Snail mail picks up pace
WHOEVER said snail mail was dying need only to ask the staff at Lismore Post Office during the Christmas rush to learn the truth.
"Australians continue to use mail as the main way to send Christmas greetings, with millions of cards sent each Christmas period," Lismore Post Office manager Glyn Harding said.
"We think people appreciate the thought and effort that goes into a Christmas card, plus it's always nice to have something you can display on the mantelpiece - you can't do that with a text message."
This month has been hectic for Lismore Post Office and it is set to get busier.
Postal workers have been expecting an unprecedented mail boom this festive period, largely due to an increase in online shopping.
"With the increasing popularity of online shopping, we're expecting a lot more Australians to buy online gifts and, as a result, expect the number of parcels sent across our network over the festive season to reach record levels," Mr Harding said.
"Over the past year we have seen the number of parcels being sent across our network increase by more than 10%.
"Seventy per cent of these (extra parcels) are a result of the online shopping boom."
Australia Post expects to deliver about 100,000 extra parcels a day this month.
Mr Harding said the amount of time a card or parcel takes to reach its destination depends on which service you use and the distance it needs to travel.
He encouraged everyone to send their parcels early.
"The earlier you send your Christmas cards, the more time your friends and family have to enjoy them, plus it gives them plenty of time to arrange to send you one back," Mr Harding said.
Because of the massive increase in sent items, he also recommended people put their return address on the back of cards and parcels.
You can find out how long things should take to arrive at their destination by calling 131 318 or going to Auspost.