“Alibaba officials are flying to New Zealand to explore creating a logistics hub in regional NZ”

Alibaba’s global business buildout is notable on several points. First, it continues an ‘asset lite’ alliance partnership model, a model used successfully by major logistics and eCommerce companies worldwide as opposed to a ‘build it’ or ‘buy it’ approach, models considered unwieldy, time consuming, and expensive.

In this case Alibaba brings its eCommerce platform expertise to a ready-made logistics partner, NZ Post. The model is replicable worldwide, can be applied on a country by country basis to target high profile eCommerce markets such as India, Brazil, France, Italy, and Spain, as well as key developing eCommerce marketplaces such as Nigeria.

It also offers a key selling point to the national postal operators (“NPOs”) who today may be considering an alliance Amazon as its last mile delivery partner, while also realizing that downstream they may someday be competing with Amazon in their home markets, as the US Postal Service potentially faces tomorrow.


Chunghwa Post Rates to Increase for Parcel, Express Mail Services

The company said that it has not raised prices for domestic parcel and express mail services since 2001 and 2007 respectively.

The change is being made to reflect increased costs and to ensure that its services are sustainable and widely available, it said.

Significant changes include domestic rates for parcels weighing up to 5kg, will be split into parcels weighing up to 3kg and more than 3kg, but not exceeding 5kg

Domestic Express Mail is also splitting the more than 1kg, but less than 5kg category for deliveries into a.) More than 1kg, but less than 3kg, and b.) More than 3kg, but not exceeding 5kg.

More details are reported here

Source:  Taipei Times

PostNL warns that competition rules could affect delivery in rural areas

(source: DutchNews.nl — 8 August 2017)

Dutch postal company PostNL has criticised the Dutch consumer and markets authority ACM for demanding more competition in the shrinking postal market.

In particular, the quality of nationwide delivery services could be threatened and postal companies will start competing on employment terms, the Financieele Dagblad quotes the company has saying.

The ACM ordered PostNL to deliver mail for competitors such as Sandd and Van Straaten in areas where they do not have their own network and has told the former state monopoly to be more transparent about its rates from 1 November. ‘The ACM bases its decisions on “regulations that do not match the reality of a shrinking postal market”, ‘ PostNL is quoted as saying.

Chief executive Herna Verhagen told the AD that the measures taken by the regulator to promote competition are counter-productive. ‘There are now four or five companies delivering mail. That is not viable in the long term and will be at the expense of service and quality. Rural areas will be the first to suffer from it.’

At the moment half of all deliveries in rural areas are loss making, according to PostNL. The company is required by law to provide a nationwide delivery service.

PostNL’s turnover fell in the second quarter by 4% to €343m, while underlying net profit fell from €26m to €17m. The amount of addressed post delivered by PostNL fell 8.8% in the second quarter.