Freighters busy as parcels flood into Portland
A LOCAL freight operator is buoyant with volumes rapidly increasing in the past month.
Allens Freight Portland freight manager Brendon Gabriel said his staff are “flat out all day, every day.”
“Portland is looking really good; it’s the busiest we’ve been in at least five years,” Mr Gabriel said.
“We’ve been flat out six days a week throughout November and December with around three full trucks coming in each morning around 6am.
“When you consider other freight companies and transporters, we’re only a drop in the ocean of what is coming through Portland each day.
“Confidence in Portland is growing and clearly things are going well.”
Mr Gabriel said the majority of freight items coming through are from items bought on the internet.
“The online shopping is massive; it’s unbelievable.”
Australia Post general manager of VIC/TAS/WA deliveries Shane Plant said Portland’s online shopping habits are well above the state average.
“Portland residents love to shop online, with sales growing by over 24 per cent in 2017 compared to the national average of 19 per cent,” Mr Plant said.
“Purchasing from Variety Stores, such as Target, remains high at 37 per cent growth, followed by Fashion at 19 per cent growth.
“Popular items from last year include books, women’s fashion and purchases from marketplaces.”
Mr Plant said Australia Post expects to deliver more than two million items a day this month and recommended getting parcels in the mail soon.
“If you’re looking to send something special to your loved ones, we recommend customers post their Christmas gifts before Monday, December 17, but if you’ve got a last minute gift, you can send your presents through our Express Post network as we will be delivering right up to Christmas Eve.”