Christmas shopping: Online shopping up 27 percent compared to last year

It's less than a week before Christmas, and to avoid frantically running around shopping malls, many Kiwis have reverted to online shopping.

Research by NZ Post has found online shopping went up 27 percent in the month of November compared to last year.

Kiwis spent $585 million online in November, with $115 million spent online in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

"Despite everything going on in the world around us, we saw November retail shopping volumes - driven by Singles Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales - hit new all-time highs," NZ Post general manager of business marketing Chris Wong said.

"We are currently experiencing the highest growth period for online shopping in history. This is great news for retailers and the local economy, especially given that 70 percent spend was here in New Zealand."

If you haven't done your Christmas shopping, you might want to do so soon.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and disrupted all New Zealand-bound cargo.

Retail NZ chief executive Greg Harford told Newshub earlier this month some products won't be on the shelves before Christmas.

"Most [retailers] will not want to come out and say they're running short of stock."

But NZ Post says they've brought on hundreds more workers to deliver these parcels in time for the big day.

The postal service has been delivering around 2 million parcels per week, and this is expected to continue in the lead-up to Christmas Day.

"This volume of parcels is well up on this time last year. This just goes to show how much COVID has changed the way Kiwis shop, with more New Zealanders shopping online than ever before," Wong said.

"The good news is that this time around, we were able to plan and prepare, bringing on hundreds of extra people, vans and flights to deliver these parcels."