Australia’s posties were busy right up until Christmas Eve this year, delivering more than 40 million parcels during December.

The stats, released today, show Australians’ appetite for online shopping is growing, making December the biggest month in Australia Post’s history for parcel deliveries.

The volume of parcels delivered during December 2018 was 11.7 per cent higher than the previous December off the back of ecommerce growth, strong Christmas Eve and Boxing Day sales as well as online sales events during the final weekend of November.

The busiest individual day — and Australia Post’s busiest day on record for parcel deliveries — was Monday 17 December, when three million parcels were delivered across the country. Christmas Eve was next busiest day of the month and its equal second busiest day ever with 2.7 million items arriving the day before Santa.

An extra 3000 extra staff were employed over the Christmas period across the network to handle the huge volumes.

“We made more than 40 million parcel deliveries in December, and our hardworking posties delivered more than 40 per cent of these,” said Bob Black, Australia Post chief operating officer.

Australia Post revealed last year that online purchases had grown by almost 20 per cent in 12 months and predicts one in 10 items will be bought online by 2020.

“Online shopping is building momentum as a channel of choice, where customers can make the most of online deals and choose customisable delivery options with Australia Post. This means online shoppers can buy the brands they love no matter where they live,” Black said.

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