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Island spike in pre-prepared food deliveries over lockdown

IOM Post Office sees surge in online orders

There's been a spike in the number of pre-prepared food packages being delivered over lockdown.

It's as the Isle of Man Post Office is experiencing a surge in the number of parcels it's been handling during the pandemic.

The uplift in parcels from 2019/20 to 2020/21 is 19.3 per cent.

Over the same period, letter traffic has declined 16.5 per cent.

The Post Office says these trends show a real example of changing habits, with consumers shopping online more and more.

It says there have been obvious spikes in parcel numbers during the Island's three lockdowns.

A significant proportion of the parcels came from online market places, with a notable increase in household items, as well as pre-prepared food.

The Post Office says it's planning to extend the number of parcel collection points it has across the Island.

The service is also developing 'self-administered postage' to make it easier for people to produce labels and post parcels 'at their convenience'.

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