Posties prepare for busy Christmas

Australia Post are encouraging people to get onto their Christmas shopping early this year, to ensure that all deliveries make it on time. Pic: UNSPLASH 255789_01

By Gabriella Payne

For most of us, Christmas shopping is usually left until the last minute – but if you’ve got presents to send people, you might want to get in early this year!

Our posties have been under the pump throughout the pandemic and this Christmas, they’re bracing for even busier times.

Australia Post is currently helping people to plan ahead for what is expected to be its busiest-ever festive season and due to the anticipated high demand, domestic delivery deadlines have been announced for the Christmas period.

With parcel volumes already setting records in 2021, this December is predicted to surpass last year’s 52 million parcels and customers are encouraged to send their presents and Christmas cards as early as they can, to give them the best chance of reaching loved ones in time.

Australia Post Executive General Manager, Business and Government Gary Starr, said preparations for the peak season were already well underway, including recruiting more than 4000 Christmas casual team members – a record for the organisation.

“We’re seeing record parcel volumes with more than 5.9 million households shopping online a month – that’s more than half of all Australian households, and it’s showing no signs of slowing as we head into the online sales season and Christmas,” Mr Starr said.

“That is why we’ve planned ahead with extra air freight capacity, weekend deliveries and recruitment of thousands of new team members to ramp up our delivery services, parcel sorting and customer care, and we’ll be delivering right up until Christmas Eve.”

For most sending within Australia, the key dates to remember to send parcels by are Monday 13 December for Parcel Post and Monday 20 December for Express Post.

For some locations, including Perth, Darwin and outside of metro areas, the team at Australia Post recommend sending gifts earlier and checking their website for details.

Christmas cards should be sent by Thursday 16 December and customers sending overseas are encouraged to do so as soon as possible as cut-off dates vary depending on the destination.

Mr Starr said that the more prepared Christmas shoppers were this festive season, the easier it would be to ensure everyone was smiling come Christmas Day.

“We encourage people to make a note of these important delivery dates, because although we’ll deliver items sent after these dates as quickly as we can, they may not arrive until after Christmas,” he said.

The Australia Post app is the best way to keep across deliveries, choose the best place to receive parcels, and to stay updated about impacts to the network.

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