Deluge of Amazon orders nearly overloads Iqaluit’s post office
Flurry of shipments follows fears of losing free shipping
It’s been nearly two weeks since some Iqaluit residents encountered an error message from Amazon that prevented items from being shipped to the city.
It wasn’t long before many residents found workarounds, such as changing the postal code from the one usually used to ship to the city, X0A 0H0, to X0A 1H0.
With the future of Amazon deliveries to the community seemingly uncertain, some Iqalungmuit took advantage of the opportunity and placed large orders.
Now all those packages are arriving, on top of the usual parcel traffic. A Canada Post employee said on social media at the end of last week that the Iqaluit facilities were at capacity.
In order to alleviate the influx of packages, Canada Post asks that residents pick up their parcels as soon as they receive their delivery notice cards.
To maximize pickup times, Canada Post was open this past Sunday, Oct. 20, and will continue to gauge the situation on a daily basis to determine if additional pickup times are needed.
By the middle of last week, the Amazon issue was resolved, but the service disruption lasted long enough to remind people of 2015, when Amazon stopped offering free shipping to Nunavut communities outside Iqaluit.
Many Iqaluit residents have come to depend on Amazon for the delivery of staples, including everything from toilet paper to food. The popularity of the delivery service is evident from the long lineups frequently seen at the city’s package warehouse, which was specifically acquired to handle a large number of incoming packages.