XIAOMI – Always Believe That Something Wonderful is About to Happen!

Xiaomi continuously pursues a high-quality user experience & innovative design. We are thrilled to welcome Xiaomi to the North American Market, and in Canada, to be the only dealer offering their world-class products.

Xiaomi offers more than 2000+ Smart Lifestyle products and continuously pursues innovative designs to make quality technology accessible to everyone. They have 4 product categories that we will be welcoming to the Drexel collection – Mobile Accessories in Q3 2021, Smart Home Products in Q4 2021, Lifestyle Products in Q4 2021, and Smartphones in 2022.

Why Xiaomi?

  • Xiaomi is in more than 100 markets globally
  • It’s the #3 Smartphone Brand Worldwide (behind Apple & Samsung)
  • The youngest company on the Fortune 500 Lis
  • Ranked amongst the Top 100 Global Brands
  • More than 2,000 Smart lifestyle products
  • More than 400 design awards
  • Their “Mi” consumer brand has more than 700 stores
  • ~400M Mi Smartphone users
  • ~ 325M IOT connected devices
  • Listed as a Top 100 Global Innovators for 3 years in a row

We are pleased to introduce Xiaomi to the North American market and to be the Canadian distributor for their world-class products. Contact your Drexel Sales Representative or get in touch with our team to learn more 1.833.DREXEL.1 or drexelretail.com/xiaomi 

Nite Ize – Innovative Products!

Nite Ize designs & manufactures inventor-driven products that organize your life, protect your gear, light your way, and creatively solve your everyday problems. Introducing unique and exciting new products to Canadian retailers and customers is what we do best.

WHY NITE IZE?

  • 91% of customers rate as excellent
  • 23% increase in brand recognition
  • 3.5M searches
  • Fun & functional products
  • Worry-free guarantee
  • Always working on the next great solution

We are excited to announce that Drexel is a new Canadian Distributor of Nite Ize’s pet products, and as a team of dog owners & animal lovers, we are excited to share our new line of pet products with you. Nite Ize has a diverse line of fun and functional pet products that make every adventure with Fido simpler, safer, and more fun. Whether you need an All-In-One Collar + Leash or a LED rechargeable LED Dog collar, Nite Ize has safe and reliable products for your pet.

We are thrilled about our brand partnership with Night Ize and look forward to seeing what comes next. To learn more about Nite Ize watch their company overview by clicking here.

Whoever you are, whatever you do, Nite Ize has something for you! To find out more about Nite Ize contact your Drexel sales representative, or contact us at info@drexel.ca.

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Flowtron – Fight Before They Bite

Did you know that Drexel is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Flowtron products? Canada-wide, we provide customers and national retailers with products they’ll love from international suppliers and manufacturers. As the Canadian distributor of Flowtron products, we take care of warehousing, logistics, and order fulfillment so that their brand can focus on growth.

Flowtron’s affordable, effective biting insect solutions will keep your outdoor spaces free of mosquitoes and biting insects throughout the year. Regardless of the size of your backyard or property, bug-free living is possible with our electronic insect killers with coverage ranging from 1/4 acre up to 1-1/2 acres. No matter if you’re at the cottage, on the patio, or hosting your next family barbecue, we have the bug zapper for you!

The advanced electronic insect control system from Flowtron eliminates thousands of flying insect pests daily, offering an environmentally friendly way to rid your outdoor areas of these pests.

“Zap” away your worries with Flowtron! Get in touch with our team! 📞 1.833.DREXEL.1 or drexelretail.com/flowtron

Drexel Industries is one of the hottest logistics businesses in London

Thank you to The London Free Press for the feature on our new expansion! You can read the full story by clicking here.

Located in the former Kellogg site, Drexel Industries is one of the hottest logistics businesses in London and is expanding into Brose, while keeping its Kellogg space.

There is about 2,300 square metres of warehouse space at Kellogg. Brose is 16,000 square metres and an additional 32,500 square metres is being added in a two-phase expansion, with Drexel taking all of it, Salmon said.

Drexel Industries Expands to Meet Growing Demand

Thank you London Inc. Magazine for the fantastic feature on Drexel Industries and our President, Jason Salmon.

To view this article in magazine format click here.

To read it online click here.

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Fulfilling expectations

WITH FRONT-PORCH AND lobby deliveries ­providing not just goods but an element of hope and excitement during lockdowns, a London logistics company is expanding to a second location to handle demand.

For a decade, third-party logistics (3PL) business Drexel Industries has stored and shipped goods for a variety of online retailers — ­essentially the Amazon model for dozens of retailers, including Costco, Walmart, Best Buy, Canadian Tire and even Amazon itself.

It operates from a 300,000-square-foot space at 100 Kellogg Lane, former home of the cereal company. It is the creation of Jason Salmon, whose wife, Jennifer, is VP of business development and whose sister, Tara, is CFO.

“It started in my garage,” Salmon recalls. “I started as a wholesaler, selling to online retailers. We started by selling floor scrubbers, learned a lot and began to expand.”

From his garage, he moved to various self-storage spaces, then to an 8,000-square-foot facility, then to 35,000-square feet, then to his current space. Salmon’s landlord throughout has been E&E McLaughlin, so he knew where to turn when he realized he needed still more space.

“We started by selling floor scrubbers, learned a lot and began to expand” —Jason Salmon

Later this year, Drexel will open a second location on Wilton Grove Road. It has been home to auto parts maker Brose. “Brose is relocating this summer. In July, we can start renovations. We’ll have 150,000 square feet initially, but the site could handle an expansion of 350,000 square feet in the future.”

It’s a safe bet the company will need that extra space one day.

At Kellogg, the company has 20 shipping docks and a steady stream of trucks delivering goods and couriers picking up. Its primary courier is FedEx, “but we use them all. We’re one of the biggest local shippers.”

Fulfilling expectations Drexel Logistics

When someone scrolls through the Best Buy website late at night, settling on an espresso machine or laptop, Drexel is involved immediately. It receives an electronic data interchange (EDI), the language of e-commerce. Although the buyer gets emails and updates from Best Buy, it’s actually Drexel running the show, keeping the buyer updated on the delivery, ­retrieving it from a warehouse shelf, and sending it off to its destination as quickly as possible.

The company has both a VP of business intelligence in charge of I.T. and a separate EDI analyst, among many tech folks. There are about 90 employees in London, many of whom patrol the warehouse assembling orders. There’s another dozen or so in Toronto and Vancouver doing sales work. The company expects to hire about 20 ­people when it expands this summer.

Although its provisions of 3PL ­services has grown rapidly during the pandemic, it’s not the only thing Drexel does. It also sources products and sells them directly to retailers. That wholesale function slowed considerably when many stores closed or limited customer access in the last year. But it’s an area Salmon is confident will rebound post-pandemic.

“We’ve got two full-time product people looking for items retailers will want when we come out of this. We’re looking for table games and other things for inside the home. I think it will be like the Roaring Twenties, with people who have saved money getting out for holidays and shopping.”

If this summer’s expansion isn’t enough, Drexel is also aiming south of the border, dipping its toe in the massive market in the coming months. It will ship from here, taking advantage of an $800 exception for any taxes or duty. When volume increases, it plans to open a U.S. warehouse. Fulfilling expectations Drexel Logistics Christopher Clark

Drexel just got a whole lot bigger.

We are excited to announce the newest addition to our home at 100 Kellogg Lane in London, Ontario – the ICC Room! In addition to our 300,000 square foot warehouse space, we have expanded into the original Kellogg’s Factory Inventory Control Center. Our expansion includes an additional 26,000 square feet of space, with 88’ high ceilings, and is equipped to store 4,900 more pallets.

The ICC Room was once used to store raw ingredients for making Kellogg’s cereal. The raw ingredients would be stored here and then get picked from an automated forklift, via conveyor, to the room where they baked the cereal.  The baking room is now home to 100Kellogg’s “The Factory”.

We are thrilled to give London’s historic Kellogg factory a new purpose with Drexel. We have begun to load pallets in our new room, and we will look to fill capacity within the next month.

Do you want your product to reach more customers? We can help! Get in touch with our team – 1.833.DREXEL.1 or info@drexel.ca.

 

Conveyor belt in Drexel warehouse Drexel Industries ICC Room

The Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 Now Available in Canada with Stunning Designs and Large HD+ Screens, Redefining the Entry-Level Class of Smartphones

Introducing the Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 in Canada, with modern essentials like AI imaging, biometrics and large, vivid screens for long-lasting value and the best of AndroidTM

TORONTO, January 29, 2021 HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces the availability of the Nokia 3.4 in Canada. The Nokia 3.4 is now on sale online and in store at Videotron. The Nokia 2.4 is also now on sale at Best Buy. The smartphones feature AI imaging that allows fans to get even more creative with their photos and videos, two-day battery life, and are built with the timeless Nordic design inspired by Finnish roots that fans have come to expect from Nokia phones.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer and VP North America, HMD Global: 

“It’s no secret that consumers around the world have become more mindful of their spending and are opting for more accessible, longer-lasting products from brands they know and trust. It’s therefore more crucial than ever that our products stand the test of time. That’s why we’re broadening our entry-level smartphone family with the new Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4, offering reliable software and hardware that Nokia phone fans have come to know and love, updated with fresh experiences and a premium design that you can be proud of.”

Introducing the latest additions to the Nokia smartphone family

The Nokia 2.4 brings modern essentials like advanced AI imaging, dedicated night mode and portrait editor, letting you explore your world with custom shapes and blurred backgrounds – even after you’ve taken your shot. It also gives you a convenient fingerprint sensor and AI face unlock, offering effortless access and added security in a durable design that’s not only built to look good but also to last. Watch, learn and create on the large 6.5” HD+ screen and, thanks to its two-day battery life, you’re free to enjoy your favourite apps and games for longer.

The Nokia 3.4 offers a serious performance upgrade thanks to its Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 460 Mobile Platform, giving you more power to get the best out of your phone. Take your creativity to the next level with a large 6.39” HD+ screen with a punch-hole front camera and a mighty triple rear camera with an ultra-wide lens and AI imaging. All of this powered by the signature two-day battery life and wrapped up in a premium timeless design inspired by Nordic nature, delivering style with durability that’s true to its Finnish roots.

Plus, the Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 come with the Nokia smartphone Android promise, and will receive years of security and software upgrades.

Pricing and availability 

The Nokia 3.4 is available in Charcoal for CAN $279.95 in store and online at Videotron. The Nokia 3.4 is available for purchase with an agreement at Videotron with plans starting at CAN $45/month. For more information on the Nokia 3.4, please visit: https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_ca/nokia-3-4

The Nokia 2.4 comes is available in Charcoal for CAN $229.99  at Best Buy. For more information on the Nokia 2.4, please visit: https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_ca/nokia-2-4

For further information, please contact HMD Global’s U.S. press office: hmdglobal@5wpr.com

About HMD Global

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, HMD Global Oy is the home of Nokia phones. HMD designs and markets a range of smartphones and feature phones targeted at a range of consumers and price points. With a commitment to innovation and quality, HMD is the proud exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones and tablets. For further information, see www.hmdglobal.com.

Nokia is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation. Android, Google and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

Drexel Named a MultiChannel Merchant Top 3PL for the second year in a row.

London, Ontario, January 1, 2021 – For the second year in a row, Drexel Industries has been named a MCM Top 3PL provider for 2021, joining dozens of other leading third-party logistics providers selected by Multichannel Merchant in its sixth annual directory.

3PLs (third party logistics providers), already growing in importance prior to COVID-19, have seen significant growth in 2020 as the massive shift to ecommerce fuels significant demand for outsourced fulfillment and logistics operations. This unique resource from Multichannel Merchant is a searchable directory that can be sorted by various criteria, and helps ecommerce and DTC companies vet qualified, experienced 3PLs.

“Ecommerce and DTC merchants need experienced, qualified 3PL partners as they handle unprecedented growth in their online business, and lack the internal resources or expertise,” said Mike O’Brien, Senior Content Manager of Multichannel Merchant. “Each company has been selected based on their industry experience, services offered, performance and range of capabilities.”

The company profiles in the MCM Top 3PL directory include vital information to help merchants in their selection process, including key services, average annual client order volume, top merchandise categories handled, facility locations and more. The directory is available throughout the year.

“We are extremely excited to be recognized by MCM as a top 3PL service provider for the second year in a row”, said Jason Salmon, President of Drexel Industries. “Our customers view us as an integral partner in their businesses ensuring they can focus their time on growth, customer service, and allow the Drexel team to focus on inventory control and order fulfilment.”.

About Multichannel Merchant

Multichannel Merchant reaches key decision makers responsible for ecommerce, management, marketing and operations at companies that sell merchandise through multiple channels — including ecommerce, mobile, social, and catalog.

Multichannel Merchant delivers original research, as well as in-depth analysis of trends and best practices, news, tactical/how-to, executive summaries, technology and supplier comparisons, to help companies sell & deliver products wherever and whenever the customer wants them – at home, work, store or other locations.

About Drexel Industries

Drexel Industries is a wholesale distribution and 3rd party logistics service provider that connects homes to a variety of products and services throughout Canada and the USA. 

Chipolo – Find your keys, wallet or anything you don’t want to lose!

Meet our newest item finder that reminds you when you leave your things behind! We love to introduce Canadian retailers and customers to unique and exciting new products. We test them ourselves to ensure they are durable and of the highest quality.

Drexel is now a Canadian Distributor of Chipolo – the item finder that will RING your item with the Chipolo app or double click Chipolo to ring your phone, TRACK your item to where you had it last, and ALERT you when you leave your item behind! Life is messy but finding your things does not have to be. Chipolo item finders are designed to help you find your misplaced things in no time. Now you can finally leave home on time without playing hide and seek with your car keys and wallet.

Reliable and trendy products, Chipolo item finders are now available in Canada through Drexel. The FIRST Bluetooth finder on the market and equipped with an easily replaceable battery that lasts up to two years. Unlike other item finders with Chipolo, there are no “subscription services” to customers or “battery replacement programs” that don’t benefit their retail partners.

To find out more about the Chipolo advantage contact your Drexel sales representative, or contact us info@drexel.ca. Find your way with Chipolo and never get lost again!

Drexel Industries Announces Drexel.ca Gets a Facelift!

London, Ontario – May 24, 2018 — Drexel Industries announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website, www.drexel.ca. Key features of the site include a cleaner and more attractive design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation.

Drexel Warehousing Operations Moves To Seven Days Per Week and Announces Same-day Shipping Convenience through PigeonShip Crowdsourcing

On Demand Deliveries Made Incredibly Easy…And Fast!

 

London, Ontario and Provo, Utah – May 23, 2018 — Launching August 1, 2018 Drexel Industries, a leading Wholesale Distributor and 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) service provider announced today same-day deliveries powered by PigeonShip, a crowdsourcing provider of same-day delivery and returns for omnichannel retailers, local businesses and e-commerce customers within the Province of Ontario. In conjunction with same-day delivery capabilities, Drexel’s warehousing operations will increase to seven days per week to ensure expedited order fulfilment. The same-day delivery service and expanded operating times are designed to better meet customer expectations as the omnichannel shopping experience continues to expand and e-commerce customers demand instant delivery gratification.

“Drexel is now providing consumers and businesses alike with the type of service customers expect in today’s fast paced retail environment. “What our customers and strategic partners need is instant order fulfilment,” said Jason Salmon, President of Drexel Industries, he continued “The faster we can deliver, the greater the level of customer satisfaction. It’s no longer a nice to have…it’s a need to have!”

PigeonShip remains committed to helping e-commerce business owners improve their ordering processes while preventing customers from patronizing their competitors. With PigeonShip’s unique delivery solution, we ensure customers’ time-sensitive packages arrive at their door step same day even in the last mile.

“Retail is undergoing a rapid transformation,” said Jared Overton, CEO of PigeonShip, “To exceed our customers’ increasing expectations, we continue to enhance omnichannel shopping experiences and e-commerce order fulfilment by adding same-day delivery capabilities to our partners arsenal of tools. Growing in-store pickup and drop ship programs allows customers to better leverage retail locations as distribution hubs and serve their customers faster and more efficiently.”

Drexel and PigeonShip technology enables Omnichannel customers’ to select the delivery times and locations that work best for them while being able to track their purchases in real-time.

Drexel Warehousing Operations Moves To Seven Days Per Week and Announces Same-day Shipping Convenience through PigeonShip Crowdsourcing

London, Ontario – May 24, 2018 — Drexel Industries announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website, www.drexel.ca. Key features of the site include a cleaner and more attractive design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation.

Logistics firm’s purchase doubles staff, sales potential

A London company has bought a Toronto-area business and is moving it here, consolidating operations in the former Kellogg plant. Drexel Industries is doubling its staff and owner Jason Salmon is confident the purchase of Affinity Electronics of Canada in Barrie will more than double sales.

Factories redeveloped by shipping firms HCL Logistics and Drexel Industries

They represent two of the darkest moments in London’s industrial history, and today each has a new lease on life. New businesses have sprung up in the former sites of Electro-Motive Diesel and Kellogg Canada, two London manufacturing icons employing more than 1,000 workers between them that were shut down by U.S. parent firms.

Drexel Industries Announces Board of Advisors Chaired by Michael Abram

Drexel’s Board of Advisors is a diverse and talented group of innovative leaders with a track record of building successful brands from the ground up.

Drexel Industries Expands National Sales Team

Drexel Industries, a leading provider of consumer electronics and mobility devices, today announced it has expanded its Sales team under the direction of JD Abram, Vice President of Sales.

Züm into Summer!

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The Future of Camping is Here

Drexel is excited to launch Tentsile Tree Tents, designed by architect Alex Shirley-Smith. Put away the air mattresses and choose this eco-friendly, affordable, lightweight and portable tree tent product to experience true wilderness comfort.

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