Christmas warning for online shoppers amid strikes and lengthy delays
Delivery of hundreds of thousands of parcels could be delayed amid strike action and huge numbers of online deliveries across the country.
Truck drivers at FedEx are the latest in the delivery industry to vote to take strike action.
Drivers at Australia Post owned StarTrack decided to halt deliveries for 24-hours this Thursday to protest the outsourcing of jobs.
Australia Post has also warned of delays with huge volumes of parcels being delivered in some areas.
CEO of the National Retail Association Dominique Lamb, said it was difficult timing for retailers.
“Christmas, normally starts for retailers at the beginning of September, we’ve got multiple states and territories in lockdown at this time, many of the distribution centres sit in these locations that are already having to operate at skeleton staff because of COVID restrictions,” she told Scott Emerson.
“And now to have these logistics, these issues occur is very very concerning for our retailers because in many cases some of them are only operating online in certain states and territories and it is going to mean delays for customer.”
She said retailers needed to get their Christmas shopping done early.
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