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‘Busiest Christmas ever’: Australia Post delivering two million parcels per day

Friday, 15 December 2017
By Print21

Australia Post is expecting its ‘busiest Christmas ever’, with online purchases driving a surge in parcel deliveries. The national mail carrier is delivering more than two million parcels per day, or 2700 per minute, at its peak this holiday season.

However, don’t expect any news on the state of commercial and personal mail this season. Amazingly, a spokesperson told Print21 that Australia Post was unable to say how many letters were going through the system. He said the figure of two million parcels per day was intended to highlight the popularity of the company’s parcel services and no full breakdown of letters was available.

Australia Post also announced expanded delivery options over Christmas, including weekend deliveries and extended trading hours, as well as parcel pick up options from parcels and letters facilities.

With American e-commerce giant Amazon launching in Australia earlier this month, a survey of more than 2000 Australia Post customers revealed that more than half of respondents planned to buy gifts online to avoid the crowds. Ben Franzi, manager for e-commerce at Australia Post, (right) said toys and games were the most popular category of gifts at 35 percent of total spend, followed by fashion and jewellery at 27 percent. “More Australians are shopping online than ever – with purchases surging 15 per cent in the past 12 months – because it offers choice, range and convenience,” he said.

In a separate statement, Australia Post announced that it was laying on extra capacity to keep up with demand, and that 95.6 per cent of parcels were delivered on time or early in the last financial year. Our posties and delivery drivers work hard to deliver the vast majority of parcels on time or early across the country, consistently exceeding our targets, the statement read.

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One Response to “‘Busiest Christmas ever’: Australia Post delivering two million parcels per day”

  1. December 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm,

    Fred
    said:

    It’s great for Australia Post, but I bet that many customers won’t get their stuff in time.
    They might do great business, but I have never experienced them be so slow with deliveries!
    Therefore I avoid them as much as I can!

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