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Howard Hughes
4th Sep 2011, 06:39
I may be a Dinosaur, but I got a 75th Anniversary Gregorys street directory for Fathers day, sadly this will be the last printed edition!:{

http://www.nrmaonlineshop.com.au/images/Product/large/545.jpg

Anything you love that is now no longer around due to 'progress'?

troppo
4th Sep 2011, 07:34
Playboy magazine in hardcopy is fading. Internet porn has ruined it :}
I wouldn't want to own a post shop, travel agent or video shop as the basic premise of their business is or has been overtaken by the interent e.g. email, budget airlines and piracy/high speed internet

Howard Hughes
4th Sep 2011, 08:46
Shame...the 'articles' were great!:E

Record shop?

Windy Militant
4th Sep 2011, 11:16
Not so romantic, but it looks as if Fairy Kitchen Soap has gone the way of things.
One of the few things that did what it was meant to and about the only thing that would shift the dirt off my hands after a day working as a welder and occasional diesel fitter without ripping my skin off!. It removed ground in dirt on collars and cuffs on shirts and lasted for yonks!
:(

Storminnorm
4th Sep 2011, 11:25
Do they still make Palmolive soap?

Take that in your Palmolive!!
Not on your Lifebouy!!!

Nose wheel first
4th Sep 2011, 11:58
You can still get Palmolive soap in Aust and NZ... don't know where else. Lifebouy as far as I can remember hasn't been around for years!

vulcanised
4th Sep 2011, 12:53
Fairy Toilet Soap has also all but vanished. You won't find it in the shops but there's some at inflated prices if you Google.

G-CPTN
4th Sep 2011, 14:03
The name 'toilet soap' always puzzled me as a child - still does I suppose.

RJM
4th Sep 2011, 14:11
I wouldn't want to own a post shop, travel agent or video shop as the basic premise of their business is or has been overtaken by the interent e.g. email, budget airlines and piracy/high speed internet

There may be some light ahead for Australia Post, and other postal services I assume. Sorry for the long paste, but it sets the situation out well, There are some interesting figures in it:

From The Australian 2/9/11

NEXT month's Australia Post annual report will show whether Ahmed Fahour has gained any traction and kept his head above water in what seems a losing battle, as his main business slows dramatically.

The good news is that for the first time in four years, revenues have grown more than expenses. But heading into the 2011 results, profits over the past few years have slumped from $432.2 million in 2008 to $89.5m last year while revenues fell from $4.9 billion to $4.8bn.

The market dynamics are well known, with mail items sent last year increasing from 4.8 billion to five billion in 2001. (2011? - RJM)

Over the same period, text-message volume has increased sixfold and emails by a factor of 80.

One part of Fahour's strategy is to leverage the internet and the obvious boom in online shopping.

Traditionally, online shopping in Australia lagged because broadband speeds were slow and prices high thanks to the Telstra stranglehold. Older people didn't understand it and retailers didn't feel the need.

In varying degrees, much of that has changed, but Fahour wants to hasten the change.

Last year his letters division lost $176.1m on $2.7bn in revenue, the parcel division made $156.4m on $1.3bn revenue and the agency business made $78.9m on $712m in revenues.

This is a high fixed cost, low margin business, so the more Fahour can embrace e-commerce the better.

One of the problems with parcel delivery is knowing when people are at home, so to make life easier, Australia Post is about to launch its Smart Locker program.

When you order something online, you nominate whether you want it left in a locker bank, a central clearing depot or at home. The lockers will be at the regional mail centres, as will be the personal pick-up, and pin numbers will be provided to enter the lockers. To get around people's fear of providing credit card details online, Australia Post has specially designed online shopping cards, issued by Visa, with limited funds and no link to you or your bank account, so if a shyster does get hold of the card, the potential loss is limited.

The cards can be recharged, and each time Australia Post picks up $3.95 for the service. The aim is to facilitate online shopping so more people get more boxes and higher margin revenue for Australia Post. His digital transformation included last year's release of an iPhone App that now has 700,000 users.

The app, which allows you to deal with the post office, is the most popular free business application in Australia.

Another leg is to leverage the 4400 shops in its network and a brand name which ranks second only to the Salvation Army in Australia.

Fahour wants to make the post office the centre of each suburb, town and city, which is why he is grabbing as much identity management work as he can. This includes issuing passports and tax file numbers and providing bank branch services for the likes of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank's Rural Bank and ING Direct.

He is bullish while aware of the challenges ahead.

At least he only has one shareholder to worry about.

dazdaz1
4th Sep 2011, 20:55
Nothing like a good cold shower at 5am, good lather on the body using carbolic soap and a crisp towel. That'll sort the buggers out. Err forgot the original topic.

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Howard Hughes
4th Sep 2011, 23:05
I liked where the thread was heading (porn), then all you clean living folks came along...:}

Worrals in the wilds
4th Sep 2011, 23:16
Is your google broken? It's not like the internet is short of porn. ;)
I may be a Dinosaur, but I got a 75th Anniversary Gregorys street directory for Fathers day, sadly this will be the last printed edition!http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/boohoo.gifThat's sad. I like printed street maps that don't talk back or assume local knowledge and pick a 'shortest route' that sends you and your MX5 down a 30km precipitous goat track that's barely fit for a Landcruiser driven by Jack Absolom, because some wally in the transport department once mistakenly gazetted the Sheepshagger Track as a public road... Hopefully UBD will be in business for a little while longer, and I personally like Hema's Truckies' Atlas :ok:.

Australia Post has one of the longest running EBA disputes in Australian IR history, so I don't know if it's all fun and games there. From memory they've been in negotiations for over five years now.

Rule3
4th Sep 2011, 23:40
Lifebuoy and Palmolive still available here.

Arm out the window
5th Sep 2011, 00:57
Lifebouy was never around; Lifebuoy, on the other hand...

or as our American friends might say, Lifebooey.

Slasher
5th Sep 2011, 01:05
Can one still get these?

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSanq7rvBglnLUMefggsf-EgKHZmB1dQCTchl6QYOsVdvTZUOtvgA http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmuaYUTkBFe5jNx_aYbSi9E2cCkjdBxeHoQn4pwI0 PZuA3RpTg

11Fan
5th Sep 2011, 02:00
I still keep a picture of my Pride and Joy handy....

http://www.carvertools.com/tpierce/pridepi.jpg

Worrals in the wilds
5th Sep 2011, 05:52
Lux is still alive and well in Australia, anyway. The pink variety smells rather alarming but the others are decent.
Haven't seen Persil around, but I may not have noticed it.

TWT
5th Sep 2011, 09:24
I think Persil disappeared around the same time as Craven A's

Worrals in the wilds
5th Sep 2011, 10:50
Craven A are still available if you hunt around a bit.

Rule3
5th Sep 2011, 11:20
In the Middle East we are a little behind the times.
We still have Lifebuoy, Palmolive, Lux and Persil.

Howard Hughes
5th Sep 2011, 11:42
In the Middle East we are a little behind the times.
We still have Lifebuoy, Palmolive, Lux and Persil.
But do the locals ever use them?:E

beaufort1
5th Sep 2011, 13:26
Still have Persil and Wright's Coal Tar soap (proper man soap that is)out here in the Crown Dependencies. :rolleyes:

G-CPTN
5th Sep 2011, 13:51
I was surprised to discover that Camay soap was introduced back in 1926.
I imagined that it was 'new' in the 1960s when they were advertising it at 9 guineas per ounce.

GroundedSLF
5th Sep 2011, 13:53
Sorry - thought this was a thread about Bob Crow...