If you received a parcel from Canada Post this Christmas, you were part of a record holiday season for the postal service.
54 million parcels were delivered across the country from November to the first two weeks of January, double the number of packages delivered in the same timeframe in 2012. There were also 26 million parcel days in 2016, compared to just 2 four years earlier.
Director of Product Development for Parcels Valerie Normand also says December 5th was a record-setting day for parcel deliveries, with 1.52 million parcels sent to households, or 3,620 parcels a minute. Normand said that they had no idea they could have that many parcels move in one day, adding that it did put some extra strain on staff across the country.
Normand credits the large spike to the increased demand to online shopping. She says 8 out of 10 Canadians shop online each year, and 2 of 3 purchases online are delivered by Canada Post, so they have been upgrading infrastructure to handle increased demand with shipping online purchases.
Normand expects to see more records broken in the coming holiday seasons.