Canada Post is urging Canadians to shop earlier than normal this holiday season.
The Crown corporation announced it will be hiring 4,000 temporary seasonal employees, increasing its fleet by more than 1,000 vehicles, and adding more processing equipment in anticipation of the busy holiday shopping season. They will also be delivering on weekends if demand warrants it, adding more pickup locations, and extending hours at numerous post offices.
In a video released on YouTube Tuesday morning, Canada Post’s chief marketing officer, Rod Hart, said they are preparing for a holiday season “like no other” as more and more people are shopping due to COVID-19.
“This year online shopping has grown significantly as Canadians spend more time at home to combat COVID,” he said. “We expect that trend to continue, resulting in a significant number of parcels to process and deliver.”
Hart said although Canada Post has taken additional measures to improve service there is only so much they can process and deliver safely and urged Canadians to shop early in order to “avoid disappointment” this holiday season.
“We are asking you to break with tradition and shop early this holiday season to avoid disappointment,” he said. “If not, the traditional late holiday season surge of parcels on top of the expected demand could overwhelm our ability to process and deliver and cause delays.”
He also said Canada Post it is important for people to shop early this year, as it will contribute to a “great ending” to what has been a “very challenging” year.
“We know how important these items are to you and we want to deliver. We also know there are many retailers of all sizes gearing up for your early shopping,” Hart said. “We are gearing up to help you, and help them, have a great ending to a very challenging year.”