Purolator Courier to help deliver the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games



    Canada's largest courier commits to sending excitement of the 2010 Winter
    Games and event tickets directly to Canadians from coast to coast to
    coast

    VANCOUVER, March 6 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today welcomed Purolator
Courier Ltd. to its Official Supplier category as the exclusive supplier of
courier services for the 2010 Winter Games. As part of the Official Supplier
partnership with VANOC, Purolator will also be the official courier for the
Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Olympic team at the Beijing 2008
Olympic Games, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the London 2012
Olympic Games.
    Purolator will use its expertise and network of more than 12,500
employees, 3,000 trucks, 140 operations locations and more than 1,300 shipping
locations across Canada to ship event tickets, as well as an estimated 130,000
packages containing merchandise ordered through the Vancouver 2010 website
(www.vancouver2010.com). Purolator will also provide courier and distribution
services to support the day-to-day operations leading up to and during the
2010 Winter Games, including working with VANOC to provide services from the
Athletes' Villages and Media Centres.
    "Purolator's support of Canada's dream to host the 2010 Winter Games
started five years ago when we first helped deliver the Vancouver 2010 Bid
Books to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland," said
Bob Johnson, Purolator president and Chief Executive Officer. "It was an
honour for us to play a part in the successful bid process that brought the
2010 Winter Games to Canada and today we are delighted to announce that we
will continue to apply our distribution expertise and network of resources to
help ensure the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are a model
of excellence and efficiency."
    Purolator will support VANOC's commitment to delivering sustainable Games
through its fleet of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), fuel optimization
policies and recyclable packaging. Purolator will also promote the Games with
uniquely decorated trucks and by placing the Official Supplier logo on
packaging.
    "Our goal is to share the spirit of the 2010 Winter Games with all
Canadians and Purolator is the perfect partner to make that happen. Purolator
employees will be personally delivering the excitement of the Games in the
form of event tickets and Games merchandise to large and small communities
throughout Canada," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "We're
proud to have a partner like Purolator that clearly shares VANOC's values of
excellence and sustainability by investing in environmentally-friendly
technologies."
    The Vancouver 2010 mascots, Miga, Quatchi and Sumi, will also rely on
Purolator's network to support their travels to each province and territory
across Canada. Purolator's Calgary, Toronto and Montreal depots will
occasionally serve as temporary homes for the mascots over the next two years
as they fulfill their commitments as ambassadors of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games.
    "As Canada's largest courier, we come into contact with millions of
Canadians from coast to coast as part of our daily business operations. This
makes us well-suited to help make the 2010 Winter Games truly Canada's Games,"
said Paul Merrick, General Manager of Purolator in British Columbia. "Our
dedicated employees will play a big role in helping to spread the spirit of
2010 and by delivering the Games to Canadians' doorsteps across the country."
    Today's announcement was made in front of 100 Purolator employees and
guests at an event held at Purolator's facilities in Richmond, BC, hosted by
Purolator president Robert C. Johnson and VANOC CEO John Furlong. The event
also featured Olympic speed skater Brock Miron, Paralympic wheelchair curler
Sonja Gaudet and guest appearances by Vancouver 2010 mascots Miga, Sumi and
Quatchi.

    About Purolator

    As the leading provider of integrated distribution solutions to, from and
within Canada, and one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures(TM)
(2007), Purolator Courier Ltd. of Mississauga, Ontario is committed to its
customers. From automated solutions to 24-hour pick up and delivery, Purolator
provides customers with the services and customized solutions required to get
their shipments across town or around the world. Purolator operates Canada's
largest dedicated air express fleet. Purolator has an extensive service
network, with more than 12,500 employees, including 3,500 couriers, 140
operations locations, 150 Shipping Centres, 800 Authorized Shipping Agents and
more than 350 drop boxes. Purolator has also implemented a company-wide
Quality Leadership Process that provides the necessary framework for
continuous improvement and operational excellence. As part of its commitment
to helping alleviate hunger, Purolator works closely with the Canadian
Association of Food Banks. Since 2003, Purolator has helped collect more than
1.5 million pounds of food for local food banks across Canada. For more
company information please visit www.purolator.com.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.
    VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding
partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host
successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport.
VANOC's Worldwide TOP Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's,
Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada,
Hbc, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada and RONA.
    VANOC's Official Supporters include Air Canada, the British Columbia
Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, the Insurance Corporation of British
Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian Mint, and Teck
Cominco Limited. VANOC's Official Suppliers are 3M, Birks, Britco, Dow Canada,
EPCOR, Haworth Canada, Nortel, Purolator, Saputo, Sun Microsystems,
tickets.com, TransCanada, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries and Workopolis.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/





For further information:

For further information: Purolator, Meaghan Benmore, Hill & Knowlton
Vancouver, Meaghan.benmore@hillandknowlton.ca, (604) 692-4228; Melita Vega,
Hill & Knowlton Toronto, Melita.vega@hillandknowlton.ca, (416) 413-4743;
VANOC, Katie Green, katie_green@vancouver2010.com, (778) 328-6473


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