Brisbane posties are set to pilot a new three-wheel electric delivery vehicle that will allow them to deliver more small parcels than ever before as Australia’s e-commerce sales remain strong.
From this week Australia Post’s new e-vehicle will service Coorparoo, Woolloongabba and East Brisbane over an eight week period. The e-vehicle has three times the parcel carrying capacity of the current postie motorbike and can hold up to 100 small parcels and 1,200 letters at a time.
The e-vehicles are already successfully used in Germany and Switzerland, with international postal authorities seeing benefits including greater carrying capacity, improved rider safety and lower vehicle emissions.
Brisbane is a perfect city for the next phase of the electric delivery vehicle rollout with locals increasingly embracing online shopping, and more small parcels being delivered than ever before, according to Australia Posts’ Queensland state manager Angela Creedon.
“We know that residents in Brisbane love online shopping. In fact, the yearly growth rate in the area is over eight per cent,” said Creedon. “Fashion, books, health and beauty products and recreational goods are the most popular purchases among local residents.”
Australia Post’s parcels business generates over 70% of our total revenue; ten years ago parcels contributed less than 25% of its revenue.
“As our business transforms so too are the jobs that our workforce are doing. A few years ago we equipped our posties so they can deliver small parcels and this latest initiative will allow them to deliver even more – helping to ensure their roles remain meaningful well into the future.
Australia Post says that while letter volumes have nearly halved, this is another example of how the company is looking at ways to keep its posties delivering for Australians, as well as servicing the online retail market in Australia.
The pilot comes off the back of Australia Post announcing a $197 million before-tax half-year profit, driven largely by a 5.7 % volume growth in the parcels business and postal losses reduced to breakeven.