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Canada Post warns to get those online Christmas present orders in sooner rather than later

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October 08, 2020 - 10:21 AM

Canada Post is expecting a significant increase in parcel delivery for the Christmas holiday season due to the pandemic and is urging Canadians to shop online early.

"The rapid escalation in demand for parcel delivery is expected to continue into the holiday season and beyond as more Canadians plan to do their shopping online. As Canada’s parcel delivery leader, we’re implementing plans to scale up and stay safe while asking Canadians to start their shopping early to avoid disappointment," reads a Canada post press release.

A survey conducted for Canada Post in June showed 48 per cent of Canadian shoppers plan on spending mostly or exclusively online this coming holiday and 54 per cent were open to begin shopping in October or early November.

READ MORE: Canada Post reports $153M loss in 2019 amid rising parcel delivery competition

With expected volumes and a surge in holiday parcels, Canada Post could be overwhelmed, causing significant delays, Canada Post said.

Canada post is adding more than 4,000 temporary workers to meet the holiday demand and adding 1,000 additional vehicles.

"We’ll deliver on weekends in many communities, add more parcel pickup locations and hours at many post offices will be extended. Processing equipment has been added at key locations in our network and will be fully utilized," reads the release.

The service asks that Christmas shopping be done early in October or early November. Typically, the mail service experiences a surge close to Christmas as more last-minute shoppers place their orders.

To learn more, visit Canada Post's website.


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