Newspaper publisher Torstar is launching a new parcel delivery service in Ontario. The owner of the Toronto Star and nearly 80 other Ontario papers says Metroland Parcel Services will get packages to consumers in a fast and cost-effective way. The service will utilize Torstar’s contracted driver network to offer retailers next-day and standard two- or three-day deliveries that can be tracked. Torstar estimates the Ontario parcel delivery market is worth 4.5-billion dollars a year.
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Here is the media release:
TORONTO, Ontario (November 17, 2020) – Metroland Parcel Services, a Torstar business, announces the launch of a new parcel delivery service in Ontario. The first parcels delivered by Metroland were on behalf of the national retail chain Toys“R”Us Canada.
Torstar companies have delivered newspapers and flyers to most neighbourhoods in Ontario every week for more than 100 years. Metroland builds on this historic, trusted delivery expertise to provide Ontario retailers with a new rapid, dedicated, high-quality way to deliver their parcels right to the homes of their customers across Ontario.
The Ontario parcel delivery market is worth an estimated $4.5 billion a year and this year, for the first time ever, it is estimated that almost 50 per cent of consumers will shop online. Metroland is ideally placed to provide quality delivery service to e-commerce businesses in the province looking to ensure their parcels are delivered on time.
“As we have all seen, retail e-commerce revenue is growing rapidly and the impact of COVID-19 has accelerated it,” said Paul Rivett, chair and co-owner of Torstar Corporation. “As a result, some traditional parcel delivery organizations are struggling to meet service level commitments and major retailers are seeking ways to deal with this problem.