Ship with Purolator and help send an end to hunger this holiday season

    TORONTO, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - Shipping experts at Purolator encourage
consumers to get an early start on their holiday shipping to ensure gifts and
packages arrive on time - and at the same time - help send an end to hunger.
    Year round Purolator works with the Canadian Association of Food Banks
(CAFB) to move more food to more people who desperately need it. This holiday
season, Purolator will donate up to $75,000 to the CAFB by making a 50 cent
donation for every non-account shipment made between November 19 and
December 31, 2007 at Purolator Retail Centres and STAPLES Business Depot and
BUREAU EN GROS locations as well as over 550 authorized Purolator Shipping
    "Since 2003, we've focused our attention and efforts on what we believe
is one of the most fundamental and pressing issues facing every community -
hunger," said Brian Meagher, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and
Customer Service. "Through our ability to provide coast-to-coast coverage
across Canada and our commitment to the communities in which we live and work,
we can make a meaningful difference in the fight to end hunger this holiday
    Purolator predicts its busiest shipping day of the year will be Monday,
December 17, 2007. On this day alone, Purolator estimates that it will pick up
and deliver in excess of 1.3 million packages destined for domestic and
international locations.
    Consumers and businesses have a variety of options from which to choose
to ensure their package arrives in time for the holidays:

    -   Visit to access Purolator E-Ship(TM) Online where
        consumers and businesses can arrange to ship their holiday packages
        in a few easy steps. Purolator E-Ship(TM) Online is the faster,
        easier way to ship, a one-stop shop for all of your shipping
    -   Call 1 888-SHIP-123 to schedule a pick up.
    -   Drop by one of Purolator's 150 plus Retail Centres or its more than
        550 Shipping Agents.
    -   Visit a Purolator Shipping Centre now located in 270 STAPLES Business
        Depot and BUREAU EN GROS locations across Canada (visit for locations).

    Purolator is also offering a series of packaging tips to help ensure
customers' packages arrive ready to impress. Visit for
additional packaging and shipping tips.

    Purolator's tips for holiday packaging perfection

    Tip No.1 - Stock up on the right packing materials

    Key packing materials include:

    -   Bubble wrap: Available in different sizes, bubble wrap offers
        protection and soft padding for fragile gifts. Be sure to wrap gifts
        with the bubble side of the wrap facing inward.

    -   Shredded or crumpled construction paper: Ideal for fitting in empty
        spaces in a box as an extra cushion so items don't move around in the

    -   Polystyrene packing chips: Versatile filler suitable for lightweight

    -   Corrugated boxes and inserts. Available in different levels of
        thickness, these are more durable and provide an extra layer of
        cushion for delicate objects.

    Tip No.2 - Know when to use a box or an envelope

    Unless the item is a card or letter, use a box for packing gifts - a box
    offers better protection as the package is being processed as well as
    during transport. It's always better to use a new box since previously
    used boxes lose their strength over time.

    Tip No. 3 - Use the right packing technique

    Each item should be separated from the walls of the box by at least two
    inches of appropriate packaging material to keep them from shifting. Be
    sure to firmly secure the contents of the box - especially lightweight
    and fragile items - by using an appropriate amount of filler material.

    Tip No.4 - Seal the package securely

    To ensure your package is tightly sealed use good quality packing tape at
    least two inches in width. Avoid using masking tape or cellophane tape as
    they aren't secure enough. As well, do not use string, rope, plastic
    straps or elastic bands to tie packages together as it can get caught in
    Purolator's sorting equipment.

    Tip No. 5 - Learn more about shipping to the U.S. or internationally

    For packages being sent to the U.S. or internationally, Purolator
    provides door-to-door delivery in more than 220 other countries from
    Argentina to Zimbabwe. If you're shipping to the U.S. or internationally
    this holiday season, visit Purolator's website at for
    guidelines to help ensure your package clears customs efficiently and
    arrives safely. All shipments require an accurate description of the
    items being shipped; using "gift" as a description will cause customs
    delays. You may be required to prepare additional documentation to ensure
    the gifts you send clear customs in the destination country.

    Tip No. 6 - Track your package

    You can track your package using your package identification number at

    Purolator's shipping deadlines for 2007

    Shipments must be tendered to Purolator by the dates listed below in
order to be delivered before Dec. 25. Transit times are based on departure
from and arrival to major city centres. Please call 1 888 SHIP-123 to confirm
actual transit time for your particular shipment.

                        Destination                        Cut-off
    Canada (delivered next day where applicable)           Dec. 21
    United States (Purolator next day noon delivery
     destinations)                                         Dec. 21
    United States (Purolator next day 6 p.m. delivery
     destinations)                                         Dec. 21
    United States (delivered second day by 6 p.m.)         Dec. 20
    United States (delivered via Purolator Ground(TM))     Dec. 13-19
                                                           (Depending on
                                                           transit zones)
    Western Europe and United Kingdom                      Dec. 19
    Eastern Europe                                         Dec. 17
    Africa                                                 Dec. 17
    Middle East                                            Dec. 18
    Australia                                              Dec. 18
    Caribbean and Mexico                                   Dec. 19
    South and Central America                              Dec. 18
    Far East                                               Dec. 17

    About Purolator

    As Canada's leading overnight courier company, 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 processes over 5.5 million pieces (delivery and pick up) each
week for destinations across Canada and around the world. 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 1.4 million pounds of food for local food banks
across Canada.
    For more company information please visit

For further information:

For further information: To speak to a Purolator spokesperson about
holiday shipping tips, or for more information, please contact: Melita Vega,
Hill & Knowlton, (416) 413-4743,; Cathy
Kurzbock, Hill & Knowlton, (416) 413-4755,

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