AFAIK AP have an iron clad legal MONOPOLY to send and handle LETTERS.
Parcels however, are open slather.
Until a couple of years back their parcel rates were so fair and attractive, no-one would even dream of competing on that score.
Indded PARCELS in recent years is the only area AP has made money.
NOW, under Fahour's Folly, and his obscene and even increasing rates, where it literally costs more to mail a parcel cheapest ROAD method Sydney to Alice Springs, than to FLY there taking it with you same day by plane, these savvy operators can see a market niche.
Officeworks is owned by Wesfarmers.
Wesfarmers Limited is one of Australia's largest public companies and one of Australia's largest retailers. Its headquarters are in Perth, Western Australia.
Wesfarmers is the largest private employer in Australia, with more than 200,000 employees across the country. AP could not have allowed a more dangerous competitor to emerge.
They own a vast array of companies and businesses, and even if they need to LOSE money for 2 or 3 years to get traction on this, it will not bother then.
They own - Bunnings Warehouse, Coles Supermarkets, Bi-Lo, Pick 'n Pay Hypermarket, Coles Express, Coles Central, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, 1st Choice Liquor Superstore, Officeworks, Officeworks BusinessDirect, Harris Technology, Kmart, Kmart Tyre & Auto Service, Target, Curragh Queensland Mining, Wesfarmers Premier Coal, Bengalla Mining Company, Wesfarmers Insurance, Crombie Lockwood (NZ), Koukia, Blackwoods, Protector Alsafe, Bakers, Total Fasteners, Bullivants, Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety NZ, CSBP, PB Workwear, Australian Gold Reagents, Wesfarmers Kleenheat Gas, Unigas, Wesfarmers Kleenheat Elpiji, Wesfarmers LPG, Coregas, Air Liquide WA, Gresham Partners Group, Wespine Industries etc.
So moving boxes around this country they are pretty experienced at!