The Christmas season of online stores was launched at the end of November on Black Friday and continued on Cyber Monday. They were preceded by the Singles’ Day on November 11 that has been adopted in Finland as well. Posti’s record-high parcel volumes indicate that Finns were utilizing the attractive seasonal discounts of Finnish and foreign online stores.
“Nearly 1.3 million parcels passed through Posti last week. It is the highest parcel volume in one week during the entire history of Posti. Last year’s record – 1.2 million parcels – was made closer to Christmas, which means that the busiest parcel week is still ahead of us,” says Turkka Kuusisto, Vice President, Parcel & eCommerce at Posti.
During the peak season, Posti employees work in three shifts, 24 hours a day. Posti’s logistics centers are running up to seven days a week until the end of the Christmas season.
Posti is prepared for a record-breaking peak season
Posti is prepared for a record-breaking peak season in online retail. Among other things, Posti has doubled the number of Parcel Lockers, which are a popular delivery option for consumers. The 1000th Posti Parcel Locker went into service on November 12 at Helsinki’s Central Railway Station. The peak parcel season will also be expedited by more than a hundred pickup points open for the holiday period. Throughout the season, Posti will also be delivering items for pickup on weekends.
When picking up parcels, we recommend utilizing Posti’s own shops’ longer opening hours with fewer customers. If the actual pickup point of the parcel is full, the parcel will be flexibly delivered to another nearby pickup point in order to avoid delaying the parcel delivery. More than 100 temporary pickup points are available during the Christmas season.
A complete directory of Posti’s service points and their opening hours is available at posti.fi/kartta.
Parcels on their way by December 19
Parcels from domestic and foreign online stores will still make it to the recipients before Christmas. However, small items from Asia will not make it to the recipients before Christmas, since delivery times from China, for instance, may be several weeks.
Domestic parcels will reach their recipients by Christmas if they are mailed by December 19 by paying the postage fee in advance either online or through the OmaPosti application. You can leave a pre-paid parcel in any Parcel Locker or Posti outlet. Parcels should be brought to Posti outlets one day earlier, by December 18. Parcels to outside Europe must be mailed by December 7, to Europe by December 14, and to nearby countries, including Sweden and the Baltic countries, by December 17.