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Online shopping delivers

Growth in online shopping is driving bigger parcel delivery services, including those for Toll IPEC, which is moving into a $10 million depot at Monaro Industrial Park in Hume.

Toll IPEC's freight volumes into Canberra have doubled over the past decade. While it has about 6 per cent of the overall market, spokesman Christopher Whitefield said it planned to increase this to 30 per cent in five years.

''With the rise of online shopping, that is going gangbusters,'' he said.

Mr Whitefield said Toll was approaching the end of its lease in Fyshwick and opted for a state-of-the art depot for efficiency, better occupational safety and room for future growth.

Qanstruct built the 4640-square-metre transport depot on behalf of Walker Corporation after Toll agreed to terms for the 10-year lease earlier this year. The new depot is double the size of Toll's Fyshwick depot and has full drive-around and B-double access, which will help streamline operations.

There is a staff of 40, including 32 drivers, and the truck-parking capacity has increased from 18 bays to 44 bays.

Meanwhile, Toll Group's warehousing and distribution service, Toll Global Logistics - Customised Solutions, is moving 25 staff from Mitchell to a new warehouse, also at Monaro Industrial Park. John Thistleton