OTTAWA, Ont.– Canada Post has introducd its FlexDelivery service, which allows customers to direct the items they order online to a post office near their workplace, their child’s caregiver, their cottage or a travel destination – or any place in Canada. Roughly one in three households has nobody at home when Canada Post attempts to deliver a parcel at the door, so FlexDelivery can mean no more missed deliveries.
Consumers can sign up for FlexDelivery in just a few minutes on canadapost.ca. They choose their preferred post office locations and receive their unique identification code and a FlexDelivery address to use for each location. When they’re shopping online, they enter one of their FlexDelivery addresses rather than their home address. When the item has arrived at their chosen post office, they’ll get an email telling them it’s ready for pickup.
“Consumers are demanding flexibility and convenience when it comes to delivery,” says René Desmarais, Senior Vice-President, Parcels, at Canada Post. “FlexDelivery meets that need by being the most convenient delivery experience available.”
Canada Post’s research suggests about half of Canada’s frequent online shoppers would buy online more often – and buy items of higher value – if they had a delivery option like FlexDelivery. While 76 per cent of Canadian households are shopping online, 1.5 million did so for the first time only last year. But once they test the waters of online shopping, many Canadians dive right in: one in five first-time online shoppers in 2013 became frequent shoppers (11 times a year or more) in 2014, said the company in a release.