28th of August 2020 - Important update about our Parcel deliveries (Australia Post)
Over the last three weeks, Australia Post has experienced a significant increase in demand as Victorians have increased their online buying due to stage 4 lockdowns. So much so, that our parcel volumes in Victoria for August are up approximately 150% year-on-year compared to the national average of 90%.
At the same time, our business has been required to make additional adjustments in our processing and deliveries workforce to comply with the State Government's COVID safe restrictions.
From the very start of the pandemic, we have been clear that our strategy has been to protect our people, serve our customers and safeguard the business.
Safety of our people is not-negotiable and the current situation in Victoria, with massive volumes and severe congestion in our network, has us at a point of concern for the safety of our workforce.
To make sure we can still safely deliver for your customers, the following changes are immediately necessary:
No Weekend Collections in Victoria
There will be no collections in Victoria this weekend – the last pickup for the week will be Friday 28 August 2020 by 8pm and the next collection will be Monday 31 August 2020 commencing from 5am.
Victoria destined Parcels
With the massive demand and workforce capacity constraints, we foresee an additional 3 day delay for deliveries in Victoria. This is both within and into Victoria.
This means, any lodgements made in other States destined for Victoria may be held in those States for up to 3 business days to allow Victoria to work through the present demand.
For deliveries across Australia, we recommend at least the following lodgement dates for delivery before Father's Day on Sunday 6 September 2020:
- Parcel Post and letters – Friday 28 August 2020
- Express Post parcels – Monday 31 August 2020
For items lodged after these dates, whilst we will try our best, we do not expect to be able to meet delivery for Father's Day.
We will keep you updated regularly over the next few weeks and anticipate reviewing the situation in line with the easing of level 4 restrictions.
We appreciate the implications of these decisions and want to assure you we are doing our very best within these extremely challenging times.
I'm sure you can appreciate we cannot compromise the safety of our people and I appreciate your ongoing support as we work through this together.
Executive General Manager,
Business, Government and International
12th of August 2020 - Update on Australia Post operations for Melbourne
Following my update on 7 August, I am pleased to share that we have worked with the Victorian Government and our Post Offices will remain open and operations in regional Victoria will operate as normal.
Our posties and drivers will remain on the road, however we are splitting their shifts, and taking further COVID safety measures which will reduce on road delivery time.
For our distribution centres in metropolitan Melbourne (including StarTrack), we will have a 10 per cent daily workforce reduction (33 per cent during peak times), coupled with split shifts in a COVID-safe environment, ensuring cleaning between shifts and a COVID Safe Plan.
All these requirements come into effect tomorrow, 11 August, 2020.
Our operations nation-wide will be supporting Victoria during this period. Under these circumstances we have had to make some difficult decisions on options for you, our customers, and our priority will be to make sure that essential services, such as medicine, are available to keep our most vulnerable members of the community safe.
This is not to say that any one business is more important than another and I want to assure you we are fully committed to work with you through this.
There are some additional callouts during these restrictions I want to share and seek your support on:
- From this Wednesday 12 August 2020, we will only accept Parcel Post consignments with at least 2 flat surfaces and greater than 16kgs or any one dimension of a carton exceeding 70cm if it is presented by senders as a State break. Anything that does not meet these requirements must be segregated and presented in individual batches by State. This excludes Flat Satchels, Express Post and lodgements at Post Offices.
- All Unaddressed Mail Service (UMS) can be lodged and delivered everywhere across Australia apart from UMS to be delivered to the metro-Melbourne stage 4 restriction area. Any UMS already booked for this week and next week for metro-Melbourne will be honoured on a best endeavours basis and future bookings will be reviewed on the basis of capacity.
- Please check the receiver is open before sending to save time and costs on returns.
Our Business Hubs and/or local depots will not be available in metro-Melbourne to support lodgements or collections so I remind you to please reach out to your Account Manager, local Post office or call 13POST who can provide support to your business throughout this period.
We are focussed on continuing to adapt our operations and are prepared in our Victorian sites to deliver the best possible service for our customers over this restricted period.
Our priority is always the safety of our people and the community, and we're closely following Australian Government advice on managing COVID-19 in all our facilities and our delivery network.
We remain fully committed to continuing delivery throughout our network as safely and quickly as possible and we hope you understand that these additional restrictions may result in increased delays for your customers.
In some cases, we're having to process and deliver from an alternate location and your customers may notice when tracking their parcel, that it is coming from a different location to what they are used to.
We are very thankful to the Victorian Government for their consideration and support and will continue to work with them during this difficult time, to ensure our community receives the essential services and items they need in a timely fashion.
We will keep you updated if we experience any disruptions resulting from COVID-19 at auspost.com.au.
Thank you for your ongoing support and patience during these challenging times.
Executive General Manager,
Business, Government and International
17th of July 2020
To my valued customers,
As the General Manager of RecoveryPRO, I write to you today to express my sincere apologies in the recent display of poor customer service that my team has shown. I am sorry that you did not receive your package as promptly as you expected. We experienced an unusually large number of orders along with ongoing issues with our shipments which has disrupted our normal delivery schedule. To serve you better and faster, I have looked into expanding our staff. Hopefully in a few weeks time after their training has been completed, we will be able to resume our professional working conditions and ethics.
Thank you for your phone call and emails informing us that you had not received your shipment and again, I apologise for the delay. By the end of this next, the majority of Division 1 and 2 pre-orders should have all been delivered and received. I regret the inconvenience this may have caused and will ensure
In the future better procedures and protocols are enforced to enhance your experience with us.
To rectify the current situation, the technical team is currently modifying the tracking page to ensure that each customer is able to accurately track their item. This improvement will hopefully be completed by the beginning of next week. A link will be available shortly on our website that will allow a seamless return for our customers who have ordered a pre-order unit.
Below this letter, you will find 2 links that will direct you to the Tracking Page and the Return&Exchange Page. Should you wish to do either, please scroll down and click on the link to be redirected.
As a team, we appreciate your business and will make every effort in the future to keep you up to date and have more transparency in Pre-Orders. I appreciate everyone who has made me aware of the situation and I can not thank you enough for the feedback regarding this situation. On behalf of the entire team here at RecoveryPRO, I extend my sincerest apologies for the inconveniences caused and hope that we are able to continue to serve you as a retailer in future.
9th of June 2020 - All Shipping Carriers are experiencing a slight delay due to the influx of orders worldwide. Our team is getting your orders out as quickly as possible.
To our valued customers,
This is an unprecedented time. Right now, we are currently open and we will continue to ship your orders as normal.
It is possible that some orders may be delayed due to the slow down of shipping carriers across the nation. We will do everything we can to continue printing and shipping your items as normal.
We ask for your kindness & patience. Orders might be delayed due to circumstances beyond our control, but know that we are doing everything we can to take care of both our team and our amazing customers.
Thank you so much for supporting small businesses during this time.We are extremely blessed and can't thank you enough for your kindness and support during this time.
Recovery PRO Team