The Packstation comes to Australia Post or does it?

I’ve long been interested in the DHL Packstation run by DHL Parcel Germany which provides automated booths for self service collection and dispatch of packages via Deutsche Post and express deliveries from DHL Express Germany. Currently there are nearly 3000 packstations throughout Germany and the DHL goal is that no-one will live more then 10 minutes from a packstation. The manufacturer of the Packstation is an Austrian Company KEBA.

DHL require registration to use the service which is free of charge for private and business, from 2011 you can no longer use the customer number and PIN to access the Packstation but need to use your Goldcard and PIN.

Customers can use any Packstation in Germany, the address format is

Name (Willhelm Schmidt)
Customer Number (85673543)
Packstation and Number (Packstation 111)
Postcode and Town (14109 Berlin)

Not only can you send and received packages from the Packstation businesses can also use them to store parts for service calls. For companies with more then 3000 employees DHL offer in-house Packstations for the use of employees.

Other countries with similar systems include

  • Austria with Osterreichische Post running a service called Post.24-Station. KEBA make the booths for them the same as for DHL Packstation.
  • Estonia with Smartpost running a service called Delivery Point Solution. There is a booth within15 minutes drive for everyone in Estonia. Their system was self developed.
  • Lativa with PostService running a service called Mana pasta stacija (My Post Station). Their system is self developed.

Australia Post recently announced they were going to be setting up and trialling their version of the Packstation which is manufactured by TZ Limited in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Brisbane GPO, 261 Queen Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000 (trial from Monday the 17th of October)
St Kilda Delivery Center, 170-174 Chapel St, St Kilda, Victoria 3182 (trial from Friday the 21st of October)
St Leonards Delivery Facility, 2 Herbert Street, St Leonards, NSW 2065 (trial from Wednesday the 19th of October)

56 lockers will be deployed at each location initially – a layout of the trial is available on the Australia Post website.

The Australia Post system will use a customised version of the TZ Courier software and the lockers have been custom designed for Australia Post. Each locker has a individual security code that is emailed to the recipient so couriers can drop off deliveries at the locker. At the three trial locations access will be 24/7 to a secure area. The photo above are the lockers being delivered today to the Brisbane GPO.

Unlike the DHL Packstation system the Australia Post system appears to be tied to a location (although the Customer ID may be usable Australia wide like the Packstation?), I registered for the three month free trial and received an address in the format;

Name (Matthew McDonald)
Locker number which is your Customer ID (Parcel locker C1xxx)
Address (261 Queen Street)
City State Postcode  (Brisbane City QLD 4000)

When a parcel arrives you will receive a SMS and email (The SMS can be set to only be sent between 8am and 10pm or 24/7) which contains the locker number and access code and you have 48 hours to collect the parcel.

You can receive any parcels delivered by Australia Post with the exception of

  • Letters and standard mail
  • Express Post letters
  • Parcels requiring ‘proof of identity’ or payment on delivery
  • Parcels containing wine or other alcohol
  • Parcels larger than our biggest locker, which is 375mm x 600mm x 650mm
  • Multi-parcel deliveries; we can only manage one parcel per locker

I’m not sure what they mean by proof of identity parcels, I assume this is where the person has to provide identification and not just a signature on delivery as the Trial information states (similar to the Packstation terms);

  • When you register, you agree that delivery of your parcel will not require a signature. Instead, your use of the one-off access code will prove your acceptance (and the delivery of) your parcel.

If you don’t collect within 48 hours or it’s too large you have to collect the parcel as per normal during business hours. More information is available here.

Australia Post offer the following additional services at this stage

Missed deliveries – these can be redirected to your Parcel Locker by using the details on the missed delivery card.

Is there going to be a cost after the three month trial? The Packstation has no charges for using it so I hope Australia Post go down the same path.

Will we start to see DHL Packstation type booths popping up around the country? Hopefully yes.

Continued in Australia Post’s Parcel Locker system in operation

Australia Post unveils ‘post office of the future’

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Australia Post is excited to announce plans for a ‘post office of the future’, an innovative store showcasing a range of new services to offer customers greater access, convenience and choice in the way they transact with Australia Post.

The store will offer a dedicated area for online shopping where online traders can fulfil their postage needs, a travel services zone and a private lounge where customers can complete more complex financial and identity services transactions.

In another first, the store will have a 24/7 zone for customers to pick up parcels, vending machines where customers can buy stamps and packaging products as well as weigh and send parcels at any time that suits them.

Managing Director and CEO, Ahmed Fahour, said that this was the first of many exciting changes to transform Australia Post into a more customer-focused organisation concentrating on eCommerce and trusted services.

“Our retail network is key to our strategy and a critical part in shaping the future of Australia Post – the community is changing and we are changing our stores to meet their needs,” said Mr Fahour.

“Our customers have told us they want more options in how they interact with us, so we will be providing them with greater access, convenience and choice in how they do business with Australia Post.”

The Brisbane GPO has been chosen as the first site for the new store, which was also the location of the first PostShop back in October 1989.

“The Brisbane GPO store will enable us to find out firsthand from customers about what services they use and like, which will help us develop future concept stores across the country,” said Executive General Manager Retail Services, Christine Corbett.

The new store will feature six dedicated zones:

  • Online shopping zone for online traders including an eBay corner to dispatch parcels, purchase a range of packaging products and shop online with a range of Australia Post eCommerce partners;
  • 24/7 zone with parcel lockers where customers can pick up their parcel at any time, a vending machine with packaging products and a self-service terminal where they can weigh, and post parcels as well as an ATM;
  • Financial and identity services section where customers can sit down and go through transactions with staff;
  • Travel services zone offering foreign exchange and a range of travel related services;
  • Self-service terminals to allow customers to quickly pay a bill or post a parcel within Australia; and
  • New spacious counters, divided into dedicated transaction types.

The concept store at Brisbane GPO is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Australia Post transforms its parcel service to meet online shopping boom

Monday, 10 October 2011

Australian online shoppers and sellers will be the big winners from the most significant changes to Australia Post’s parcel operations in its 200 year history.

Australia Post Managing Director and CEO Ahmed Fahour said Australia Post’s response to the internet shopping boom includes new delivery options such as the ability for customers to collect parcels from an initial 100 extended hours locations across Australia and access parcel lockers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with customers receiving email and SMS notifications when their parcel arrives.

“These new measures are additions to existing parcel services and come in response to a 10.9 per cent increase in parcel volumes over the last financial year – a figure which can be directly linked to Australians taking up online shopping in record numbers,” said Mr Fahour.

The new services providing customers with more flexibility and choice include:

Extended hours for parcel collection

The ability for customers to have their parcel delivered to a location of their choice from an initial 100 parcel pick up locations across Australia which offer extended hours with many open weekends.

New 24 hour access electronic parcel lockers will be trialled in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Customers can collect their items 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will receive a SMS notification when their parcel is ready for collection.

New parcel lockers for Post Office Box holders in 24 locations nation-wide by the end of November with more to come.

Trial of new self-service machines for domestic parcels and Billpay at five initial retail outlets, with many more to be operating across the country by the end of the financial year.

Competitive pricing and home delivery service

Australia Post/eBay low cost satchels and boxes priced at a low flat rate to anywhere in Australia no matter how remote or far away.

A new international tracked parcel product called ‘Pack and Track international’ which is a significantly cheaper option. This product offers tracked delivery between the United States and Australia with more international destinations to be added in the future and is available online from today and in retail outlets early next year.

To the door carding requiring our drivers to leave a card under the door, rather than the letterbox, to ensure customers who are at home receive their delivery.

Supporting consumers and Australian retailers get online

  • 60 upgraded business hubs across Australia focusing on small to medium business activity, with the first to be opened in Mount Waverley (Victoria) in November, and 20 to be launched by the end of 2012.
  • Australia Post, in association with our partner Mailplus, is offering free Express Post product pick up for new customers during October and November this year.
  • An online label printing service, Click and Send, that makes it simple for customers to send parcels by allowing them to print labels, pay for postage online and organise courier pick up, all from the convenience of home or work.
  • Our flagship concept store opening in Brisbane in December, which will have a dedicated online shopping area, 24/7 parcel pick up zone and vending machines with stamps and packaging.
  • Helping Australian retailers with their online ordering and payments through our SecurePay business and our Shop In A Box product, which is available online shortly.

“We’re listening to our customers. Australians are receiving more parcels than ever and many of our customers are rarely at home during the day and find it increasingly hard to get to a post office,” said Mr Fahour.

“This is the biggest change Australia Post has ever made in our parcels business since it was set up many decades ago. It will allow us to introduce more services to complement those we continue to offer, such as home delivery and parcel collection at the post office.”

Richard Umbers, Executive General Manager Parcel Services said that while home delivery is still the best option for some people, for others it is more convenient to collect a parcel from a location of their choice which is open for longer hours.

“This year we trialled extended hours and drive-through parcel collection in Sydney and 90 per cent of residents surveyed who took part in the trial told us they wanted the service to continue.

“With our extensive delivery network and the largest retail network in the country, Australia Post is the natural partner for eCommerce in Australia with millions of parcels delivered annually on behalf of online sellers both domestically and internationally.”

These are the initial parcel pick up sites which will operate beyond normal business hours from early next year. Extended hours will be tailored to needs of the local community.

VIC

NSW

QLD

Altona North

Albury

Albion

Bakery Hill

Baulkham Hills

Aspley

Ballarat

Bathurst

Archerfield

Bayswater

Bondi Beach

Brendale

Bentleigh

Engadine

Brisbane City East

Brighton

Frenchs Forest

Brisbane George Street

Bundoora

Gosford

Bundall

Caulfield South

Hunter Connection

Capalaba

Cranbourne

Kingsgrove

Caloundra

Docklands

Minto

Clontarf

Fitzroy

Mitchell

Earlville

Frankston*

Nepean

Fortitude Valley

Geelong

Newcastle

Heathwood

Glenroy

North Ryde

Kelvin Grove

Hawthorn

Parramatta

Loganholme

Hoppers Crossing

Regents Park

Mansfield

Melbourne, Bourke Street*

St Leonards

Nambour

Melbourne, Collins Street East

Strawberry Hills

Southport

Melbourne, Franklin Street*

Tamworth

Toowong

Melbourne, Law Courts

Taren Point

Toowoomba

Mentone

Turramurra*

Upper Mt Gravatt

Moorabbin

Wahroonga

Virginia

Mt Waverley

Wetherill Park

SA

Nunawading

Wollongong

Adelaide

Pakenham

Woollahra*

Campbelltown

Port Melbourne

WA

Gawler

Seaford

Bassendean

Glenelg

Shepparton

Bibra Lake

Hindmarsh

Somerton

Canning Vale

Ingle Farm

South Melbourne

East Perth

Kent Town

Sunbury

Fremantle

Marleston

Tullamarine

Gosnells

Melrose Park

Wangaratta

Joondalup

Mount Gambier

ACT

Mandurah

North Adelaide

Fyshwick

Midland

Port Lincoln

NT

Mundaring

Regency Park

Casuarina

Myaree

Torrensville

Palmerston

Osborne Park

TAS

Winnellie

Perth

Burnie

Rockingham

Devonport

Victoria Park

Eastern Shore

Wangara

Launceston

Welshpool

Western Shore

West Perth

* Initial parcel locker locations.

5 thoughts on “The Packstation comes to Australia Post or does it?

  1. Belinda

    They’re not listening to their customers at all. Their customers (especially elderly and disabled people) want their parcels to actually be delivered rather than having to pick them up themselves. This is just an extension of the current system where lazy posties put a card in your letterbox without even attempting to knock to see if you’re home.

    Aus Post need to realise that it’s their job to deliver, not to expect us to pick things up.

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