Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.
I had no idea either. Thanks for informing us.
Yep. Tony Jones often does quite well but his shirt/tie combination was absymal. "Looks like a Xavier uniform" said my wife.
Oh is this the nice old guy with the short grey hair, slightly balding, probably about 60 and softly spoken? If it's him, he's awesome. Had a good chat about suits and the decline of dress standards in Australia with him. Mentioned I was going to Thailand and he joking told me to avoid the ladyboys and not get into too much trouble! Never had that level of banter with a shopkeeper in Australia before. Really good. Must have spent a good hour in there having a no-pressure browse. Worth a look during a lunch break.
He used to come in to Robby Ingham and buy Paul Smith suits off me when I worked there. Almost always black. Quite a huge man too.
I can't help but think the preference for black (or midnight) suits is a TV requirement. More contrast (like those silent movies where they painted their lips blue).
Nothing worse than someone on the telly in a beautiful PoW check that looks like a strobing mess and induces epilepsy in the viewers.
Thanks Naka. I have used Tess in the past but think this type of job is too much for her. I haven't used Brisbane City Alterations before (although my girlfriend has) and think it'd be too much for them too. In fact, Ethan doesn't recommend that I get a new buttonhole cut anywhere in Australia, as usually it will be done by machine. I might save the job for when I have a good stretch of time in the UK.
This will slow some of youse down a bit
The buzz surrounding parcel locker systems is heating up, with a company led by entrepreneur Mark Bouris now securing two key partnerships in its attempt to roll out the lockers after it failed to win a contract with Australia Post.
It's a timely expansion. More businesses are becoming fed up with the huge number of personal parcels being sent through their corporate mail rooms, as employees are choosing to receive products at work rather than home.
For many businesses, including Telstra, it's become such a big problem that managers are cracking down on the practice.
"We use the mail room predominantly for business purposes, and if we identify people abusing the system we just make sure they know what our policy is," a spokesperson told SmartCompany.
"We're updating our acceptable use policy to make sure employees know what they should be using the mail room for."
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Fairfax has also reported other businesses, including NAB, have started limiting the number of parcels being sent through the mail room.
"At least 60% of all courier items currently received are not work-related, which equates to around 50 pieces of mail each day," the head of the company's wealth division reportedly told staff in an email.
"This is unacceptable and I ask that all future personal items are directed to your home address."
This overflow is exactly why Telstra says it will welcome any chance to ease its parcel burdens.
"We understand the difficulties of having to receive packages, so we'd welcome anything that will make it easier," the spokesperson said.
The situation in the company mail room bodes well for TZ. This morning it announced two new agreements with eCommerce logistics and delivery companies Temando and ParcelPoint to help roll out its parcel locker strategy.
Executive chairman Mark Bouris, who stepped in to lead the company after it lost the Australia Post contract, says the partnerships are the "first of several enabling partnerships we are pursuing".
"Last mile fulfilment is a cause of frustration for carriers, retailers and consumers and ParcelPoint is at the forefront of building solutions to address this issue. As we rollout our network of more convenient parcel pick-up locations, we see that lockers will form a key part of our proposition."
TZ isn't the only company which has spotted the opportunity. Last month Toll announced a partnership that will allow consumers to pick up products from Victorian newsagents.
Australia Post is also working on its own parcel locker strategy. The idea has become more popular as "failed delivery" becomes more commonplace – workers simply aren't at home to receive parcels during business hours and have to wait until the weekend, clogging up post office mail rooms.
I've had fronts recut at tess fwiw, although Neyus & I pinned it all up prior.
I think all this noise from employers is a bit of BS really. I work in a 36 level building, with let's just say 150 people on each floor. So that's approximately 5,400 people in the building. In the lobby there are about 4 people on the concierge desk collecting parcels and then sending emails out to everybody with deliveries.
If I want to collect deliveries at home, I have to take time off regardless whether I have to sign for it, or collect it from the Post Office during business hours. Let's say its an hour I have to take off, and apply that to the whole building; that's potentially 5,400 hours of lost productivity for the employer. Most deliveries in my building occur around 10am (Australia Post delivereies, I am assuming), and then some dregs during the day (couriers, I assume).
Wouldn't it make sense to throw on a couple more staff on the concierge desk even if it's only part time during the morning peak?
My local post office only opens on weekdays from 9am to 5pm so if I have to collect a parcel, I either have to work from home, go in late to work or leave early.
As an employer, no, it would not make sense. Why should I pay for your private activities? Can I use your garage as my warehouse? This would reduce my costs, and will result in lower prices for you.
Modern day self entitlement attitudes are getting out of hand.
/end of MY rant/
Is noone else in on the Aus Post parcel locker free trial...?
taken out of context, yeah it looks bad.
however some extra parcels for the receptionists to collect every day isn't too difficult to manage.
modern day self entitlement, perhaps, but it was bound to happen eventually with globalisation.
easy practical way to improve morale & reduce absenteeism (turn up at work and you get to collect your shit) without much cost.
bad move on telstra's part imo.
To be honest if my work say I can't get anything personal delivered to work , I will just take sick day to collect my *hits. I also work at a 40 level building. There is a mail room at the loading dock with 3-4 staffs. Don't think its that much of extra work for them. I do see a lot of asos bags there every time I go down to mail room ! I just hope all the people in my building don't get crazy and start forwarding personal items to work. I also have a po box 2 minutes from work. But fedex/dhl don't deliver to po boxes and many us sties only use dhl/fedex . Anyway will have to wait and see ......
Have you had the chance to observe or manage a corporation's mail room?
Yeah, right, like the self entitled will quit their jobs en masse because of mail room deprivation. The ones that lose morale over this are exactly the ones I like to leave.
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