New Zealand Post is set to dispatch its new eco-friendly delivery vehicles from June 3 in the city of New Plymouth. The postal operator will also combine the delivery of letters and parcels to residential addresses from early July, and will begin trialling a number of alternative delivery options for customers in the Taranaki region of the country.
Ashley Smout, customer service delivery chief operating officer, New Zealand Post, said, “Customers are buying goods online in numbers we’ve never seen before and our parcels business is growing. We want to give customers more choice about where and when they get their parcels.
“The new technology we’re developing will help avoid the disappointment of a missed delivery, as customers will be able to tell us in advance what they want us to do with their parcels. We’ll test the new services with selected customers over the coming months.
The new eco-vehicles will be trialled in the city as part of the posts’ introduction of its new operations.
“These three and four wheeled vehicles will be used for combined parcel and mail delivery in residential areas. We’ve tested them before in other areas and we’re now starting a full, operational pilot here in New Plymouth that will help us make decisions on a nationwide roll-out,” Smout commented.
New Zealand Post remains in close contact with the New Plymouth district council about the pilot and has been given permission to use the vehicles on the footpaths.
Andrew Judd, mayor for New Plymouth District Council, said, “It’s been exciting working with New Zealand Post to help implement their new delivery system and we’re very proud to be the first district in New Zealand to have the full rollout of the new vehicles.”
May 27, 2015