CouriersPlease trials electric delivery vehicles

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Australian parcel delivery service CouriersPlease will mark its 40th anniversary on April 28, 2023, with trials of electric delivery vehicles and a brand refresh across its website and all its marketing, depots and vans.

Alongside these vehicle trials, the company is building new depots to the Green Star standard to support its sustainability goals. CouriersPlease is continuing its expansion in 2023, with the development of its newest Green Star depot in Sydney’s Greystanes.

A subsidiary of Singapore Post (SingPost), CouriersPlease has delivered more than 30 million parcels Australia-wide and internationally in 2022. The delivery service has a network of 1,200 franchise partners and contractors covering 95% of Australia, and depots in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, the Central Coast, Newcastle, Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong.

Richard Thame, CEO of CouriersPlease, said, “The company’s franchise model has been the foundation of its impressive growth and success. We have a strong company culture, which is enhanced by the collaboration and innovation shared between franchise partners and staff. We couldn’t have achieved the level of customer growth or market expansion without them, so we’re looking forward to celebrating with all our regions this month, to thank our people and our franchise partners for their hard work over the years.

“Logistics is an ever-changing industry that’s seen enormous growth in the last three years, and we’ve had to adapt swiftly and efficiently as demands on the business change. Whether that’s a boom in online shopping, supply chain disruptions or increased fuel prices, we’ve learned to keep two steps ahead of the game. I have no doubt our people are fully equipped to take whatever challenges the next 40 years bring us.”

George Massis, CouriersPlease’s longest-serving franchise partner, joined the same year the company was established. He said, “The business model used to be based on paper coupons, which we redeemed weekly. This created a lot of paperwork for the drivers – not to mention producing a lot of waste. Things were different back then, but CouriersPlease has remained innovative and moved with the times, introducing scanners, online booking tools and quote calculators, helping drivers to manage their time more effectively, take on more customers, and offer quick and efficient service.”

Read more key sustainability updates from the parcel and postal technology industry, here.

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