Australia Post is working around the clock to deliver parcels after a weekend of massive online sales and with a record holiday season looming.
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, Monday is expected to be the biggest parcel delivery day on record with more than three million parcels set to be received.
Australia Post has already delivered more than 40 million parcels in November.
“Our people have worked incredibly hard all year, demonstrating agility and resilience to manage volumes we would traditionally have had months to prepare for,” Australia Post Executive General Manager Deliveries Rod Barnes said.
Barnes said Australia Post is hiring 5000 extra people and getting more delivery vehicles on the road to help with the Christmas postal rush.
“In a challenging year, we have continued to find ways to improve our service, with more than 60 new or repurposed facilities to support additional parcel processing and retail parcel pick up locations,” Barnes said.
“We also have new automation coming online right across the country in the lead up to the Christmas period to deliver for our customers.
“We’re hiring 5000 extra people to help deliver for our customers across the country, have chartered 18 freighter flights, and will have 3000 extra vehicles on the road.
“Temporary regulatory relief has enabled the upskilling of 2700 posties including 2000 now delivering in vans, so we are ready to get a record number of parcels to their destinations and spread Christmas cheer for Australians everywhere.”
Australia Post has warned customers to get in early to avoid any disappointment in delivering gifts this year.
The deadline for sending parcels within Australia is December 12 for normal post, while the Express Post deadline is December 19.
The cut-off date for sending a parcel via standard delivery overseas has already passed but the Express Delivery deadline is December 2.