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Rotating Postal Strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have begun rotating strikes in Victoria (British Columbia), Edmonton (Alberta), Windsor (Ontario) and Halifax (Nova Scotia) until midnight, when other locations will be chosen. Please consult the union’s official site for information on the upcoming sites for this strike.

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Postal Strike Talks This Weekend

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers will be in meetings this weekend to avert a possible postal strike.

Postal Strike Imminent?

Several banking institutions and internet providers have issued warnings about the possibility of a postal strike. And online retailers like Amazon.ca, chapters.indigo.ca and Newegg.ca, are readying alternative shipping methods for their clients.

I believe all three retailers have a shipping option to deliver parcels to your local post office and some retailers also deliver to their stores. But many retailers have their own courier services so keep an eye on their sites and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers site for details.

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Canada Post Strike?

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have voted for job action if no agreements are reached by Sept. 26. I will keep an eye on the situation and will update this page asap.

Canada Post’s New Outlet Concept

Canada Post is now offering more secure options via their new outlet concept stores in Richmond (British Columbia), Edmonton (Alberta) and Vancouver (British Columbia).

These stores have drive-thru parcel pickup services, free wi-fi, changing rooms and vending machines that sell stamps, prepaid envelopes and anything you need to ship 24/7 – Great for anyone that wants to shop and ship at all hours of the night.

People who have issues with “porch bandits” can also use these new concept stores or the existing self-service options found at the Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal post offices listed on the Canada Post statement.

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Bad News For Canada Post?

Amazon.com has not only expanded the Whole Foods delivery services to Prime Members in 32 American metropolitan areas but is now experimenting with their own courier service, SWA, in Los Angeles.

“Shipping with Amazon” is expected to become a major competitor to the existing companies. But it’ll probably take years for them to expand this new parcel delivery service into Canada, although i’ve always thought they should open something up at the Mirabel Airport north of Montreal.

One has to wonder what Canada Post would do if this happened, now that they’re relying on parcel deliveries for their profits.

Their profits had climbed from 1.22 billion dollars in 2011 to 1.75 billion dollars in 2016 because of parcel deliveries according to their 2016 financial report so the introduction of another competitor would not be good, especially one that would divert more of Amazon.ca‘s parcel traffic away from them.

My local Whole Foods store here in Ottawa currently only delivers platters and a select number of items. But I can already order their brands via Amazon.ca and I suspect more will be made available this year.

Now that Best Buy has decided to remove CDs from their stores in the summer, I guess I will be relying on my Prime membership a bit more than before. But i’m still hoping to pop by my local music store from time to time.