Dean Jones prefers to shop online than visit shops during the busy Christmas period.
Dean Jones prefers to shop online than visit shops during the busy Christmas period. Tom Huntley

New record for parcels as online shopping booms

A RECORD number of parcels have been sent through the post this Christmas, according to Australia Post.

It expects to deliver three million more parcels this December than it did last year and has hired 2000 more staff to handle the extra load.

At a warehouse the size of a football field in Alexandria, workers begin at 4.30am hauling parcels from vans to metal cages, on to forklifts and finally into large trucks. Three-quarters of the warehouse is given over to parcel packing and only a small section to Australia Post's traditional business of letters.

The ''parcel boom'' is happening because record numbers of Australians are shopping online, says Richard Umbers, executive general manager of parcel and express services at Australia Post.
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About 70 per cent of parcels delivered by Australia Post are ordered over the internet

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald
 



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