With customers making more online purchases during the festival season, the Postal Department saw a jump in the e-commerce packets it handled in the western region this year.
According to data available with the department, between October 1 and 18, as many as 17,721 parcels were handled in this region, registering postal revenue of 19.13 lakh for orders delivered within the country.
An official with the department in Coimbatore said that Amazon continued to have the major volume with more than 5,000 parcels.
What came as a boost this year was the use of speed post by a couple of local dealers to deliver parcels purchased by customers online.
The department sold Sri Krishna Sweets gift vouchers and also distributed its orders booked online.
This included delivery to buyers in countries such as Singapore and the U.S. Within the country, the department delivered about 1,000 parcels during these 18 days only for Krishna Sweets.
Two more dealers - one from Salem and another from Coimbatore - had also tied up with the department for delivery of parcels booked online.
“We were able to deliver the parcels within two days and there are no complaints. We will leverage on Speed Post for delivery of online orders,” the official said.
Compared to last year, the postal revenue and volume of parcels (e-commerce) handled by the postal department in this region was certainly high.
Despite this, there were many who booked parcels by registered post to send gifts to friends and relatives, the official added.