Free Postage – not a typo.

Canada Post Think Small

In reaction to the pandemic situation, and recognizing the effects on small business, Canada Post is stepping up and offering free postage. This offer applies to small business clients, charitable organizations and others that qualify.

You can mail up to 6,000 pieces of Neighbourhood Mail for zero postage – a savings of about $1000.

This program has just been announced and is sure to be popular. Contact us to be first in line for free postage!

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We are open! (with changed hours)

Mail continues to flow across Canada and we are still here helping people and businesses communicate through print and mail. Like everyone we have made some changes to the way we operate, but as always we are ready to help you.

We have adjusted our hours of operation: we are now open 10-4 on weekdays. If you need to drop something off to us outside of those hours, we ask that you call us and we will make arrangements.

Even more than normal, advance notice of your mailing is appreciated. If you are planning a mailing, please let us know what deadlines you are working with and we can help you plan out an accurate timeline for delivery

Above all, we hope you are keeping safe and healthy.

Steve, Jean, Jamie, Gerry, and Cam

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Holiday Mailing Schedule 2019

It is that time of year again and if you want to send mail for the holidays Canada Post has deadlines.  We’ve reproduced their dates below.

Note that Canada Post isn’t guaranteeing their normal service turnaround due to heavy volumes at this time of year so the sooner you ship the more likely your letter/card/package will arrive on time.

“The on-time service performance guarantee for Priority, Xpresspost and Expedited Parcel items shipped from November 11, 2019 through to January 12, 2020 inclusive, is being modified.  Claims will only be considered for payment if the item is delivered two or more days after the published delivery standards”

Packages
Canada Priority Xpresspost Regular Parcel
Every province 23 Dec 20 Dec 11 Dec
U.S.
Every state 19 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec
Priority Xpresspost Air Surface
Worldwide International Parcels/Packets Parcels/Packets
International
Europe 18 Dec 9 Dec 3 Dec 26 Oct
Asia/Australia/New Zealand 17 Dec 6 Dec 3 Dec 1 Oct
Central and South America 18 Dec 6 Dec 3 Dec 15 Oct
Africa 13 Dec 3 Dec 26 Nov 1 Oct
Middle East 13 Dec 6 Dec 3 Dec 1 Oct
Holiday Cards
Canada
Within a city 20 Dec
Within a province 19 Dec
Across provinces 18 Dec
U.S.
Every state 9 Dec
International
Europe 2 Dec
Asia/Australia/
New Zealand
2 Dec
Central and South America 2 Dec
Africa 25 Nov
Middle East 2 Dec
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It Was The Summer of ’89

(Apologies to Bryan Adams)

As we turn to fall I realized I hadn’t marked the business milestone of 30 years. In the summer of ’89 I started presenting businesses with a sophisticated marketing pitch:

“Do you send anything out in the mail?”

There were enough answers in the affirmative that we are still here 30 years later.

Our success is due to our current staff: Jean, Jamie, Gerry, and Cameron – and all those who have gone before them.

Here’s to many more years!

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Postage Sale!

New to Direct Mail or just haven’t used it in a while? Canada Post has discounted prices available for your promotional material in 2019. Save an incredible 25% on your postage if you haven’t mailed in the last 12 months. This offer is good for up to 6 mailings in 2019, but expires on December 31st.

Contact us now to check your eligibility for this fantastic offer!

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Canada Post Yearly Price Increase

Rates go up today, service changes in effect

Today is the day of Canada Post’s yearly price increase. Most services have seen a modest increase in price; certain charges, like the Neighbourhood Mail Transportation Fee, have remained at their 2018 amounts. As always you can visit our Postal Rates page for links to the most recent price sheets.

Service changes for 2019 are also in effect today, including the exciting news that Canada Post has reduced the minimum piece requirement for Machineable mail to just 100 pieces. This is a real game-changer for small business to be able to access postage discounts on the kind of direct mail that drives sales.

Act now, while our rates are unchanged

While the 2019 Canada Post rates are now a reality, we at Aristos Mail Tech are still reviewing our rates for 2019. Call us today and take advantage of last year’s prices while you still can!

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Postal Strike Information

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has given notice that it intends to hold rotating strikes in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and Halifax beginning after 12:01 am on Monday, October 22 (local time), and lasting 24 hours. In those areas, mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up.

Canada Post continues to operate across Canada. They are accepting and delivering mail and parcels in all other locations.

Aristos believes that this is only going to affect Victoria for 24 hours so we will be processing mail and be open for business on Oct 22. We will deposit mail to the post office on Oct 23.

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Canada Post Service and Price Changes Happen Today

See our earlier post for full details of the changes that came in to effect today.

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Only 12 Mailing Days left to left to take advantage of Canada Post’s discount rate!

Canada Post has been offering an incredible discount of 25% on Personalized Mail to clients who haven’t used their services in the last 12 months, but this offer may not return in 2018.

Connect directly with your customers and promote your product, service, or event for an incredibly low price. Call us now to take advantage of big savings!

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Holiday Hours at Aristos

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Aristos! While helping to get everyone’s winter mailouts completed, we’d like to let you know about our upcoming hours of operation:

  • Friday, December 22 – Open 9am to 2pm
  • Monday, December 25 – Closed
  • Tuesday, December 26 – Closed
  • Wednesday, December 27 – Open 10am-2pm
  • Thursday, December 28 – Open 10am-2pm
  • Friday, December 29 – Open 10am-2pm
  • Monday, January 1 – Closed

As always, if you have a delivery to make outside of these hours, please feel free to call us and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

From all of us at Aristos, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and all our best wishes for the new year.

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