Werner Enterprises expands final-mile service into Canada

Truckload carrier Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) is expanding its final-mile service into Canada, aiming to get a larger slice of the exploding e-commerce market.

“Our experience in Canada for more than 20 years, combined with our delivery capability, will help many of our e-commerce customers serve new and existing customers in the Canadian market,” Craig Stoffel, vice president of global logistics and final mile for Werner Enterprises, said in a release.

Werner Final Mile logistics solutions will now include door-to-door service to residential and business locations in all provinces and territories across Canada. 

Werner Final Mile will be combined with Werner EDGE, the company’s proprietary technology platform, Stoffel said.

“Utilizing our network of strategic alliance agents, Werner Final Mile delivers large or heavy items using two uniformed associates operating a liftgate straight truck, enabling customers to ship non-conveyable products, including returns and exchanges, in both the U.S. and Canada,” Stoffel said.

Werner’s final-mile service includes furniture, appliances, medical and fitness equipment, store fixtures, and other heavy goods that require two people to deliver. 

Werner Final Mile was launched in the United States in 2017, operating from about 200 locations nationwide.

In Canada, e-commerce sales were $3.4 billion in April, a 56% increase compared with March, according to Statistics Canada, the country’s national statistics agency.  

The U.S. e-commerce market is also skyrocketing, according to the recently released Adobe Digital Economic Index. Total online spending in May was $82.5 billion, up 77% year-over-year from May 2019.

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