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20:02  05 january  2018
20:02  05 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The massive increase in packages, up 20 percent per day compared to 2017, reveals that many Australia's chose to do their Christmas shopping online.

Australia Post's Executive General Manager Bob Black said the postal service brought on an additional 2000 staff to ensure most packages made it to their destinations before Christmas Day.

"We made more than 37 million parcel deliveries in the four weeks leading up to Christmas, that's almost 20 percent more deliveries per day compared to last year making 2017 our biggest festive season ever," said Black.

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"In the final week before Christmas, we delivered more than 11 million parcels alone, and more than 100 million greeting cards and letters.

"Speed of delivery was a key consideration for many customers, with several days in the week before Christmas recording increases of more than 30 percent across our Premium and Express services."

Black says the shift towards retailers hosting their Boxing Day sales online means that he will have to keep support staff on well into January to help deal with demand.

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The 24-hour shopping festival, which began at midnight, has broken its own record every year since being launched in 2009, with last year 's sales It says such online shopping festivals are, in fact, more carbon-intensive than "brick-and-mortar shopping ." Such objections are, however, not likely to

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"Retailers now offer great deals online during the Boxing Day and New Year sales, which have always been popular with Australians. It's very much all hands on deck still, we're still seeing record volumes through our network due to some amazing sales," said Black.

"The competitive prices and huge range offered online means people can access a broad range of products sold in Australia and overseas, no matter where they are situated."

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said shoppers spent almost $2.4 billion on Boxing Day alone, with Roy Morgan Research revealing Australians will spend $17.9 billion between Boxing Day and January 15.

"Every year Boxing Day crowds seem to grow, however with the growth of online retail the ARA believe many Australians got their bargains online this year, with consumers choosing to click through websites to take advantage of the best sales of the year," said ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman.

"With online shopping accounting for more than 7 percent of total retail sales and looking to account for 15 percent in the next five years we believe physical retailers will not be the only retailers to receive an increase in post-Christmas sales."

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