Australia Post plans to invest 50 million dollars in to a modern system of parcel delivery to 2014!
Cracow, 22nd October, 2012
Australia Post plans to invest $ 50m in to a modern system of parcel delivery to 2014!
easyPack devices revolutionize postal and courier market in Australia
After system and operational testing, the Integer.pl Group has reached an agreement with Australia Post (AP) and will provide it with 250 parcel terminals by 2014. The first lockers are already available in Melbourne, several more will be rolled out in 5 Australian cities within a month. 50 parcel lockers will be available up to the first half of December 2012. Then, another 200 machines will be delivered to the Australian operator between February and October 2013, respectively. The Group’s plan is to provide at least 1000 24-hour parcel lockers to post and collect parcels.
The Australia Post contract is the most important agreement signed this year, and the largest business venture for the Integer.pl Group.
The survey carried out in July 2012 by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Frost & Sullivan shows that 53% of Australian consumers aged 15 years and over shop online. On the other hand, "The Australian and New Zealand Online Shopping Report" shows that the value of e-commerce market may increase in Australia in 2012 by 17.9% to $ 16 billion. Before 2016 this figure will reach a level of 26.9 billion dollars.
In response to the declining market of traditional letters, Australia Post tries to reach the leader position in the Australian e-commerce market during the next few years. By 2014, using the easyPack self-service parcel machines network, the Australian operator wants to make 24-hour parcel lockers available for 80% of Australians living in metropolitan areas within a 10-minute drive of their households within the next two years.
Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour, says that currently Australians receive more parcels than ever before. However, bearing in mind they are hardly ever at home during the day, the traditional delivery is difficult. Hence, the decision to cooperate with the Integer.pl Group, launching the 24-hour parcel locker devices onto the global markets.
Rafał Brzoska, CEO of Integer.pl enthusiastically states, “Australia Post will invest more than $ 2 billion to transform its national logistics network, of which $ 50 million will be allotted for the development of modern courier services. It is a huge market and business achievement, especially as the Australian e-commerce sector is characterized by a dynamic growth, providing the same great prospects for development for us. The unquestionable Group success is that together with Neopost we will be operationally involved in the development of one of the largest logistics networks in the postal and courier market.”
The contract with Australia Post is carried out jointly with Neopost, a world leader in providing services to postal and courier companies and delivery of postage meters and other mobile devices used in logistics services. Apart from the manufacturing, assembly, and delivery of devices, both partners provides technological solutions as well as a commercial launch of the service in the Australian market.
„The contract with the Australian national operator clearly confirms that innovative technology solutions implemented by the Integer.pl Group are used around the world. Our offer is competitive due to high technical standards of equipment, as well as their unbeatable functionality. However, we assume, that the co-operation with the Neopost initiated under the contract with Australia Post will be continued with the next major deployment for postal and courier market and therefore we expect further international success”, adds Mr. Brzoska.
Australia is one of ten countries – apart from Chile, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Estonia, Spain, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia - where the revolutionary easyPacks will be accessible owing to the Integer.pl Group. Also, by the end of 2012, with the contract with PineBridge Investments, the global private equity fund - the company will double the Polish easyPack by InPost machines network. The people of almost all European countries will have been able to use about 16 000 machines to send and collect parcels by the end of 2016.
Integer.pl Group is planning to spend up from 40 to 80 million PLN on the development of easyPack by InPost machines service to the end of 2012, and the nearly five-year international expansion project is valued at 300 million euros. Through some strategic investments implemented on international markets, the Integer.pl Group revenue from the foreign projects will reach over the next few years the level of 20-40 million euros per year.