CANADA POST

CANADA POST

November 04, 2005 11:13 ET

Canada Post: Connecting Canadians with Loved Ones this Holiday Season

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 4, 2005) - Canada Post has everything Canadians need to ensure timely delivery of their gifts and greetings this busy holiday season. Whether packages and cards need to be shipped within Canada, to the United States, or abroad, Canada Post has a delivery option for every destination and every budget. The post office also offers ways to make packaging holiday items fun and festive.

"The holidays can be a stressful and chaotic time for even the most organized person," said Cal Hart, senior vice-president, Marketing and Product Management at Canada Post. "Through our variety of sending options and selection of unique festive packaging, Canada Post not only delivers packages and gifts, but also peace of mind for busy, time-starved Canadians."

The holidays are the busiest time of year for Canada Post. Last year alone, 652 million cards, letters and parcels were delivered via the post office. With this holiday season shaping up to be just as busy, Canada Post reminds Canadians of the variety of delivery options and innovative packaging solutions available at local post offices and online.

GETTING IT THERE ON TIME

Xpresspost™ is a smart alternative to courier services for people who need to get holiday cards and packages delivered quickly. It provides fast (1-3 days for most areas in Canada), guaranteed delivery at a cost much less than other courier services, and can be used to send documents, packages and parcels within Canada, the U.S., and abroad.

For more information, go to www.canadapost.ca and click on Xpresspost.

SHIPPING FROM HOME

With Ship-in-a-Click™ consumers can now print shipping labels and postage from the comfort of their own homes, making it even easier to get ready for the holiday season. Ship-in-a-Click is an easy-to-use, online shipping service that allows consumers to send packages when it's convenient for them - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After affixing the label, packages can be placed in any Canada Post mailbox or brought to a post office. Visit www.canadapost.ca/shipinaclick to see how easy it is.

SHARING THE FESTIVE SPIRIT

Canadians can easily add a festive touch to their holiday mailings and ensure their parcels arrive safely and securely. Canada Post has a variety of festive packaging options from decorated bubble mailers to boxes already adorned with holiday images. With new designs released each season, this year's festive stamps and packages feature a colourful and playful snowman. As well, all the important tools - such as bubble wrap, foam peanuts, packing tape, etc. - to wrap-up your holiday wishes, are available at your local post office.

ADDING THAT PERSONAL TOUCH

For those looking for a new twist on the classic family holiday portrait, Canada Post's Picture Postage™ offers Canadians a new way to add a little flare to holiday cards and packages by creating real stamps from your favourite photos. Picture Postage is a unique and creative way for consumers to capture - and share - those special moments in life at the holidays, and year-round.

Go to www.picturepostage.ca for more information.

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