With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now thrown in a week before December, the holiday shopping season starts earlier and is busier than ever. Here’s how New Zealand’s delivery network is getting your shoppers’ parcels to their doorsteps this Christmas.
NZ Post chief marketing officer, Bryan Dobson said, “Traditionally the online shopping season started much closer to Christmas, but it is now starting earlier in the year.”
New Zealanders are predicted to each spend an average of $952 this year on Christmas alone.
While some people still favour brick and mortar stores, there’s no denying the growth of online shopping with Accenture reporting that 41 percent of Kiwis said they will be doing their Christmas shopping online.
Aramex New Zealand chief executive, Scott Jenyns said that the nations deliveries for the Christmas period are estimated to be up by 33 percent on last year.
Online shopping has grown 16 percent in the past year and postal services have been improving their facilities to manage the extra deliveries and offer different options for pick-up of parcels outside of your home address.
NZ Post has made adjustments in staff and scheduling in order to get everyone’s packages to them in time for Christmas.
Dobson said, “NZ Post is expecting another record online shopping season this year and will be upping our capacity to meet the huge number of parcels that are already starting to come through our network – including 185 additional flights, 27 additional trucks, 1,500 additional delivery runs, 200 extra vans and hundreds of extra people to help us.”
In 2018, New Zealanders spent a total of $4.2 billion on online shopping which resulted in NZ Post delivering over 78 million parcels in 2018 alone.
While most postal service cut off for international orders have passed, today is the cut off for most domestic deliveries to get to customers doors by Christmas day.