AFTER defining the meaning of store-door delivery and outlining its history in Canada, the author reviews in detail the functions of the cartage agent and the railroad company under that system, and gives an idea of the territory and population served.
Operation of Canadian store-door delivery is fully described, both as to the terminal facilities and the methods of handling, recording and checking outbound and inbound freight shipments. The author shows that in eastern Canada more than 97 per cent of the carted inbound tonnage is delivered to consignees by the end of the day following its receipt at the railroad sheds.
Cartage tariffs used in Canadian store-door delivery are given and the legal situation involved in the operation of cartage service by railroads is outlined. It has been decided that such service is not a railroad facility over which the Board of Railway Commissioners of Canada has jurisdiction, therefore the operators of the cartage service have the power to delimit this service and to fix rates therefor.
In conclusion, it is stated that during more than 70 years Canada has grown accustomed to store-door delivery and that the advantage taken of such service by the shipping public seems to indicate that the people approve it, at least in principle.