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Current Courier Conditions

As customers who are sending packages today already know, the seasonal rush has put our service at high demand and as a result we are experiencing delays.

We provide this note to you with good reason - if you are planning to send out your holiday gift packages to clients or associates using Sierra Courier, we highly encourage you to book now. Monday and Tuesday will be even busier than today, so please take this under consideration and submit your request immediately.

We also, of course, want to take this time to wish all of our customers a Happy Holiday season. This has been an incredible year for Winnipeg and we look forward to serving you again in 2014.

All the best to all of yours from all of us.

Let's face it - nothing is better for a Sierra Courier staff member than delivering joy, and that doesn't happen at any time of the year more than the holiday season. The smiles on Winnipeggers' faces tells the whole story. Over the next few weeks we're going to share some good time stories with you, our valued customers.

The holiday season often brings about some interesting trends. Leaving aside the fervor of past hot toy trends like Tickle Me Elmo, the festive season always brings about some interesting traditions which spread from city to city, bringing with it a global sense of good cheer that is founded in organic growth.

The longest-endearing of these trends is the famed yule log. Today, you can bring home the warmth of the crackling wood, burning in a traditional cast-iron fireplace in so many ways - on your TV through on-demand services, DVDs and yes, even apps on your SmartPhone.

Did you know, though, that the original yule log was done in New York?

It's true. WPIX was the first station to air the famed yule log back in 1966. Station President and CEO Fred M. Thrower made history by setting aside valuable air time (including $4,000 worth of commercial time) to air a 17-second loop of video, filmed at the home of New York's mayor. After being used so repeatedly that the 35mm film began to disintegrate, a second run was shot in California just a few years later.

Today, the yule log is one of the true trends of the holidays that endears in the hearts of family and friends across Winnipeg and around the world.

Happy Holidays from Sierra Courier.

They walk with pride, they attract attention wherever they go and because they are so tall, they are difficult to move around.

No, we're not talking about lifesize robots (though we could be since it's getting close to the holiday season); we're talking about the large mammals that inhabit zoos and strike wonder into the hearts of all who gaze upon them - giraffes.

Now we're not going to make light of their height, which can reach 20 ft., especially since, hypothetically we could get a request to ship one of the much-larger-than-life animals.

Now packaging the giraffe would have to be done very carefully. While their necks are sturdy and risk of injury isn't a factor, there are logistics that come into play, such as having an animal of that magnitude; but transport, even by ground, is possible.

Witness this example from our friends on the other side of the equator:

So the next time you need something large shipped, remember - size doesn't matter - Sierra can courier it!

Wow, did it get cold quickly in Winnipeg or what?

It sort of snuck up on us. Sunday it snowed, and then, all the sudden, the cold snapped at us fiercely, putting us in sub -15 temperatures (and even lower with the windchill). This is what we're supposed to get in late January, not late November!

Alas, there's not much we can do but complain about the weather; well, other than stay indoors. In fact, making even the smallest trip out for an errand is probably, nay assuredly is the single worst task you could be asked to do right about now.

So spare your employees the urge to protest, and rather than sending a helpless individual out into the frigid temperatures with their snowbrush and your package, call Sierra now for your delivery needs in Winnipeg.

Ah art - so subjective, so particular, so special.

And there's arguably no art piece more recognized worldwide than the Mona Lisa.

Yes, the half-smiling subject of hundreds of thousands of replications is one of the most treasured pieces in the world. Through preservation, thievery and urban legend, it is by far the most storied artwork in history.

So here comes the big question, as was once asked to us - would we ship the Mona Lisa?

It's an interesting hypothetical, given that the painting is housed at The Louvre in France and the chances of it coming to Winnipeg... well, let's say there's more likelihood of there being a World Series parade on Portage Avenue.

But this is a hypothetical, so let's say that instead of The Queen's massive portrait being re-hung in Winnipeg, we're putting up The Mona Lisa at the MTS Centre.

Well for one, we'd call on our sister company, Crossdock Manitoba, to help out with this major pick-up from The Louvre. There are some definite logistics at work here, including which materials to use (somehow, newspaper doesn't seem appropriate). We've also heard stories about the Grey Cup and Stanley Cup getting plane tickets rather being stowed in storage on a flight; wethinks the same would apply here.

So once the Mona Lisa arrives in Winnipeg, there would likely be a cause celebre around its arrival, which would mean that we'd have to be at our best, just like we are any time we pick up and deliver a package in Winnipeg.

Finally, once it arrives at the MTS Centre, we would deliver it very carefully to its new temporary owner. Perhaps Mark Chipman takes it off our hands or Dustin Byfuglien is the point person (pardon the pun).

Until that day comes though, know your package is as safe as the Mona Lisa in our hands. Call Sierra Courier today at 204-632-8920 or use our eTrac system to make a request online.