Grand & Toy brings new courier, design and print services to busy small businesses



    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Small business owners rushing to keep pace with
their competitors and an ever-demanding consumer market will take comfort in
new services from Grand & Toy.
    Today the company launched its partnership with DHL Express Canada,
offering courier services to entrepreneurs to help streamline their daily
operations, saving them time, money and energy. The announcement is coupled
with the launch of new Design & Print Centres. These centres will assist small
businesses with their graphic design and printing needs, enabling them to
create powerful business identities at competitive rates.
    "Business owners have enough to worry about without having to scramble to
a dozen different suppliers for their various needs," said Darren Plumbe,
General Manager, Imaging, Grand & Toy. "These new services will allow us to
turn Grand & Toy's stores into one-stop business centres for all daily
operational requirements."
    The courier partnership is mutually beneficial for DHL, allowing the
company to strategically add retail locations through which to serve new and
existing customers. DHL customers who miss their scheduled pick-up times
during business hours can now drop off packages at any Grand & Toy store (as
some locations remain open after 5 p.m.). DHL's overnight, ground and
international delivery services are available, and Grand & Toy account holders
are given preferred rates.
    "The SMB sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the Canadian
economy with its own unique characteristics. DHL has always focused on
identifying our clients' needs and tailoring solutions that meet those special
needs," said Greg Hewitt, Senior Vice President of Commercial at DHL Express.
"This initiative addresses many of the logistical challenges of SMB's."
    "The partnership with Grand & Toy marks an important step in DHL's
strategy to expand its presence in the Canadian marketplace through street
level retail locations, while offering advanced and tailored shipping and
delivery services to the SMB sector," continued Mr. Hewitt.
    The new courier, design and print services are accessible to both account
and walk-in customers through any Grand & Toy store. Trained in-store
associates are on hand to guide small business customers with the new
services, allowing them to deal with their time sensitive shipping, marketing
and other office needs from one convenient location.
    Plumbe said the addition of the design & print services will help empower
small businesses. The Design & Print Centres allow business owners to print
everything from business cards to promotional materials. They can select a
design from a menu of options, or add an existing logo, image or word mark to
their materials. All orders will be professionally printed, and can be
delivered to any location within seven business days.
    "It can be costly and time-consuming for small businesses to both source
and manage the graphic design and printing elements of materials," said
Plumbe. "Our new centres act as an extension of their existing team to ease
the process, and experienced Grand & Toy staff provide counsel to
entrepreneurs looking to create a unique brand or business identity."

    More information about the new services can be found at:
www.grandandtoy.com/DHLshipping and www.grandandtoy.com/designandprint

    About DHL Express Canada

    DHL is the global market leader of the international express and
logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized
solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean
freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as
international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth
understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than
220 countries and territories worldwide and 120,000 destinations. More than
300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that
exceed customers' expectations. DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand.

    About Grand & Toy

    Founded in 1882, Grand & Toy has evolved from Canada's leading supplier
of office products to the nation's number one source for complete business
solutions. From office supplies, interiors, technology and imaging, to a host
of essential professional services, Grand & Toy is enhancing office
performance by providing the tools and solutions needed to stay competitive in
today's fast-paced marketplace. Offering more than 10,000 products available
through an award-winning web site, detailed catalogue and over 40 retail
locations across Canada, Grand & Toy offers the resources, experience and
insight to help Canadian businesses realize their full potential. For more
information, visit www.grandandtoy.com.





For further information:

For further information: Grand & Toy media inquiries: Jeff Myrick, (902)
895-0791, jmyrick@ns.sympatico.ca; DHL media inquiries: Gal Wilder, Cohn &
Wolfe, (416) 924-5700 ext. 4074, gal.wilder@cohnwolfe.ca


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