MISSISSAUGA, Ont.– Federal Express Canada Ltd. (FedEx Express Canada) announced an agreement reached with Home Hardware Stores Limited that allows individual dealer-owners the ability to house full-service FedEx Authorized ShipCentres within their stores. This agreement represents the largest opportunity for FedEx Express and FedEx Ground retail growth within Canada to date.
“The rise in e-commerce has presented both Home Hardware and FedEx Express Canada an opportunity to enhance our respective business models,” said Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada. “Our alliance with Home Hardware expands our retail footprint across Canada, giving online shoppers more points-of-access options to meet their shipping needs.”
E-commerce is the largest driving force in the global economy and is projected in the 2013 FedEx Annual Report to reach $1 trillion in sales by 2016.
In November, FedEx Express Canada forecasted that 60% of Canadians would do some form of online shopping for the 2013 holiday season. In order to meet the needs of Canadian e-consumers, transportation companies are required to offer more proximate “points-of-access” options for drop-off and pick-up services. With close to 1,100 stores across Canada, Home Hardware Dealer-Owners will soon be able to offer FedEx’s full suite of domestic and international shipping solutions for their respective communities, said the company release.
“As e-commerce continues to grow, we are excited to work with FedEx which is a leader in the global transportation industry. This alliance will bring more traffic into our stores as well as increase convenience for all customers,” said Paul Straus, president & chief executive officer for Home Hardware Stores Limited.
“Home Hardware is a strong, renowned Canadian brand and the opportunity our alliance creates will result in a better e-commerce experience for more Canadians,” said Lisson. “Through Home Hardware, FedEx Express Canada and FedEx Ground will be more easily accessible to Canadian communities than ever before. Conversely, hosting a FedEx Authorized ShipCentre allows Home Hardware to connect their customers within their respective communities to the rest of Canada and the world with efficiency and effectiveness.”
The FedEx Authorized ShipCentres will be rolled out across Canada in a series of implementation waves throughout the year.
“As Home Hardware celebrates our 50th anniversary this year, we also look ahead towards the next 50 years. This exciting alliance with FedEx Express Canada is one of the many ways in which we continue to innovate to add more value to our customers’ shopping experience,” said Straus.