Canada Post touts new Richmond facility
Canada Post's new facility has nearly 10 kilometres of conveyer belts — a package takes three minutes to travel the whole length. (CANADA POST PHOTO)
A new $200-million Canada Post facility in Richmond represents a shift from the carrier’s traditional snail-mail role and into the new age of Internet-ordered packages delivered by parcel, according to a company official.
Rod Hart, a general manager with Canada Post, said on Wednesday the new facility replaces an old downtown Vancouver letter-sorting facility and a parcel facility in Richmond.
“We’ve been historically a mail company that delivered some parcels, but we’ve been undergoing a very massive transformation,” Hart said.
“If you look at our Christmas peak or Cyber Monday, any of these big online shipping days, we need the ability to process parcels or packages more quickly.
Much of the new facility is automated — there are nearly 10 kilometres in conveyer belts. Canada Post said the facility’s parcel workload has increased 29% since its soft-opening last year.
In the Vancouver area, parcel volumes have grown by 23% from 2011 to 2013. Meanwhile, letter mail continues its downward trend — falling another 4.7% in the first two quarters of 2014 compared to last year.