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Australia Post launches free shipping membership for Christmas

This Christmas, online shoppers can get free shipping on eligible purchases from over 40 of Australia’s biggest online stores with a new membership program from Australia Post.

Hitting the shops in the lead up to Christmas can be incredibly stressful so it’s no wonder that an increasing number of Australian shoppers are choosing to buy their Christmas presents from home. In fact, with Australia Post research showing that online shopping has grown in Australia from 11.5 per cent to 15 per cent in the last year alone, the 2017 Christmas shopping period is set to be the biggest for eCommerce yet in Australia.

For many people the only deterrent for online shopping is the additional cost of shipping, so Australia Post has jumped in with a solution. From now until 1 January, shoppers in metropolitan Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane can join Shipster, a new membership program launched on 16 October by Australia Post. For $9.95 members will receive free shipping whenever they spend $25 and over at participating stores.

This means when you jump on one of the participating webstores to make your purchases, Shipster will have shipping costs under $20 automatically deducted at the checkout. To sweeten the deal, Shipster members will also receive free delivery of one Deliveroo order each month.

Australia Post Acting Managing Director & Group CEO Christine Corbett said the service has been launched just in time for savvy shoppers to get organised for Christmas.

“We know our customers love to shop online and this Christmas we expect more gifts to be bought online than ever before. Shipster lets you shop with confidence knowing that there will be no surprises at the checkout,” says Corbett.

“The launch follows months of research and trials into frequent online shopping behavior and is designed to remove one of the biggest barriers to online shopping – shipping costs!”

Booktopia CEO Tony Nash said Shipster is a great addition to the online retail landscape in Australia. “Booktopia has backed this online retailing initiative from Australia Post right from the start. We are excited that it is finally being launched so that Australians can get free shipping form so many leading brands.”

Following this introductory Christmas period, the Shipster membership program will continue throughout 2018 onwards. Membership will cost $9.95 per month and will continue to allow customers to receive free shipping at the stores listed below where shipping costs under $20.

With free shipping at hand, this year all your Christmas shopping can be done from the comfort of your couch.

Brands participating in the trial include:

– Athlete’s Foot

– Babies R Us

– Birdsnest

– Black Pepper

– Bobbi Brown

– Booktopia

– CAT

– Clinique

– Costumes.com.au

– Cotton On

– Cotton On Body

– Cotton On Kids

– Crayons

– Culture Kings

– Estee Lauder

– Harvey Norman

– Jo Malone

– Joyce Mayne

– Kogan

– Laura Ashley

– Lorna Jane

– MAC

– Merrell

– Munro Footwear Group (Styletread)

– Myer

– Peppermayo

– Platypus

– Princess Polly

– Review

– Rubi

– Running Bare

– Saucony

– Showpo

– Sketchers

– Sperry

– Surfstitch

– Target

– The Body Shop

– Timberland

– Tiny Me

– Tony Bianco

– Toys R Us

– Typo

– Vans

– Zanui, and more

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