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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.

Parcel Delivery Domino Effect

Purolator appears that have been overwhelmed by parcels and are having serious issues, according to Global News.

Many customers have reported being unable to track their packages, either online or via Purolator’s customer service. And some have reported significant delays when it comes to their deliveries.

Like Fed-Ex Canada, Purolator has also suspended some of their delivery guaranties temporarily so their customers will unfortunately not be compensated if their parcels are delayed. But UPS Canada customers will still be able to take advantage of some delivery guaranties, as described on their official site.

Hopefully Purolator will consider delivering more parcels on Saturdays to reduce their backlog. But until then i’d suggest the other courier services, or perhaps Canada Post… đŸ˜‰

Mail Deliveries To Be Reduced ?

It appears that Canada Post is considering a reduction in mail deliveries, down to 3 days a week.

The crown corporation is facing a $327 million dollar operation loss due to advances in technology, like e-mail and online bill payments, and like most national postal services they are trying to adapt as fewer letters and parcels make their way through their system.

Most Canadian consumers these days have their parcels delivered either via courier or to stores for pick-up so reductions in service are likely unavoidable. But I suspect they might need to have a full five day schedule during the Christmas rush in November and December.

Rural residents will likely be the most affected by these reductions, especially those with little to no internet access. But Canada Post is also considering a reduction in postal outlets, so many city residents will also be inconvenienced.


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Postal Strike To Begin on June 2nd

Canada Post has issued a statement in regards to having recieved a 72 hour notice from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

A postal strike is scheduled for 11:59 EDT on June 2, 2011. But some retailers do offer alternatives.

The following Canadian retailers offer an option to ship to their local stores :

Bestbuy.ca
Futureshop.ca
www.sears.ca
thesource.ca

The following Canadian retailers offer courier shipping :

chapters.indigo.ca (Greater Toronto Area)
Sony Style Canada (Major Cities/By Appointment)
Tigerdirect.ca – FREE SHIPPING* on selected PC Deals at TigerDirect!

There is a possibility that Amazon.ca might use courier services like UPS or possibly DHL for some of their domestic shipments durring the strike but there is no news in regards to this possibility on their web site yet.

It should be noted that Amazon.com do offer courier service regularily to Canadians.

They use DHS Global Mail for Standard and Expedited Shipping, and UPS or DHL for Priority Shipping. BUT shipments valued above $20 Canadian may incur importation fees, which in this case would be administed by the courier, in addition to the standard duties and taxes.

International shipments valued at less than $20 are not subject to duties, taxes or importation fees because of the Low Value Shipment (LVS) process at the Canadian Border Services Agency, with some restrictions.

Additional information in regards to possible alternatives and the strike will be added to this blog as we near the strike date.