- 25 June 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
Australia Post has announced that its new super-hub in Redbank, Queensland is set to open in time for the coming peak season. The postal operator claims that this is the biggest such unit in the Southern Hemisphere.
The new Australia Post site will be able to process up to 700,000 parcels a day at full capacity.
As well as equipment already in use by Australia Post such as automatic guided vehicles, the unit is also using an automated parcel picker that the firm claims is the ‘first of its kind in Australia’.
Australia Post Group Chief Operating Officer Bob Black said the 50,000 square metre site will meet the growing demands of online shopping in Queensland. “We know Australia’s love affair with online shopping isn’t slowing down. Last year Australians spent $27.5 billion nationally, an increase of 24% on 2017.”
“Queensland’s love affair with online shopping also continues, and in 2018 it grew by 21% from the previous year – ahead of the national average.
“Making up 19% of all online shopping across the nation, Queensland also had three of the top 10 postcodes – Toowoomba, Mackay and Bundaberg – each with strong growth all above 20%.
“Our new Redbank site will be operational in time for our busy pre-Christmas period. Last year we experienced our biggest peak period ever, delivering over 40 million parcels nationally in December alone, including a record three million parcels in a single day, and we know this year will be even bigger.
“We’ll have 500 employees stationed at the new facility, a demonstration of our commitment to Queensland jobs and to remaining Australia’s preferred and most trusted delivery provider.”
The COO said the Australia Post is investing in new technology to keep pace with the growing parcel volumes. “Automation and our new parcel processing technology are important measures to reduce manual handling and create safer jobs for our people”.
“As a business we know how important it is to continue to invest in our workforce, especially where there are opportunities for us to retrain our people to transition from the declining letters business to our growing parcels business.”