Australia Post to Build $82 Million Parcel Facility in Perth to Meet eCommerce Demand
As part of its commitment to meeting the changing needs of consumers and businesses in Perth, Australia Post is building a parcel facility in Perth to keep up with the strong demand generated by online shopping.
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With a floor space of 23,000 square meters, the new purpose-built facility is larger than the playing field of Optus Stadium, with a state-of-the-art automated sortation system that is capable of processing 14,000 parcels per hour on the first day.
The first phase of the project, due to be operational by Christmas 2022, has been designed with future scalability in mind, potentially being able to process up to 23,000 parcels per hour.
The new facility will be located in Welshpool near the existing Perth Parcel Centre site and Welshpool Business Hub and will include an onsite parcel distribution center to get parcels into customers’ hands even faster.
Rodney Boys, acting Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia Post, said the $82 million commitment was part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to meet the growing demand for eCommerce.
“Following last year’s investment of $450 million, Australia Post continues to invest to meet the phenomenal growth of 30.8 percent year on year in online shopping with Australians spending more than $50 billion online last year,” Mr. Boys said.
Australia Post Investment to Manage Continued Growth in Western Australia
Almost one million households in Western Australia shopped online in the last 12 months to 31 August 2021. The new facility will assist Australia Post to manage the continuing growth not just in Western Australia, but throughout its network.
“The high-speed sorting machinery and automation at this new facility will allow parcels to be processed faster and provide our customers with increased tracking visibility thanks to more scanning events and will also be safer for our people by significantly reducing manual handling,” Mr. Boys added.
Australia Post’s Head of Operations in Western Australia, Angus Becsi, said the new investment shows Australia Post is striving hard to improve delivery services for West Australians while facing the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“Impacts in other states do have a flow-on effect with our operations, so we know we need to keep investing in Western Australia to meet our customers’ needs and help us to deliver as efficiently as possible,” Mr. Becsi said.
“In addition to the Welshpool facility announced today, we’re also planning to deliver a new facility in Butler in October 2022, which will replace the current delivery center in Clarkson, and we’ll be adding close to 200 more electric delivery vehicles to our fleet this year to help our posties deliver more parcels in the lead up to Christmas,” Mr. Becsi added.
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I’ve been waiting nearly 1 month to get my parcel delivered from NSW to WA, apparently it’s at the sorting centre waiting to be scanned for delivery, it’s been there 2 weeks.