Australia Post has announced it will start  delivering the new secure digital mailboxes to customers in the next few months, after the earlier trial launch of the mailbox five months back.

Are they going to convince Australians to give up their free mailboxes from Hotmail and Google to use Australia Posts mailboxes?.  Businesses will have to pay to use the Digital mailboxes. Are Facebook going to pay?  No. Are thousands of other websites going to pay? No. So people will have to keep another email address anyway. Are people who may use their mail to register with dozens of different sites going to change their email addresses at all those sites to an Australia Post digital mailbox address? Not likely.

Chief executive Ahmed Fahour said the free digital mailboxes would allow Australians to get mail from governments and businesses and choose their banking over a secure website.

“This is effectively you letterbox, your filing cabinet and your bank account but seamlessly blended in a protected online environment,” he told a Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch in Sydney on Thursday.

“We have hundreds of our staff members trialling it with business customers and you hope to launch this in coming months to all Australians.”

Australia Post (which is a government monopoly) would also additionally be rolling out a bit more of their 24/7 parcel lockers in coming months.

CEO of Australia Post Ahmed said there had been already 50 of the lockers across the country and Australia Post hoped to have a further 200 within the next couple of years.

“The idea is that we’re focused on is that 75 per cent of the population will be located within a 10 minute travel time, either from work or at home, of these lockers,” he replied.

CEO Ahmed replied Australia Post had been benefiting from an increased number of parcel deliveries due to the expanding popularity of Internet shopping as traditional post volumes further decline. However Australia Post has cut out Express Post deliveries to Northern Tasmania.

“Over the last three years our parcel volume has grown by 10 per cent per annum driven by online shopping,” he said.

While some Australian retailers complained about losing sales to overseas shopping websites, Australia Post CEO Ahmed said many internet based purchases are from local companies and suppliers.

“Three out of four items purchased by Australians online are purchased on domestic sites despite all the rhetoric about global,” he said.

Australia Post launched their online Digital Mailbox in October 2012 as part of the government-owned company’s $2 billion investment in digitising its delivery and communications mail network.

Service providers that have signed up with the online post service offer AMP, Telstra, Westpac, ANZ and National Australia Bank.

Australia Post invested millions of dollars in Australia Post billpay that was a total failure. It was launched in 2000 and closed in 2007. The Australia Post digital mailbox is another attempt to get a slice of the payments pie that Australia Post never got with the failure of POSTBillpay. It is likely to be another failure.

Australia Post digital mailbox an attempt to revive the failed online POSTbillpay service

Australia Post digital mailbox an attempt to revive the failed online POSTbillpay service