are part of a shakeup that has created five new executive positions, as part of Holgate’s focus on supporting customers, optimising investments, and returning to sustainable growth while managing change.

  • Australia Post likely mystery bidder for Salmat BPO

    The identity of the bidder for Salmat’s business process outsourcing division (BPO) is shrouded in mystery but industry analysts point the finger towards Aussie Post.

    Salmat announced it had received an unsolicited and conditional bid for its mail-based division from a ‘credible party whose identity is confidential.’ The company, which is the market leader in the sector providing services for many of Australia’ largest corporation, is generally regarded as having more than 60% of the essential mail market.

    The division is reported a 2.6% fall in sales revenue to the 1st half of this year to $158.6m, with a commensurate 1.3% decrease in the volume of its mail packs to 539 million. It has almost completed the full integration of 2007 takeover target, HPA, and in recent years it brought online two Océ-driven high-speed digital colour sites that open up greater opportunities for cross media promotion – so-called transpromo.

    Along with competitor, Computershare, Salmat has entered into an agreement with US-based Zumbox to provide digital mail competition to the anticipated October launch of Australia Post’s own Pitney Bowes, Volley system. A takeover bid for Salmat’s BPO could be seen as move to block the opposing bid.

    Australia Post is cash rich with a war chest of around $600 million. Under Ahmed Fahour, CEO, it is looking to expand its game, especially into the digital area.

    It is thought unlikely for any digital hardware company to make a bid for BPO.

    Salmat is considerng the bid along with its advisers, Macquarie Capital and Clayton Utz.