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COMMUTERS will be able to pick up parcels after hopping off the train in trendy Western Sydney — which has been revealed as one of NSW’s fashion shopping capitals.
Getting a note after missing a parcel delivery is frustrating for busy families across the city, forcing them to traipse to a post office before closing time to pick up their goods.
But Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Australia Post are launching a solution today — with the first set of parcel lockers to be unveiled at Parramatta station.
The new Australia Post lockers will roll out first at Parramatta station.
Existing Australia Post's parcel lockers at Williamstown.The lockers allow commuters who buy items online to collect their items immediately after getting off the train.
If successful, the scheme could be rolled out to train stations right across the city.
“Everyone wants to save time, so we thought bringing the parcels to the station so you get your delivery the first time would be a perfect fit,” Mr Constance told the Daily Telegraph.
“Instead of getting that little card in the mail and trekking out of the way, the parcel comes to a locker at one of the networks busiest stations.”
Customers who direct parcels to the Parramatta station lockers will receive a unique access code via email or SMS to open the locker and collect their parcel.
Aussies spent a whopping $19 billion online last year, 12 per cent up on 2014. And much of that was splurged by households in and around Parramatta.
Baulkham Hills outranks almost every NSW suburb for splurging on online fashion, health and beauty goods, food and booze, according to Australia Post.
Customers who direct parcels to the Parramatta station lockers will receive a unique access code as part of the new system. Picture: Adam TaylorWentworthville was in the top five suburbs for online spending on department store goods.
The parcel pick-up scheme is the second phase of the government’s “click and collect” scheme, designed to make life easier for commuters by building everyday services around transport hubs.
In February, the Daily Telegraph revealed that Sydney Trains had partnered with Woolworths to enable customers to order groceries online and then pick them up at Bondi station.
Mr Constance said “hundreds” of customers have used the “click and collect” groceries service at Bondi since the trial scheme was launched six months ago.
Other transport innovations in the pipeline include a trial next year of “contactless” payments for public transport tickets, enabling customers to “tap on and off” trains, buses and ferries with their credit or debit cards instead of Opal cards.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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