An Post: Parcel volumes surge by 230%

Irish postal operator An Post is set to have its busiest ever Black Friday weekend.

In recent weeks An Post has opened its second automated parcel hub in CityWest, Dublin, and taken on 600 electric delivery vehicles.

Parcel volumes have already been at record levels with the postal operator handling 2.5 million parcels a week – and this is set to hit 3.3 million a week between now and mid-December, a 230% increase in volumes by comparison to 2019.

David McRedmond, CEO of An Post said “Parcel volumes have reached spectacular levels as the lockdown has driven all early-Christmas purchasing Online. Our €30 million investment in parcels automation ensures we have the capacity to deal with this surge.  Processing and delivery are taking longer than normal and we are delivering record volumes of parcels seven days a week.   It’s great to see such huge support for Irish goods and that customers are acting on our advice to post early to overseas destinations.

“We have 1,000 extra staff helping us this Christmas and our delivery staff have new scanning technology and electric vehicles to help them get parcels and letters to customers as quickly as possible.  We’re working around the clock to deliver parcels and cards to customers speedily and safely. I cannot thank our staff enough for working tirelessly and efficiently despite all the necessary Covid restrictions, whether on the frontline, or in customer support, to make this as good a Christmas as possible for everyone”.

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