[LINK] UK Royal Mail sale - AusPost outlet general retailing

Robin Whittle rw at firstpr.com.au
Fri Sep 13 01:08:10 AEST 2013

Jan wrote of the UK Royal Mail:

> I wonder if they are also experimenting with some of the digital 
> services Aussie Post is? Or turning their post offices into sundry 
> stores? I was in our local this week and saw everything from a 
> barbecue grill to a jellyfish aquarium. That is not a joke.

Today I saw at the local Australia Post outlet (formerly thought of as a
Post Office) a shelf of chocolates, jelly beans and I think bottles of
Coke.  This was between two of the three counters for serving customers.
 For years there has been shelves full of knick-nacks, impossibly
inexpensive inkjet printers, cellphones, memory cards, stationery, CDs,
DVDs etc. etc.

I guess some or most of these sweets and drinks were made in Australia,
which is not generally true of the non-postage items which cram our
"Post Offices" today.  The ubiquitous Reflex paper would be made from
local forests under questionable arrangements, such as clearfelling
established stands of trees:




So this is Australian labour and Australian forests (including those in
catchment areas) being used for Australian Paper, which is owned by the
Nippon Paper Group . . . and I recall this is the only type of paper for
sale in these Australian Government controlled "Post Offices", many of
which are privately owned and run.

  - Robin

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