An Post has opened its second e-commerce processing centre in Dublin as it completes its €30m investment in the country's largest e-commerce campus.

An Post's latest investment in future-proofing its business is located at the Dublin Mails Centre in Dublin 12 and is next to its new automated Dublin Parcel Hub which opened in November last year. 

An Post said its new campus is now handling 2.5 million parcels each week.

It noted that the type of smaller parcel handled by the new centre - padded envelopes and smaller boxed items - is growing really quickly in terms of both outgoing volumes from Irish companies selling worldwide and incoming online shopping from all over the globe. 

Over €30m has been invested by An Post in the campus, which it said will provide world class national infrastructure for Irish businesses trading in Ireland or internationally. 

"We are investing in the re-orientation of our whole business from the old world of traditional letters to new world of e-commerce parcels," Garrett Bridgeman, Managing Director of An Post Mails and Parcels, said. 

"We have been preparing and significantly investing in our technology and infrastructure capability all year to support businesses post Brexit on 1 January. We will be able to manage the changes that Brexit will bring for businesses and consumers in a seamless way," he added. 

Meanwhile, the head of Corporate Communications with An Post said its delivery service is incredibly busy.

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Anna McHugh said the outbreak of Covid-19 has accelerated the move to online shopping. The amount of parcels An Post is handling is up 130% on this week last year, she added. 

Ms McHugh said that many businesses had made the shift to online during the first lockdown and over the summer, which has resulted in massive volumes for everyone - for both retailers and An Post. 

Anna McHugh said Covid restrictions means there are definitely delays to the delivery service because staff have to work in pods and on staggered start times.

She said An Post regretted any delays, adding that it was simply due to the sheer volume of deliveries. 

However extra staff have been employed and there are 1,000 extra delivery staff in electric vans, compared to last year, she added.

She also urged people to get their Christmas cards and parcels organised early this year and to make sure that addresses are clearly written.