By: E&P Staff
Grand Junction Newspapers Inc., a unit of Cox Newspapers and publisher of The Daily Sentinel, has launched Sentinel Express next-day delivery service throughout Colorado’s Western Slope, exploiting DHL International’s decision to cease service in the region that includes Montrose, Vail and Aspen.
The daily’s Thursday edition quoted Publisher Alex Taylor saying, “We have one of the most sophisticated, on-time, early-delivery networks. It makes sense to let our business partners benefit from that.”
For the new service, the paper reports, staff was added and further hires are anticipated.
The story quotes Taylor and Sentinel Express Sales Manager Jaqui Schmock providing estimated prices of less than half what they say might be expected from other services.
Sentinel Express General Manager Doug Freed told the Sentinel that using much of the paper’s existing capabilities, most overnight deliveries will arrive the next morning. Delivery before noon is guaranteed for many areas, according to Schmock.
Calling delivery a core competency, Taylor said, “It’s one of the things we do best. Sometimes when it’s snowing or there’s an ice storm, you may not get your mail, but you’ll always get your newspaper. If people want to pay us to carry other things, too, there’s no reason we shouldn’t.”