Post staff pack a parcel or two for Christmas
AUSTRALIA Post Myrtleford staff on Monday handled a huge number of parcels – the busiest day for the year.
Rosa Gigliotti said five Express Post consignments had been trucked out of Myrtleford post office when generally there was only one per day. “We were very busy,” she said. Australia Post said Monday marked the biggest delivery day in the country’s history as more than 2.5 million parcels were delivered through the postal network.
The unprecedented volume of parcels began to build early in October as post users took advantage of pre-Christmas sales.
Australia Post chief operating officer Bob Black said record parcel volumes were being processed through major sorting facilities across the country, with more people than ever opting to have their Christmas gifts delivered to recipients’ doors.
He said the records were expected to continue throughout the week.
“Australians are shopping on-line more than ever, with an unprecedented growth rate of 15 per cent in the first half of 2017,” Mr Black said.
Myrtleford Australia Post licensee Liz Rouse agreed.
She said there had definitely been an increase in the number of on-line shopping parcels received compared with the quantity of regular parcels – which had stayed much the same.
She said on-line convenience made a popular option for Australians.
“You can really buy anything online – and people do,” she said. “They come from everywhere.” Australia Post said the leading items traversing the post network this year were homewares and appliances, toys and fashion.
Mr Black said Australia Post had also offered more flexibility this year with weekend parcel deliveries and post offices staying open longer.
MAJOR MOVE: It was a little quieter yesterday at Australia Post Myrtleford for Rosa Gigliotti, Chiarina Sacco and Kate Frankowski after staff on Monday cleared the year’s biggest volume of parcels.