OTTAWA, Nov. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - With parcel volumes expected to hit record levels again this year, Canada Post is gearing up for its busiest season in history. The corporation has hired an additional 2,000 temporary workers, will again deliver on weekends in major urban centres starting in November and has doubled its capacity in transportation to deliver the holidays.
For the first half of the year, parcel volumes linked to e-commerce have grown 18% compared to the previous year and holiday-level parcel volumes were noted in the summer for the back-to-school season. During the months of November and December last year, Canada Post delivered more than 36 million parcels to Canadians.
Canada Post expects December 14th to be the busiest day of the year for delivery agents and retail stores across the country, with an anticipated 3,400 parcels delivered each minute while processing plants will peak a few days later (December 16th) with 1,500 parcels processed each minute.
Starting in November, Canada Post will begin delivering parcels on weekends in major urban centres.
More than 2,000 seasonal workers have been hired to complement the 49,000 delivery and processing employees.
Travelling and transportation
Each work day, Canada Post employees will travel some 1.5 million km delivering to 15.7 million addresses—a distance that would take a person to the moon and back twice.
Canada Post has also significantly increased its transportation network to ensure timely delivery.
About Canada Post
Canada Post is the country's leading provider of electronic commerce and customer communication solutions. It reaches 15.7 million addresses, operates the country's largest retail network, and offers affordable and reliable service with convenient pickup and return options for online shoppers. 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.
SOURCE Canada Post
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