Same-day Delivery has come to Canada. Canada Post announced Tuesday that it launched a pilot program in the greater Toronto area that will provide evening delivery of products ordered earlier that day from select online retailers.
Canada Post said in a press release that Delivered Tonight will be available to a limited number of greater Toronto area customers through the participating retailers until the end of the holiday shopping season. This focused pilot is expected to create a new category of online shoppers and add to more than 90,000 parcels Canada Post delivers in the GTA on average per business day.
Canada Post will work with four retailers – Best Buy, Future Shop, Indigo and Walmart – who meet specific volume thresholds and are willing to meet pilot requirements including existing specifications for size and weight.
The Delivered Tonight project combines the immediacy of purchasing a product in a store with the convenience of ecommerce home delivery. In partnership with Canada Post, these retailers are leveraging the Delivered Tonight pilot to better understand and adapt to the needs and expectations of Canada’s rapidly evolving ecommerce market.
The pilot will also help Canada Post better understand and plan for the considerable challenges of delivering a product through rush-hour traffic within hours of it being ordered online.