Parcels put the heat on posties
STAFF at the Bundaberg Post Office are gearing up for their biggest two weeks of the year in the run-up to Christmas.
Postal manager Peter Collins said while things had been busy up until this point, the next two weeks would be positively frantic.
"Because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, we'll get the full build-up in the week before," he said.
Mr Collins said one thing staff had noticed this year was the big increase in parcel volumes because of online shopping.
"The volumes of letters are still there, but they're not the big growth area," he said.
"But there are still plenty of letters around because people still like to send Christmas cards."
Mr Collins estimated 70% of the parcels the post office delivered were now generated from online shopping.
"Since July, we've seen parcels growing at almost 13% compared to the same time last year," he said.
"Across Australia we're predicting to deliver an extra three million parcels in December this year, compared to a normal month."
Mr Collins said the Bundaberg Post Office was preparing itself for the huge surge in parcel volumes over the festive season by employing extra staff to make sure everyone received their presents before the big day.
"We recommend Bundaberg residents post early - after all, the earlier you send your Christmas cards, the more time people have to enjoy them. Plus it gives them time to arrange to send you one back," he said.
Mr Collins said the time mail took to be delivered depended on where it was going and what service was used.
"You can find out how long it should take for something to arrive at its destination by asking post office staff or on our website at ," he said.