Polish mail company expects record Xmas season

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Polish mail operator Poczta Polska expects this year’s pre-Christmas season to break the record for the number of parcels handled.

According to the operator, last year it delivered 120 mln parcels.

“Poczta Polska and other operators are preparing to service an increased number of pre-Christmas orders – at the peak moment there may be as many as 50 percent more parcels than usual,” Poczta Polska wrote in a statement.

“The company is conducting express recruitment, building out its network of collection points, and monitoring the work of sorting offices.”

The company pointed out that a dynamic rise in parcel post related to the Christmas season usually occurs in the last week of November. Poles’ growing interest in using its services is shown by the number of courier parcels sent in October, which was up 20 percent on the same period last year, the company said.

“We recorded this year’s daily record on November 13, when our customers sent over 500,000 parcels,” the managing director of Poczta Polska’s sales division, was quoted in a press release as saying.

“That shows how much the e-commerce market is developing and what a great challenge we face. We encourage customers not to leave internet purchases until the last minute. It is best to submit orders by mid-December.”

As part of their preparations for peak Christmas season, as in previous years, Poczta Polska is employing additional staff. Their employment offer is directed chiefly towards people who want to earn extra money and have free time. The company plans to eventually employ 1,600 extra staff for deliveries and for work at sorting offices.