Post staff pack a par­cel or two for Christ­mas

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

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.

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