Purolator launches innovative Global Supply Chain Services to help Canadian businesses thrive



    The global marketplace is now more accessible to Canadian businesses

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Purolator Courier Ltd., the leading provider of
integrated distribution solutions to, from and within Canada, today introduced
its new Global Supply Chain Services facility in Richmond, British Columbia.
Purolator Global Supply Chain Services will open up the world to Canadian
businesses with a range of services that will help companies increase the
speed, reliability and efficiency by which they bring imported goods to their
customers.
    Based at a new 106,000 square foot facility in Richmond, Purolator Global
Supply Chain Services is fully integrated with Purolator's courier and freight
distribution networks, thereby reducing the time to get product from overseas
to store shelves in Canada.
    Purolator Global Supply Chain Services combines a range of Purolator's
services to meet individual customer needs including transporting goods from a
foreign country to Canada using a third party ocean or air carrier; the
process of clearing customer's goods through customs; providing short term
storage of goods until they are ready for distribution (if needed); sorting
and combining a variety of goods into a customized combined shipment for each
store or customer; and direct-to-store distribution through Purolator's
courier and freight network across Canada.
    Traditional global supply chain networks involve transporting goods from
an off-shore factory into a container which is loaded and shipped by air or
ocean freighter. After clearing customs the goods are then sent by rail or
truck to a retailer distribution centre and then shipped to individual stores.
Purolator's global supply chain service is based on direct-to-store
distribution, where (after clearing customs) the container is unloaded at a
Purolator deconsolidation centre near the port and a store-specific shipment
service is provided from there. By going direct to store from the port the
overall transit time can be reduced by up to one week. Decreasing the time
between manufacturing and putting items on Canadian shelves helps minimize the
business costs related to keeping inventory for prolonged times.
    Imports of containers to Canada have increased dramatically over the last
decade, particularly Asian imports through the port of Vancouver, which have
achieved a compound annual growth rate of almost 20 per cent since 1996.
    "Canadian businesses are increasingly competing in a global and complex
marketplace and require supply chain solutions that can provide them with a
competitive advantage - whether that is in cost, efficiency or flexibility,"
said Robert C. Johnson, President and C.E.O. of Purolator. "This new service
enables Canadian businesses to eliminate steps from their global supply chain
so that they can get their product to market faster and more efficiently and
with greater visibility."
    Purolator Global Supply Chain Services, which is offered anywhere in
Canada where goods enter or leave the country, will help eliminate many of the
challenges that exist with traditional supply chain networks including high
costs, complexity and delays. With traditional supply chain networks, managing
the sheer volume of imports in terms of paperwork, tracking, and customs
clearance is complex and time consuming. In addition, retail goods are often
time sensitive with seasonality, promotions, and unanticipated demand spikes
requiring precisely timed product arrivals and replenishment. The long supply
chains associated with overseas imports can make the timing of these arrivals
exceptionally difficult.
    One business already working with Purolator Global Supply Chain Services
is Vancouver-based, Smartbag Packaging Incorporated. Smartbag Packaging
Incorporated imports printed and plain cloth bags from China in a wide range
of styles and colours. Purolator's expertise in global shipping, combined with
its extensive national distribution network is enabling Smartbag Packaging to
grow its business and overcome the challenges of distributing imported goods
without increasing its investment in inventory or facilities.

    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 over 12,500 employees, including more than 3,500 couriers, over
140 operations locations, over 150 Shipping Centres, over 550 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 also 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.

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For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Meaghan Benmore, Hill & Knowlton, Tel. (604) 692-4228, (604) 340-5025,
meaghan.benmore@hillandknowlton.ca; Whitney Stanford, Hill & Knowlton, Tel.
(604) 692-4223, (778) 836-3659, whitney.stanford@hillandknowlton.ca


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