Australia Post delays are running into weeks late could rail help?

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I was impressed by a letter that arrived with Australia Post today.
The stamp had not been cancelled so I will soak it off the envelope and use it again  !Laughing

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  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
For comparison, TNT's new (2015) parcel facility in Redbank QLD, between Brisbane and Ipswich, has state-of-the-art parcel sorting technology to process 15,000 parcels per hour. This replaced their earlier one at Salisbury Brisbane.

https://www.tnt.com/express/en_au/data/news2010/tnt_invests_in_brisbane.html
petan
TNT has recently been taken over by FEDEX. We use them sparingly as we have had heaps of problems with them over the years but since the "merger" they have gone to a whole new level

Fedex shipment from Italy a couple of weeks ago, 4 days Bologna > Matraville (North Sydney) then 11 days for TNT to get it from there to Castlemaine.......

A driver told me today that they are so overloaded that he is regularly going back to the depot in the evening with 20+ undelivered parcels (they can't stay out too late as the picked up parcels would miss the truck)

TNT's solution is to use labour hire to fill the gaps apparently which is what the drivers were striking about a couple of weeks back
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
My experience as a regular user of Parcel Post is that it got really bad about five years ago under the stewardship of Ahmed Fahour - for example, I had a parcel take almost three weeks to get to suburban Cairns. Just not good enough.

It got noticeably better under Christine Holgate, transit times improved substantially.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

For comparison, TNT's new (2015) parcel facility in Redbank QLD, between Brisbane and Ipswich, has state-of-the-art parcel sorting technology to process 15,000 parcels per hour. This replaced their earlier one at Salisbury Brisbane.

https://www.tnt.com/express/en_au/data/news2010/tnt_invests_in_brisbane.html
TNT has recently been taken over by FEDEX. We use them sparingly as we have had heaps of problems with them over the years but since the "merger" they have gone to a whole new level

Fedex shipment from Italy a couple of weeks ago, 4 days Bologna > Matraville (North Sydney) then 11 days for TNT to get it from there to Castlemaine.......

A driver told me today that they are so overloaded that he is regularly going back to the depot in the evening with 20+ undelivered parcels (they can't stay out too late as the picked up parcels would miss the truck)

TNT's solution is to use labour hire to fill the gaps apparently which is what the drivers were striking about a couple of weeks back
BrentonGolding
Another “solution” used by FedEx/TNT is to dump parcels with Australia Post.

I’m currently waiting on a parcel which took 5 days from dispatch in England to being released by Border Force in Melbourne and then being handed over to a “Local Delivery Partner” (interesting description, I thought FedEx and AP were competitors) and disappearing from sight with no updates in the last week.

If there are no updates by the end of the week I’ll be advising the retailer to claim insurance and I’ll be call in a report to the AFP.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Another “solution” used by FedEx/TNT is to dump parcels with Australia Post.

I’m currently waiting on a parcel which took 5 days from dispatch in England to being released by Border Force in Melbourne and then being handed over to a “Local Delivery Partner” (interesting description, I thought FedEx and AP were competitors) and disappearing from sight with no updates in the last week.

If there are no updates by the end of the week I’ll be advising the retailer to claim insurance and I’ll be call in a report to the AFP.
justapassenger

I'm sure the AFP cannot contain their excitement at the prospect.

In August I had a USPS/AP small parcel (Micro Trains N=scale weathered UP coal hoppers) from the US take 14 days to travel New York-Tokyo-Sydney-Tokyo-Sydney-Melbourne and depart, and then basically disappear into cyberspace for four weeks with the descriptor "Processed Through Facility AUSTRALIA".  They eventually turned up.

Pre-pandemic 2-3 weeks would be the norm for the complete journey.
  Expost Chief Commissioner

For comparison, TNT's new (2015) parcel facility in Redbank QLD, between Brisbane and Ipswich, has state-of-the-art parcel sorting technology to process 15,000 parcels per hour. This replaced their earlier one at Salisbury Brisbane.

https://www.tnt.com/express/en_au/data/news2010/tnt_invests_in_brisbane.html
TNT has recently been taken over by FEDEX. We use them sparingly as we have had heaps of problems with them over the years but since the "merger" they have gone to a whole new level

Fedex shipment from Italy a couple of weeks ago, 4 days Bologna > Matraville (North Sydney) then 11 days for TNT to get it from there to Castlemaine.......

A driver told me today that they are so overloaded that he is regularly going back to the depot in the evening with 20+ undelivered parcels (they can't stay out too late as the picked up parcels would miss the truck)

TNT's solution is to use labour hire to fill the gaps apparently which is what the drivers were striking about a couple of weeks back
Another “solution” used by FedEx/TNT is to dump parcels with Australia Post.

I’m currently waiting on a parcel which took 5 days from dispatch in England to being released by Border Force in Melbourne and then being handed over to a “Local Delivery Partner” (interesting description, I thought FedEx and AP were competitors) and disappearing from sight with no updates in the last week.

If there are no updates by the end of the week I’ll be advising the retailer to claim insurance and I’ll be call in a report to the AFP.
justapassenger
Yes, it was common practice in the 90s and early 2000s for competitors to use AP to pick up their slack. When the standard letter and small letter monopoly was removed, competition came in for the letter market. Chasing huge market share, they would underquote AP for letter deliveries nationwide. Think massive nationwide deliveries. They would pay pittence to their drivers to deliver in mass population areas, mainly the SE corner of the country, and they farm out the rest to AP to get delivered. The stupid thing that AP did was, give them a discount for the bulk mailings. So these businesses were undercutting AP by huge margins for the entire mailout contract, then for the stuff that would have cost them too much to actually deliver, they got AP to do it, and got a discount from them to do it.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
We have a new benchmark! Item shipped Express Post (Small Satchel) on September 29th from Castlemaine to North Melbourne and delivered today, October 26th! We had given up on this one and told the customer to fill out a claim form for a refund but he never gave up hope!!!

27 days to travel 125kms or thereabouts.

But that's OK, Covid, right?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
We have a new benchmark! Item shipped Express Post (Small Satchel) on September 29th from Castlemaine to North Melbourne and delivered today, October 26th! We had given up on this one and told the customer to fill out a claim form for a refund but he never gave up hope!!!

27 days to travel 125kms or thereabouts.

But that's OK, Covid, right?
BrentonGolding
Never waste a crisis especially if it covers incompetence.
  8502 Chief Train Controller

What role could the inland rail line play in the movement of australia post and star track parcels on express mini parcel trains?

Make these services express between major centres on the inland route.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
27 days to travel 125kms or thereabouts.
BrentonGolding
Well, that's about 0.193 km/h... It is snail mail isn't it? Rolling Eyes
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
None I would suggest.
Is 'mini tracel train' a typo for 'mini parcel train'? If so less than none.
Your crew costs will be more or less the same whether running a light engine or an 1800m fully loaded train.
Rail will always be most cost effective running full length/engine loads on efficient, punctual and, above all, reliable services tailored to customer needs.
Reliability (the known quantity) is the key to everything.
  8502 Chief Train Controller

None I would suggest.
Is 'mini tracel train' a typo, perhaps for 'mini parcel train'? If so less than none.
Rail will always do best with realistic, well run, efficient, punctual and, above all, reliable services tailored to customer needs. On the East Coast these trains will almost always convey containerised loading in full length/engine loads.  
Above all reliability (the known quantity) is the key to everything.
YM-Mundrabilla

I examined your response and it makes no sense.  Rail has a huge role in express freight into the future as it has in many other countries and it can work here. Hell even DHL uses rail extensively in the USA as does USMAIL.

By using the inland rail to deliver an express path between Melbourne and Brisbane and later Gladstone a lot can be achieved.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
None I would suggest.
Is 'mini tracel train' a typo, perhaps for 'mini parcel train'? If so less than none.
Rail will always do best with realistic, well run, efficient, punctual and, above all, reliable services tailored to customer needs. On the East Coast these trains will almost always convey containerised loading in full length/engine loads.  
Above all reliability (the known quantity) is the key to everything.

I examined your response and it makes no sense.  Rail has a huge role in express freight into the future as it has in many other countries and it can work here. Hell even DHL uses rail extensively in the USA as does USMAIL.

By using the inland rail to deliver an express path between Melbourne and Brisbane and later Gladstone a lot can be achieved.
8502
Time will tell and in the meantime we will both, no doubt, share our views from time to time. Smile
We will wait and see the end result 'in the fullness of time'!

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