A Canada Post strike is pending
Here’s a warning for anyone who relies on Canada Post, the Canadian postal service, it looks like a strike is pending. It will start on July 2nd, apparently.
The dispute regards new contracts for Canadian posties. Mike Palecek of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says: “We are asking management to give us a chance, to give the public review a chance, to keep sitting down with us at the bargaining table, and give the workers a chance to get a fair deal.”
Jon Hamilton of Canada Post says: “Canada Post has been attempting to move the negotiations forward since December with little success.”
Such logjams sound familiar.
But what does all this mean for online retailers and marketplace sellers? We haven’t seen any assurances from eBay or Amazon regarding this possible strike. But we’d hope that infractions for late delivery will be dealt with leniently.
Added to amend: This page about the possible strikes can be found on eBay Canada.
With the strike from Canada Post looming most Canadian Mailers are feeling very vulnerable. Canada Post has such a large share of the parcel market it is difficult for the other carriers to pick up the slack effectively.
The other carriers are rightly focusing on meeting the needs of their current customers. They are also asking for long term agreements from new signees with Claw-back clauses (if you leave early, you have to pay a penalty).
What is a shipper to do? The answer is become educated. See shipping as a commodity that it is and be in charge of your supply chain.
Here is a link to some tools that you can utilize to better manage your courier and your courier spend.