VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, November 27, 2013 – Launching in Vancouver today, zipments.ca is set to disrupt the retail shopping industry by providing low cost, same day courier services to retailers throughout the Vancouver region, starting with Mountain Equipment Co-op and Edible Canada as retail partners. zipments.ca is the first Canadian company to use the sharing economy, by leveraging on advances in mobile technology and a flexible workforce to provide “Delivery Your Way,” even outside of normal business hours and on weekends.
The sharing economy refers to new business models based upon allowing individuals to earn extra income by monetizing their existing systems or assets via mobile technology and web platforms. Popular examples include AirBnB, Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft. Zipments.ca allows local retailers and shoppers to get what they need delivered wherever and whenever they like, seven days a week from 9 am until 9 pm. To start with, zipments.ca will offer deliveries in the City of Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Robert Safrata, CEO of Novex, a traditional courier company, took notice that the growth of the sharing economy was going to affect the future of Novex. After hearing about New York-based Zipments Corp., Safrata negotiated the rights to an exclusive agreement to bring it to Canada. zipments.ca leverages technology, the shared economy and businesses partnerships to make local deliveries more efficient, convenient, cost competitive and personable for retailers, shoppers, businesses and residents.
“We believe that efficient local delivery is critical to a vibrant local economy,” says Robert Safrata. “By cultivating a sustainable community where we take care of each other and our surroundings through cooperative use of resources, we are working towards building a more cohesive and productive city.”
For the launch of zipments.ca, consumers looking for a simple way to shop for the upcoming holiday season can visit Mountain Equipment Co-op and Edible Canada and get same day delivery, quick and easy. In time for the holiday season, Mountain Equipment Co-op now offers same day / next day shipping Monday to Friday. As part of its introduction, Mountain Equipment Co-op will be offering free zipments.ca deliveries this upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday while Edible Canada will offer $5.00 zipments.ca deliveries from today through until December 6.
“Edible Canada is delighted to help our Holiday e-commerce customers with an easy, affordable and local same day delivery service in our community with zipments.ca,” says Eric Pateman, President of Edible Canada. “The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about your gifts arriving on time, and zipments.ca will ensure our deliveries are seamless.”
MEC vice-president of operations Gary Faryon said, “MEC is pleased to offer our Vancouver and North Shore members a convenient, low footprint and price friendly delivery solution as part of our on-line shopping experience, through zipments.ca, MEC’s new store-to-your-front-door delivery partner.”
A team of Lifestyle Couriers fulfills the zipments.ca deliveries. Comprised of a combination of independent courier companies, part time couriers and qualified individuals who have the time to make some extra money, zipments.ca is a courier that fits any lifestyle. Couriers are connected with paid delivery opportunities and in the time frame that they choose.
Zipments.ca is planning to expand their territory of operation in early 2014 as well as rolling out their consumer-based mobile app for personal use. Longer term, Safrata aims to expand into cities and towns Canada-wide as more people realize the positive impact of this delivery service method.
Zipments.ca uses technology to make local deliveries more efficient, convenient, cost competitive and personable for retailers, shoppers, businesses and residents. With a deep commitment to a clean planet, local commerce and thriving communities, zipments.ca is the most comprehensible solution for local, same-day delivery. For more information, call (778) 834-3610 or visit www.zipments.ca, www.facebook.com/zipments.ca, @zipmentsca