Bunzl Canada Opens New Distribution Facility in Vaudreuil-Dorion

Burlington, ON – August 30, 2019 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) today announced the opening of a new, state-of-the-art distribution centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec. The company’s previous investments in the province have included the acquisition of sanitation supply businesses Emballages Maska and Plus II Sanitation, which now operate under the R3 Redistribution brand banner.

“Quebec is a very strategic market for Bunzl,” said Bunzl Canada President, John Howlett. “We continue to invest in growing our wholesale distribution business across the province. This exceptional new facility is an example of that. It will allow us to increase the product offering and tools we provide to our customers and continue to enhance their service experience.”

Bunzl Canada’s Quebec operations are in multiple centres, including Montreal, Quebec City, Boucherville, and Lachine, with sales and customer service operations in Saint-Hyacinthe.

“We are committed to giving our customers access to knowledgeable, local people who provide personal service and dedicated support, so maintaining our local presence is vital,” Howlett said. “That, combined with our comprehensive range of product categories and reliable national supply network, allows us to play a unique and pivotal role in our customers’ business success.”

Bunzl Canada provides a wide range of cleaning and hygiene products and equipment, food and retail packaging, safety products and industrial supplies to businesses across Canada. The company continually invests in new equipment, training and technology to improve employee and workplace safety. It has run a number of recruitment campaigns this year to staff its operations in Quebec. Vaudreuil-Dorion, twice cited as one of the best cities in Canada in which to raise a family, was not only selected for its convenient access to major transportation routes but its attractiveness as a location for employees to live and work.

For more information about Bunzl Canada please visit the company’s website at bunzlcanada.ca.

Bunzl Canada Pilots Natural Gas Vehicle to Reduce Environmental Footprint

Burlington, ON – July 9, 2019 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) announced today the pilot test of the company’s first natural gas-powered transport truck for delivery routes in southwestern Ontario. The fuel-efficient vehicle will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease fuel consumption but will also achieve engine noise reduction of an estimated 10 decibels.

“This new technology is projected to reduce emissions by 25% while improving overall fuel efficiency,” said Tim McKinnon, Operations Director. “Now that there are tractor-friendly refuelling stations located across Ontario, we can operate these vehicles on the Highway 401 corridor from Windsor to Montreal. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to reduce our environmental footprint on some of our busiest transportation routes.”

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has been used in transportation since 1939. There are currently more than 1,100 CNG vehicles operating in Ontario and eastern Canada, and over 50,000 operating in the U.S.

“We are confident that Bunzl Canada’s CNG powered transport truck pilot test will demonstrate why cleaner and more affordable CNG trucks are the ideal choice in the competitive transportation business,” says Scott Dodd, Director of Business Development for Enbridge Gas. “In addition to long-term cost savings and emission reductions as compared to diesel, other proven advantages include a quieter, cleaner truck for employees and the customers they deliver to.”

Sustainability is a key corporate focus for Bunzl Canada in both its operations and the products it supplies. “This is just one of a number of high priority initiatives designed to reduce our company’s environmental footprint, and help our customers do the same,” said the company’s President, John Howlett. “We continue to source a wide range of environmentally preferable product alternatives and are developing creative partnerships with innovation leaders in a variety of recycling technologies.”

Reusable plastics figure prominently in Bunzl’s newest food packaging product offerings along with the latest in compostable packaging materials.

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Bunzl Canada Positioned for Business Growth in Quebec

Burlington, ON – February 14, 2019 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) announced today its continued program of business investment in its operations in Quebec. The company has acquired multiple businesses in the province since 2015 with the aim to grow its business in both the wholesale and direct distribution markets.

“Quebec is a very strategic market for Bunzl,” said Bunzl Canada President, John Howlett. “We have built a truly national distribution and wholesale platform to serve our customers from coast to coast. Our presence in Quebec is critical to enabling us to provide the consistent, responsive service their businesses rely on, right across the country.”

Bunzl Canada provides a wide range of cleaning and hygiene products and equipment, food and retail packaging, safety products and industrial supplies to businesses across Canada. It is known for its culture of innovation and has introduced a number of exclusive, first-to-market technologies in Quebec. The company continually invests in new equipment, training and technology to improve employee and workplace safety and has run a number of recent recruitment campaigns directed at staffing its locations throughout the province.

Bunzl Canada’s Quebec operations are in multiple centres, including Montreal, Quebec City, Boucherville, Lachine and Saint-Hyacinthe.

“Saint-Hyacinthe is the site of Emballages Maska, part of our wholesale business network in Quebec,” said Howlett. “Unfortunately, the new owner of the building we occupy intends to move into it when our lease expires in 2020, so we are currently looking for new premises which will allow us to service our existing customers while continuing to grow and expand.”

Bunzl Canada Brings Intelligent Restroom Management System to Grocery Industry

Burlington, ON – February 6, 2019 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) announced today its IoT-based restroom monitoring system, WandaNEXT™ has been installed in two busy grocery stores in the greater Toronto area.

“First-to-market innovations that not only help maximize operational efficiencies but truly improve and enhance customer experience are a strategic imperative for forward-thinking grocery and other retail businesses,” said John Howlett, President, Bunzl Canada. “As a national distribution leader, we continue to source innovative technologies that are proven to deliver these key business benefits and build competitive advantage for our customers.”

The WandaNEXT™ IoT restroom monitoring system, powered by Visionstate Inc. (TSX Venture: VIS), is exclusively available through Bunzl Canada. The system uses a touchscreen interface and connected devices to enable customers in retail, healthcare, airports, conference centres and commercial environments to have a predictable, high-quality restroom service experience. It enables facility maintenance teams to optimize resource allocation and improve efficiency.

“We’re excited to support Bunzl in introducing this innovative product into the grocery setting,” said John Putters, Visionstate CEO. “WandaNEXT™ is absolutely ideal for these stores, where customer perception around environmental cleanliness is so very important.”

“WandaNEXT™ is an easy-to-use technology that not only improves customer experience but optimizes labour and supply management, and that can lead to reduced costs,” said Margo Hunnisett, Bunzl Canada’s Vice President, Marketing & Communications. “We anticipate continually increasing demand for this product as leading, customer-centric businesses strive to maximize efficiency while delivering an unrivalled store experience on each and every customer visit.”

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Embracing Smart Tech to Improve the Washroom Experience

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance magazine recently published an article featuring WandaNEXT™ and the merits of smart washroom technology.

The article highlights the importance of washrooms at any high traffic facility and how they are a top priority for facility managers and cleaning staff. It shows how Dexterra was one of the first facility management companies in Canada to adopt WandaNEXT™ in order to directly deal with the challenge associated with the washroom. There was focus on how a smart washroom aides maintaining a professional look when high traffic venues are used so heavily and how this technology can hold the key to alleviating the challenges and concerns of staff.

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Bunzl Canada’s Intelligent Restroom System Captures Global Interest

Burlington, ON – September 18, 2018 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) announced today its IoT-based restroom monitoring system, WandaNEXT™ is about to be installed in another Canadian airport and several shopping malls, adding to its growing presence in healthcare, retail, commercial and conference facilities across the country.

“First-to-market innovations that help to maximize operational efficiencies and deliver an improved customer experience are one of the key reasons that our customers choose Bunzl as a strategic supply partner,” said John Howlett, President, Bunzl Canada.

The WandaNEXT™ IoT restroom monitoring system is powered by Visionstate Inc. (TSX Venture: VIS), and is exclusively available through Bunzl Canada. The system uses a touchscreen interface and connected devices to enable customers in retail, healthcare, airports, conference centres and commercial environments to have a predictable, high-quality restroom service experience. It also enables facility maintenance teams to better manage resources and improve efficiency.

Interest in the technology is growing rapidly in Canada, and a bilingual version was recently released for final in-market testing in Quebec. The product’s installation base continues to grow in the United States, and it was met with enthusiastic customer response in the U.K. earlier this year. This month, WandaNEXT™ was launched in Australia by Bunzl Outsourcing Services and interest in piloting the product has been expressed by several customers.

“WandaNEXT™ is an easy-to-use technology that helps to improve customer experience, optimize labour and supply management and reduce costs,” said Margo Hunnisett, Bunzl Canada’s Vice President, Marketing & Communications. “We anticipate continually increasing demand for this product as new enhancements (most recently, cellular connectivity and bilingual user interfaces) are introduced in response to, and anticipation of, our customers’ needs as they evolve.”

WandaNEXT™ will be showcased at BOMEX, Canada’s commercial building excellence summit in Calgary, AB October 1-3, 2018.

Bunzl Canada’s Intelligent Restroom System Captures Global Interest

Burlington, ON – September 18, 2018 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) announced today its IoT-based restroom monitoring system, wandaNEXT is about to be installed in another Canadian airport and several shopping malls, adding to its growing presence in healthcare, retail, commercial and conference facilities across the country.

“First-to-market innovations that help to maximize operational efficiencies and deliver an improved customer experience are one of the key reasons that our customers choose Bunzl as a strategic supply partner,” said John Howlett, President, Bunzl Canada.

The wandaNEXT IoT restroom monitoring system is powered by Visionstate Inc. (TSX Venture: VIS), and is exclusively available through Bunzl Canada. The system uses a touchscreen interface and connected devices to enable customers in retail, healthcare, airports, conference centres and commercial environments to have a predictable, high-quality restroom service experience. It also enables facility maintenance teams to better manage resources and improve efficiency.

Interest in the technology is growing rapidly in Canada, and a bilingual version was recently released for final in-market testing in Quebec. The product’s installation base continues to grow in the United States, and it was met with enthusiastic customer response in the U.K. earlier this year. This month, wandaNEXT was launched in Australia by Bunzl Outsourcing Services and interest in piloting the product has been expressed by several customers.

“wandaNEXT is an easy-to-use technology that helps to improve customer experience, optimize labour and supply management and reduce costs,” said Margo Hunnisett, Bunzl Canada’s Vice President, Marketing & Communications. “We anticipate continually increasing demand for this product as new enhancements (most recently, cellular connectivity and bilingual user interfaces) are introduced in response to, and anticipation of, our customers’ needs as they evolve.”

WandaNEXT will be showcased at BOMEX, Canada’s commercial building excellence summit in Calgary, AB October 1-3, 2018.