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ParcelPal – Innovative Delivery Solution for Local Businesses

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It is difficult to ignore the continuing trend of faster delivery options from retail giants like Amazon and Walmart. You could continue to contribute a portion of your income to these large organizations, but when you consider the importance of community, and how we can actively support that ideology – shopping from local merchants that support local communities is the key to progress. 

– What happened to all of the mom and pop shops?  –

A statement that has been an ongoing issue in our communities. The missing piece of the puzzle is the availability of a faster delivery option for local businesses. So that they can compete with the rising expectations of consumers and give businesses an intuitive platform to thrive. A US study conducted in 2019, The Onfleet 2019 Consumer Survey, reported that 3 out of 4 consumers would order from local merchants if they could offer same-day delivery

Source: The Onfleet 2019 Consumer Survey

One company that found that missing piece is ParcelPal, a tech company based out of Vancouver that is avidly disrupting the delivery market. At the helm is Rich Wheeless, CEO of ParcelPal. Scaling and selling multiple private and public companies throughout his career globally; his expertise and industry acumen is invaluable to the company as they continue to grow and expand worldwide.  

What Is ParcelPal?

ParcelPal is a technology-driven platform that connects consumers to local merchants to cater to the rising expectations of faster delivery. With the aid of a proprietary platform, their team of local delivery specialists can ensure safe and reliable delivery from local merchants in your community. Active in Calgary, Burnaby, Vancouver and Toronto, they continue to grow and connect people to the brands they love. Their focus is small to medium size enterprises that could benefit from having a ‘last mile’ delivery service as an additional offer for their customers. 

“These days you can watch numerous episodes of your favourite series in an afternoon if you want, this generation wants everything fast. So having the ability to give people what they need quickly and safely is a huge plus for local businesses and our goal is to bridge that gap for both.”  – Rich Wheeless, CEO

For Customers

Let’s say you want to order a product online that only offers multiple-day shipping or unfortunately has no eCommerce option on their website. ParcelPal gives you the power to get what you need in a few easy steps – create your order, set your pick up and drop off location, and the time you want to receive your package. Your request is sent to their dispatch team, which is then directed to one of their professional drivers, who will then pick up and deliver your item.

For Merchants  

You may still be availing the services offered by the traditional delivery options. Partnering with ParcelPal gives you the boost to grow and offer fast and secure delivery option to your customers. With ParcelPal, your business can expand and reach more customers, maximizing profits and meeting the ever-growing needs of the consumer. 

If you are a business owner who is considering offering eCommerce in the future, ParcelPal offers you the opportunity to integrate your online store with its logistics services. Their platform also allows the merchant to be featured on their digital marketplace, where you could have your product listings available for purchase.

“It allows for everyday merchants to reach the end customer, say for example you are great at baking cookies, have an active customer base in your local community and want to start shipping cookies within your city, now you can do that and expand your business. It allows for the logistics side to be handled by our team.” – Rich Wheeless, CEO

Supporting Job Growth

I could offer some additional statistics on the unemployment rate in Canada, rather than focusing on the past, but to keep pushing for a better future. The same can be said for ParcelPal and the great work being done by their team. They have multiple positions open and are actively recruiting across all departments. If you are looking for an employment opportunity, or advance your career path  and are seeking to join a talented team, check out the Careers page on their website.

“My recommendation is to simply reach out, I have had multiple people connect with me in creative ways. Take the initiative and tell us what you can do, pick up the phone and speak with one of our team members. We are always happy to help.” – Rich Wheeless, CEO

If you would like to learn more about ParcelPal or to jump right into their delivery services, download their app for free on Google Play and App Store now. Visit their website if you would like to dive deeper into how they are proactively supporting local merchants and communities. Give them a follow on social via the links below for future news and updates.

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‘Really, Really Difficult’: Bureaucrats Worry Behind Closed Doors They’ll Be Sent Packing Under Trump

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“He’s going to get people in place that are more intelligent and are more loyal to him,” a park service employee said. “Now I think he could do a lot of damage.”

Government workers are reportedly in a state of panic over the prospect of former President Donald Trump winning another term in office, according to E&E News.

Bureaucrats up and down the federal hierarchy are concerned that a second Trump administration could cost them their jobs and put an end to liberal programs they worked to implement under President Joe Biden, E&E News  reported.  Trump has, if elected, pledged to implement reforms that would allow him to fire up to 50,000 civil servants at will, with the former president singling out workers who are incompetent, unnecessary or undermine his democratic mandate.

“The first rendition of the Trump administration was really, really difficult, and we saw a mass exodus of employees retiring,” a National Park Service employee told E&E News. “If we do have an administration shift, other employees will also reconsider their positions and move to the private sector. I don’t know what I’ll end up doing.”

Of the civil servants that didn’t exit during Trump’s first term, many worked internally to deliberately obstruct his agenda, according to Miles Taylor, who served as chief of staff in the Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019 and admitted to engaging in such behavior. Bureaucrats are worried that Trump may seek to appoint administrators who agree with his agenda this time around.

“He’s going to get people in place that are more intelligent and are more loyal to him,” a park service employee said. “Now I think he could do a lot of damage.”

To replace large numbers of federal employees, Trump would reclassify them as Schedule F employees, allowing him to fire them at will. The Biden administration finalized a rule in April that would prevent their status from being changed involuntarily, however, allies of the former president have shrugged off the rule by pointing out that a Trump administration could simply reverse it, according to The New York Times.

Amid fear that Trump’s plans may come to fruition, bureaucrats are making moves to ensure the Biden administration’s policies are as hard to repeal as possible, a senior employee at the Interior Department told E&E News.

“The concern hasn’t been focused on who the Democratic nominee is as much as concerns about Trump winning and what that would mean,” they said. “From everyone’s perspective it is get as much done as possible. Also trying to bury into the agency programs [like environmental justice] so they can survive a Trump administration.”

Conservatives are increasingly optimistic about Trump’s chances of defeating Biden in November as the president lags behind Trump in the polls and the Democratic Party grapples with internal disputes regarding whether or not he should be their nominee.

“The mood is somber and incredulous,” one long-time employee of the Department of the Interior told E&E News. “The hope is we will not suffer through another term with the prior leadership, but the fear [is] that if we do, they will target employees they don’t like, make things up to justify whatever punishment they want and just cripple the good work we are doing.”

Staff at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meanwhile, are also upset and agitated, the president of a union representing some of the agency’s employees told E&E News. “So many of our members lived through the absolutely disastrous first Trump administration and his attempted dismantling of EPA,” she said.

Originally published by The Daily Caller. Republished with permission.

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While Europeans Vacation, Denmark Attacks Livestock Farmers With Cow Tax

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By Andrew Weiss

Economics aside, this policy will have no effect on global temperatures. Even if the entire European Union halted all emissions (including livestock) the global temperatures would be reduced by only 0.12 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, assuming the highest climate sensitivity to carbon.

As Europeans generate greenhouse gas emissions by driving or flying off on their long summer holidays, Denmark is trying to lower those emissions by taxing cow burps and flatulence to combat climate change.

The Danish government believes that taxing methane produced by animals will improve the lives of citizens by lowering global temperatures. Therefore, beginning in 2030, livestock farmers will be taxed $17 per ton of carbon dioxide-equivalent emitted by their livestock. That tax will increase to $43 by 2035.

The average cow emits the CO2 equivalent of about three tons per year in methane, so each cow will cost farmers $50 in 2030, reaching about $125 by 2035.

Other livestock such as sheep and pigs are also subject to the methane tax, but they emit less methane because of differences in the chemistry of their digestive systems.

But two professors—William A. van Wijngaarden of York University in Canada and William Happer of Princeton University—argue that restrictions on methane emissions are “not justified by facts.”

CO2 currently makes up about 420 ppm (parts per million), which is 0.042% of the atmosphere. Methane is a much lower 1.9 ppm, or about 0.0002% of the atmosphere.

Methane is increasing in the atmosphere at a rate of about 0.0076 ppm per year, while CO2 is increasing at a rate 300 times faster, or 2.3 ppm a year.

The methane molecule is about 30 times better at trapping heat than the carbon dioxide molecule. Therefore, methane contributes about one-tenth the warming of CO2.

Effect on the Economy

Denmark’s new animal tax will raise food prices. Prices for beef and milk will go up, percolating throughout the nation’s economy. Denmark’s economy contracted 1.8% last quarter and the inflation rate is 2.1%, but expect to see inflation increase with the new animal tax. The tax will disproportionately affect middle-income earners and the poor.

At the same time, farmers will see smaller profit margins. Some farmers will reduce their numbers of cows and shift to other animals or grain. Others might sell their farms and change occupations.

In America, the majority of beef farms are run by small operations. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 54% of farms with beef cattle had fewer than 20 cows. On such a farm, raising a cow costs about $900 per year.

A U.S. methane tax identical to Denmark’s would be the same as an additional 15% tax on cattle. This would be devastating to small ranchers who are already pinched by increased overhead costs.

The Danish policy taxes carbon at $43 per ton. This so-called social cost of carbon is priced even higher here in America, and is an easily manipulated price tag that the government puts on carbon emissions.

Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed $190 per ton as the social cost of carbon to make its policies seem worth the regulatory burden. If taxed at this price level, a 20-cow operation would owe Uncle Sam an additional $11,000 per year.

Effect on Carbon Emissions

All 1.5 million cows in Denmark account for about 0.1% of the European Union’s annual 3.6 billion tons of greenhouse emissions.

The chart below compares greenhouse gas emissions by Danish cattle to emissions in all of Denmark and in the entire European Union.

When it comes to the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, CO2 emitted in Denmark is no different than CO2 emitted anywhere else in the world.

If Danish lawmakers are concerned about CO2-caused climate change, the cost of the tax policy needs to be weighed against the global effect on emissions.

In 2022, India emitted 189 million metric tons more than it did in 2021. This is more than four times the entire carbon footprint of Denmark.

Effect on Global Climate

Economics aside, this policy will have no effect on global temperatures. Even if the entire European Union halted all emissions (including livestock) the global temperatures would be reduced by only 0.12 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, assuming the highest climate sensitivity to carbon.

These numbers are calculated using The Heritage Foundation’s climate calculator, which uses a government climate model. (You can use the calculator for yourself here.)

From Denmark to California

Although such policies may seem unlikely to take hold in freedom-loving America, similarly intrusive regulations already have been implemented across multiple sectors. These regulations affect everything in the U.S. from large-scale power plants and the automotive industry to everyday household items such as gas stoves, water heaters, and lawn equipment.

In some states, including New York and California, building codes now prohibit gas hookups in many new construction projects, denying residents the right to decide for themselves what energy sources to use.

As of Jan. 1, it became illegal to buy gas-powered lawn equipment such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers, or chainsaws in California. This law will cost landscaping businesses over $1 billion and raise the price of landscaping services, causing some to lose their jobs and business closures.

It is time to stop perpetuating the fairy tale that taxing cow burps will reduce global temperatures. Such regulations only increase food costs and inflation in general, making poverty even worse.

Andrew Weiss is a research assistant for domestic policy at The Heritage Foundation.

Originally published by The Daily Signal. Republished with permission.

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