Australia Post is set to build a new parcel facility in Perth to keep pace with the strong demand driven by continued online shopping growth. At 23,000 sq m, Australia Posts claims that the new purpose-built facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art automated sortation and the capacity to process 14,000 parcels per hour on its first day of operation. It has been designed with future scalability in mind, with the ability to process up to 23,000 parcels per hour. The company expects the facility to be up and running in time for Christmas 2022.
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 centre.
Australia Post Acting Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Rodney Boys said the $82m commitment was part of the organisation’s ongoing investment to meet growing e-commerce demand.
“Following last year’s investment of $450m, Australia Post continues to invest to meet the phenomenal growth of 30.8% year on year in online shopping with Australians spending more than $50bn online last year,” Mr Boys said.
“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.”
Australia Post Head of Operations in Western Australia Angus Becsi stated: “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 centre 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.”
Source: Australia Post
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