November 30, 2010 – JERICHO, NY -- A strong Canadian dollar coupled with a rebounding economy has led many U.S. retailers to expand operations into Canada, resulting in a significant jump in demand for logistics providers with cross border expertise. Purolator USA is ready to meet that demand, with several new service options, and unmatched expertise in transporting shipments to, from and within the Canadian market. Purolator’s new service options include distribution center bypass strategies, consolidation/LTL service, returns management solutions and express delivery capability.

    U.S. retailers’ interest in Canada has been fueled by a number of positive economic developments taking place in that country in recent months. First, the Canadian economy has regained much of the ground that was lost during the economic recession, with the Bank of Canada predicting a 3.5 percent GNP increase this year. Second, the Canadian dollar has remained at near-parity with its U.S. counterpart for several months, giving Canadian consumers greater buying power.

    In fact, a recent report by Colliers International found that Canadian holiday sales are expected to jump by more than 9 percent this year (compared with a 2.3 percent increase forecast for U.S. retailers). All of this positive news has not been lost on U.S. retailers, several of which – Victoria’s Secret, Loews, Brooks Brothers, Bath and Body Works, and Anthropologie – opened retail facilities in Canada this year.

    “Canada has been an exciting source of growth for U.S. retailers this year,” said Purolator USA Vice President of 
    Strategic Initiatives & Business Development Conal Finnegan. “But critical to the success of any U.S. business entering the Canadian market is a sound logistics plan that takes into account the unique nature of the Canadian market. Purolator offers customized solutions to meet each of our customers’ specific needs, and we also offer unmatched experience in the Canadian market – including border clearance expertise.”

    Purolator also offers an extensive distribution network throughout Canada, which touches even the most remote regions of that vast country. Through its deep distribution network, Purolator is able to provide guaranteed on-time delivery to most locations, as well as “out of the box” logistics solutions. 

    “Businesses thinking about expanding to Canada need to have an experienced logistics partner on their side,” Finnegan said. “Many carriers claim to have cross border expertise and knowledge of the Canadian market, but few can match Purolator’s decades of experience and extensive operations. When it comes to flawless logistics between the U.S. and Canada, there really is only one choice.”

    About Purolator USA
    Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd, Canada’s leading overnight courier company. Purolator USA specializes in the air and surface forwarding of Express, Freight and Parcel shipments, customs brokerage, fulfillment and delivery services to, from and within Canada.

    In addition to facilities throughout New York, Purolator USA has locations in key markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.