[photopress:ford_aeromax_of_australia_post_floodhound.jpg,full,alignright]Australia Post is not as other post office services. It will do anything to make a dollar. In Australia if you go on the Internet to do your shopping with ShopFast — a most excellent service — the next day Australia Post trundles up with your groceries.
Australia Post as a title is misleading. Basically it is in the logistics business and letters and postcards are but a part of that. It makes serious profits — think $200 million plus a year — and is one of the stars of the government organisations.
The most important part, Post Logistics, grew more than 75 percent last year. The Logistics division provides supply chain services including Customs clearance, freight forwarding and warehousing to corporate exporters and importers. And it is pretty damned efficient. Australia Post claims a 99.7 percent on-time rate for Express Post items, and 96.2 percent for large and small parcels.
Now its joint-venture with China Post, Sai Cheng Logistics International, has opened new logistics hubs in Shanghai and Shenzhen. As far as is known it has not yet got to home-delivery of groceries throughout China. But give it time.
Source: Supply Chain Review