Futureshop.ca speeds up delivery just in time for the holiday season

Leading Canadian e-tailer continues to offer amazing deals, contests and makes shopping fun

BURNABY, BC, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - With more than one-third of Canadians* shopping online during the holidays at Futureshop.ca (www.futureshop.ca), Future Shop, Canada's largest retailer and etailer of consumer electronics, is enhancing the online shopping experience by opening a new distribution centre in Richmond, BC. The distribution complements the central distribution located in Mississauga, ON, and provides faster delivery times to customers residing in Western Canada.

"We're thrilled to open a distribution centre in Western Canada where we've designed delivery orders to consistently make it to our customers in just a few days, nationwide," said Thierry Hay-Sabourin, Senior Manager of Ecommerce, Future Shop. "Futureshop.ca is all about providing outstanding online experiences for our customers, from research, time of order to delivery."

Just in time to serve the flurry of online holiday shoppers, the new distribution centre will help customers in Western Canada receive orders on in stock items anywhere from one to three business days.

"Future Shop is confident the new distribution centre will make shopping more convenient for our customers in Western Canada with the faster delivery this holiday," said Hay-Sabourin. "It's going to make a tremendous difference and takes our online shopping service up to a higher level."

Additionally, Futureshop.ca is making the online shopping experience a breeze for Canadians by offering a number of incredible services and perks, such as:

Free shipping and best price guarantee

Free shipping is offered on purchases over $39 on Futureshop.ca. Also, the e-tailer is guaranteeing lowest pricing for any advertised price from now until January 3, 2010, so customers have the assurance of price protection. This is an extension from the standard policy of 30 days. Some restrictions apply for both offers; visit Futureshop.ca for complete details.

Top holiday gifts in real-time

Futureshop.ca is pleased to help Canadians with their gifting decision making by offering two tools that show what Canadians are choosing as popular gifts this season and ranking as top products for 2009. By simply visiting the home page, Canadians can click on the sidebar to obtain up-to-the-minute listings of the very best.

Play "Give. Receive. Win!" for a chance to score $10K

As a fun way to further engage Canadians on Futureshop.ca, the site hosts exciting contests like the "Give. Receive. Win!" challenge. This contest offers participants' a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree from LG and weekly prizing. This interactive contest is based on an application that allows users and their friends to create virtual stockings. Users can select items from Future Shop's product catalogue and virtually 'gift' them to each other, earning "karma points" for each gift they share. Participants can share this application with their friends and hang and decorate their stocking on their blog and social network profile, like Facebook. "Give. Receive. Win!" runs until December 17. See Futureshop.ca/give for more information.

Futureshop.ca is social

Futureshop.ca is the leading Canadian retail website offering a hub for customers to shop, get connected with Future Shop's Product Experts and other Canadian customers via a Community Forum and social media. Within the social media space, Futureshop.ca paves many channels for Canadians to get connected with a Facebook Fan Page, three Twitter accounts and a Tech Blog featuring influential Canadian bloggers such as Buzz Bishop and Tris Hussey.

Extended store hours

Visit Futureshop.ca to find out the listing of extended store hours by province.

"We make shopping online a fun, painless and engaging experience for our customers," said Hay-Sabourin. "With more than 100,000 products available for purchase on Futureshop.ca, Canadians can find something for everyone on their gift list."

* Based on number visitors at Futureshop.ca in 2008.

About Future Shop

With 143 stores across the country and the nation's premier web store (www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada's largest retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics. The company employs more than 10,000 technology enthusiasts, has enabled its website to deliver unparalleled content about the products it sells, and hosts an online community forum and tech blog for technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews, tips and other consumer electronics information (www.futureshopforums.ca). As a proud corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to recycle used electronics and is committed to employee volunteerism and supporting non-profits organizations dedicated to transforming local youth into Future Leaders (see www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration).

SOURCE Future Shop

For further information: For further information: Elliott Chun, Communications Manager, Future Shop, P: (604) 412-1764, E: echun@futureshop.com

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