Posties in sea­sonal over­drive

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - SO­PHIE ELSWORTH

NEARLY three mil­lion Christ­mas parcels will be de­liv­ered to homes and busi­nesses to­mor­row in the busiest day in the 209-year his­tory of Aus­tralia Post.

Posties, driv­ers and par­cel sorters have moved into over­drive to en­sure Aus­tralia’s shop­pers and gift givers have their goods de­liv­ered in time for Christ­mas at up to 11½ mil­lion lo­ca­tions.

And this week­end will be manic for posties who are ex­pected to de­liver more than 650,000 parcels – the busiest week­end on record.

Week­end de­liv­er­ies have been in­tro­duced in the run-up to Christ­mas across the na­tion, in­clud­ing in metropoli­tan and re­gional cities.

Aus­tralia Post’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Bob Black, said some driv­ers had each de­liv­ered more than 400 parcels a day to cope with the mas­sive in­flux in the fi­nals weeks be­fore Christ­mas.

Aus­tralia Post ex­pects to de­liver more than 40 mil­lion parcels this month, up from 37 mil­lion parcels de­liv­ered in De­cem­ber last year.

They have also hired an ad­di­tional 3000 staff dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod.

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