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

VANCOUVER, BC - - Purolator Courier Ltd. has been given "exclusive supplier" status for courier services for the 20...

VANCOUVER, BC – – Purolator Courier Ltd. has been given “exclusive supplier” status for 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 has 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 ( 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.

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.

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.

The 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.

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