As reported by various Canadian consumer media outlets earlier this week, the move will result in the loss of 214 jobs, but will not affect FedEx’s shipping business in Canada. Eighteen of the FedEx Office stores are in Ontario, five in B.C. and one in Nova Scotia – including a manufacturing plant in Markham, Ontario and its head office in Toronto. The closings are set to begin in August. The shipping giant has been operating in Canada for 32 years. Spokeswoman Stacey Sullivan added that the decision was made after assessing current and future business prospects. FedEx Office shops offer a range of business services including copying and printing, sign making, office supplies sales and packaging services. The stores are also used as pick-up and drop-off sites for FedEx shipping.
Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.