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NZ Post launches express courier app By Fiona Donnellan

New Zealand Post has this week launched a new web-based app that lets customers book urgent parcel deliveries from their smartphones. The app which is called At Pace is targeted at tradespeople who may need supplies delivered at short notice. New Zealand Post General Manager for At Pace Michael Stewart says the newest addition to Courier Post’s express courier service is about saving small businesses time and money. “Our At Pace couriers do the legwork so project managers and their teams

don’t have to lay down their tools and head off site every time an urgent supply issue arises. To make an order customers key in a few basic details. This includes pick up and drop off points and their preferred speed of service, which determines the cost,” Michael Stewart says. PLS Consulting Project Manager Phil Stewart has been using At Pace and commented that “Rather than sending one of my guys off-site I use At Pace. It means supply issues don’t have to disrupt our day, and the team is on the job, in front of the client all day. I’ve added all my regular suppliers to the app and they’re impressed with the

speed and efficiency of the service. I’ve recommended it to other builders and my architect is on board as well.” New Zealand Post say they developed the app with small businesses in mind. “We know that there are around 28,000 trade businesses across the country, more than half of which employ fewer than five staff. These teams don’t always have access to printers and personal assistants so it was about designing a service that delivers supplies urgently, without a ton of administration,” says Mr Stewart.  For more on the app check out www. at-pace.nz.

Girls to lead the way at GirlGuiding New Zealand GirlGuiding New Zealand is determined to shake-up and transform the organisation into one led by its girl members. National President Sonia Faulkner told the organisation’s annual National Conference that the Board would work with members to transform GirlGuiding into a “girl-led” movement relevant in the lives of modern Kiwi girls. “It’s time we allowed the girls to lead the way. We will move from being a girl-focused organisation to one which is girl-led, where girls confidently and knowledgeably speak out on issues important and relevant to them.”

As is the case with similar movements worldwide, numbers of girls have been on the decline. GirlGuiding New Zealand currently has a national girl membership of approximately 9,000, down from 12,000 in 2008. The ambition is to push membership back up to 15,000 or more by 2020. “Volunteers and management will be there to support and facilitate the things the girls want to do, rather than setting out how everything should be done. This will let the girls get on with experiencing all the great things that GirlGuiding offers - learning, adventures, camaraderie and community spirit.”

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POST APP: Phil Stewart PLA Consulting and Mike Stewart of NZ Post launch new app called ‘At Pace’ this week. PHOTO: Supplied

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