Package delivery firms get ready to fill gap as Greyhound leaves Western Canada

CALGARY — Package delivery firms say they are prepared to fill the gap when Greyhound Canada closes most of its operations in Western Canada this October.

The company says its Greyhound Package Express service will no longer be available in most parts of B.C., northern Ontario and in all of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba after the end of October.

Dennis Steele, the owner of Steele’s Transfer in Calgary, says he expects to find opportunities to increase his small package deliveries when that happens.

Margaret Becker, who operates a small “hotshot” delivery business in Fort St. John in northeastern B.C., says her oil and gas clients use Greyhound as a parts delivery service and to transport workers to drop off points near drilling sites. But, she doesn’t think it be missed for long.

She says someone else will take it over, adding demand is low at the moment because depressed natural gas prices have stalled exploration activity.

Greyhound says the regions being closed accounted for almost all of the 1.2 million packages it delivers each year.

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Source:: Nationalpost – News


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