September 17, 2013
Canada Post to launch Delivered Tonight service in GTA
TORONTO--Hundreds of customers in parts of the Greater Toronto Area will be delighted tonight when the products they ordered from the Canadian online stores of Best Buy, Future Shop, Indigo or Walmart earlier today are delivered that same evening.
Canada Post's innovative pilot project Delivered Tonight combines the immediacy of purchasing a product in a store with the convenience of e-commerce home delivery. In partnership with Canada Post, these retailers are leveraging the Delivered Tonight™ pilot to better understand and adapt to the needs and expectations of Canada's rapidly evolving e-commerce market. The pilot will also help Canada Post better understand and plan for the considerable challenges of delivering a product through rush-hour traffic within hours of it being ordered online.
Delivered Tonight™ will be available to a limited number of GTA-based customers through the participating retailers until the end of the holiday shopping season. This focused pilot is expected to create a new category of online shoppers and add to more than 90,000 parcels Canada Post delivers in the GTA on average per business day. In the pilot, Canada Post will work with a select group of retailers who meet volume thresholds and are willing to meet pilot requirements including existing specifications for size and weight.
Canada Post is a key enabler of e-commerce in Canada as the market-share leader in business-to-consumer delivery of parcels. By reaching more than 15.3 million addresses and operating the country's largest retail network with nearly 6,400 post offices, Canada Post is ideally positioned to offer affordable and reliable parcel services with convenient pickup and return options. Together, Canada Post, Purolator Inc. and SCI Logistics offer market-leading end-to-end solutions for e-commerce shippers by leveraging the assets and expertise of the Canada Post Group of Companies