Freshly Squeezed: 06.11.19

Ally Feiam By Ally Feiam | 06 Nov 2019

Australia Post launches 11 new eDVs in the Northern Territory and Coles unveils a delivery subscription service. Get a healthy dose of news as we uncover the day’s top stories in e-commerce and retail.

Australia Post Launches Electric Vehicles in NT

Australia Post has launched its electric vehicle and parcel processing delivery machinery in the Northern Territory. The 11 eDVs (Electric Delivery Vehicles) aim to make deliveries faster throughout the territory, just in time for Christmas. “We are always looking for ways to improve our delivery experience. Our eDVs can carry over 100 small parcels and up to 1,200 letters, while our new parcel processing machinery allows us to deliver more mail quickly and more safely. In fact, customers in Darwin and Palmerston will now receive their items a day earlier,” said Angela Creedon, GM of Deliveries Northern Territory for Australia Post.

“Our new vehicles triple our carrying capacity compared to the traditional postie motorbike, and with this fleet as part of a deployment of 1961 across the country that extra room will be very handy as we approach Christmas. The eDVs are currently servicing one of the Northern Territory’s biggest online shopping hotspots, with 13 vehicles delivering around Darwin – with that number to grow to 24. Today, our posties deliver 42 per cent of all parcels, so it’s important to have the right vehicles on our rounds delivering for our customers – especially in Darwin where online shopping grew 12.4 per cent in 2018 from the previous year.”

Coles Launches Coles Delivery Plus Service

Coles is launching its new subscription service for Aussie online shoppers. The service, Coles Delivery Plus, aims to provide online shoppers with unlimited delivery for online orders for a monthly flat fee. “On average, the cost of a Coles Home Delivery window is $10, depending on location, time of day and length of delivery window chosen,” said Karen Donaldson, GM of Coles Online. “Delivery Plus will allow customers who regularly shop online to save hundreds of dollars a year and help them manage their family budget by knowing exactly how much they will pay on Coles Online delivery each month.” You can read more about the service here.

Alipay Opens Platform to International Visitors to China

International visitors to China are now eligible for using Alipay, for the ‘first time ever’. The mobile payment and lifestyle platform used by more than 1.2 billion people worldwide, and is used by 87 per cent of people between the ages of 18 and 69. “App users can load CNY onto a prepaid digital card provided by Bank of Shanghai, and immediately begin using Alipay’s mobile payment platform to dine, shop, travel and play,” the Chinese company explained.

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