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Australia Post opens new parcel facility

Avalon parcel facility

Australia Post officially opened its latest parcel facility in Avalon Victoria to boost its capacity to support e-commerce growth across the region ahead of the busy peak Christmas period.

The facility is 14,000 sqm and can process 40,000 parcels per day, with capacity to expand to 60,000 parcels per day in the future.

With more than 150 team members, the facility has been built to support parcel and mail processing, pick-up and delivery, as well as transport and linehaul operations.

Strategically located next to the airport and close to key business customers within the new industrial park, the Avalon Parcel Facility has been purpose built to support the growing population of the Greater Geelong region, one of the two fastest growing areas in regional Australia.

Australia Post CEO and Managing Director Paul Graham says the new facility highlights Australia Post’s efforts to meet continued parcel growth as more Australians continue to shop online, particularly in the lead up to Christmas.

“This modern facility is another key milestone for Australia Post and an important investment in our future as growth in e-commerce continues,” he adds.

“Being close to Avalon Airport and having access to key transport links will ensure we can deliver efficiently through our network, which is great news for our customers, particularly as we approach the busiest time of year for online shopping.”

Energy efficiency was an important consideration, with a Building Management S*stem (BMS) installed that allows smart remote control of mechanical and electrical services to reduce power consumption.

“This sets the stage for an era of progress and growth,” says David Fox, Executive Chairman Avalon Airport.

“By accommodating further developments, we strengthen the airport’s role as a key contributor to the economy in Geelong, Melbourne, and broader Victoria.”

Retailer, Cotton On, which is located within the Avalon industrial area, recently signed a new two-year agreement with Australia Post to deliver e-commerce orders to its customers, nationally.

The Avalon Parcel Facility includes a newly developed tier-two large parcel sorter, parking for up to 14 semi-trailers and 92 indoor van bays.

Australia Post will also undertake mail processing, including letters and small parcels, for the City of Greater Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and outlying areas, with an average of 30,000 letters and 7000 small parcels delivered within this catchment each week.

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