Australia Post (AusPost) has opened its first major dedicated parcel facility in South Australia at Adelaide Airport.
The new A$31.4m (US$23.5m) Adelaide Parcel Facility is AusPost’s biggest operational investment in South Australia (SA) to date, with a total of A$450m (US$337m) invested into the network last year. Covering more than 15,000m2 the facility can process 8,000 small and large parcels each hour and a total of around 170,000 in a day.
The new site has created more than 180 jobs, with an expected additional 100 casual team members to join in the lead up to the busy Christmas period.
This investment forms part of the company’s response to the considerable increase in demand over the past year as last December was AusPost’s biggest on record, as 52 million parcels were delivered around the country. In September alone, parcel volumes grew more than 7% in South Australia year-on-year.
Rob Clothier, head of operations SA (deliveries), AusPost, said, “We had more than 344,000 South Australian households shopping online in September and we know how busy the festive season can be after last year’s record-breaking Christmas. This new facility will help us get those high volumes of parcels moving quickly and to people’s doors faster than ever before.”