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COMPETITION WATCH: Purolator direct-to-store distribution cuts transit times

RICHMOND, B.C. -- Purolator Courier Ltd. has recently launched its global supply chain services, based at its new 1...

RICHMOND, B.C. — Purolator Courier Ltd. has recently launched its global supply chain services, based at its new 106,000 sq. ft. facility in Richmond, B.C.

Purolator’s global supply chain service is based on direct-to-store distribution, where (after clearing customs) the container is unloaded at the Richmond deconsolidation centre, which is located close to all Lower Mainland port facilities as well as Vancouver International airport.

A store-specific shipment service is provided from there. By going direct-to-store from the port, the overall transit time can be reduced substantially, according to Purolator, which will also minimize the business costs related to inventory storage.

“Our solution streamlines distribution flow resulting in significant efficiencies and improved time-to-market,” said Purolator Courier Ltd’s president and CEO, Robert Johnson, who was speaking at the Richmond launch. “For instance: by going direct-to-the-store from the port, the overall transit time for a typical shipment from a factory in China, to a store in Canada, can be reduced by one week or more.”

Johnson adds that not only does the direct-to-store solution benefit companies from a logistics and cost perspective, but it also offers a positive impact on the environment through reduced shipping requirements.

As well, Global supply chain services offers an additional advantage to high-growth Canadian companies that typically do not have the facilities, or labour capacity, to keep up with growth demand.

“These companies can leverage the facilities, processes, and expertise of Purolator global supply chain services, to meet the demand without incurring the additional cost and complexity of expanding their operations. Instead, they can focus on other aspects of their business and leave the distribution of their goods throughout North America, to Purolator.”

For more information about Purolator’s global supply chain services, located at 18233 Blundell Road, Unit 120 in Richmond, or any other services, contact

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