NEWS RELEASE: AN POST IS CURBING COMPETITION: RGDATA TELLS COMPETITION AUTHORITY
RGDATA, the representative body for the independent retail grocery sector in Ireland, has made a complaint to the Competition Authority regarding an order by An Post to its retailer network, to stop providing services from other parties which compete with services offered by An Post.
In a letter to its retailer network, An Post threatens recipients with a termination of their contract with An Post if they continue to provide these services, including, electronic top ups, bill payment services and mail services.
"RGDATA believes that this correspondence and the threat/sanction that it proposes represents an abuse of dominance by An Post and is a clear attempt by An Post to restrict competition, innovation and choice to the detriment of consumers and competitors," said Tara Buckley, Director General, RGDATA.
This letter has caused significant concern among retailers who have a contract with An Post given that some have contracts with other providers who offer services that are not provided by An Post or its subsidiary PostPoint. For example it is not possible for such retailers to access services to sell Leap Cards, gas cards and ESB top ups.
The Competition Authority has assigned a reference number to the complaint and must now revert to RGDATA with its findings.