See you tomorrow, postie
So much shopping, and so many websites. What’s a girl to do with her time in spring?
THERE’S a sassy toot in the driveway, the sliding of a van door and an exasperated face coming up the front steps with a neatly packed parcel under his arm – it’s the postie and it’s the third time I’ve seen him this week.
Sometimes he has little pink box, that weighs no more than five grams, with a fresh set of false eyelashes inside. Other times it’s a hat box too wide to fit through the doorway, but most of the time a brown paper parcel has some shoes or an outfit from either a favourite Australian designer or a US department store.
The relationships I have formed with the multiple postmen and postwomen who frequent my house is a tested one. One young man in particular makes my deliveries when he knows I am home in the afternoon and if my routine has changed, I can expect to find my delivery hidden neatly on the patio.
Another, who I am yet to meet in person, leaves packages conveniently in the middle of the driveway. It is not appreciated.
When I can I often catch a glimpse inside the postie van and see the hundreds and hundreds of boxes, bags and packages stacked up inside. It’s impossible to think all those parcels will end up in the recipients’ hands that same day. It’s impossible to think some of them were thousands of kilometres away, even overseas, just a day or so ago. What’s inside them? A gift, a toaster, new season gem and pearl bead encrusted with a hand-painted porcelain heel Dolce & Gabbana pumps fresh from the atelier in Italy? Who knows.
What strikes me time and time again, is there never seems to be any fewer parcels in the van. While our bills, letters and cards have almost all been transferred to email form, we are increasingly shopping online. The orders keep coming and so do the parcels. In the busiest month of the year, December, Australia Post posties deliver up to 37 million parcels. It’s the largest retail business in Australia and if people like me keep ordering at the rate we do, it’s only going to get bigger.
Australians spent $21.3 billion online last year and Ipswich has one of the highest category growth rates in online shopping for homewares and appliances, with year-on-year growth exceeding 38 per cent.
In fact, consumers are so addicted to online shopping, Australia Post is building the largest parcel facility and delivery centre in the southern hemisphere to cope with demand. Happily, the 50,000sq m distribution and sorting centre is due to open in Redbank by Christmas next year.
Up to 700,000 parcels will travel through the centre every day. It is expected more than 500 people will work at the centre in a $200 million boost to the economy.
It’s nice to think a consumer-driven industry, that is entirely dependent on a real person having a real job, is so successful. It’s nice to think posties are in demand. It’s nice to think how many people are happy to see their postie trotting up the driveway every day with something exciting to give us.
PARCELS OF JOY: Oh the joys of buying fashion online and the thrill of seeing them arrive. It’s not exactly like being a kid at Christmas, but it’s pretty darn close.