Grand & Toy and Shred-it Team Up to Offer Secure Privacy Solutions for Small to Mid-Sized Canadian Businesses

TORONTO—November, 2010 — Canadian office solutions provider, Grand & Toy, has partnered with Shred-it, a global leader in secure information destruction, to provide Canadian businesses with a convenient and secure document destruction solution in Grand & Toy Business Centres, in addition to offering bulk onsite shredding at customer locations.

“As a business solutions provider, we want to equip our small to mid-sized customers with the full range of services and tools that add value and efficiencies to their business,” says Maria Borges, Vice President, Business Development, Grand & Toy. “Issues of secure destruction of confidential documents continue to be at the forefront of many Canadian businesses’ data security strategies. Partnering with a security leader like Shred-it was a natural fit for us since this partnership will allow us to provide efficient and reliable solutions that meet the evolving business needs of our customers. Plus, we’re offering our account holders these services at preferred rates, saving them money.”

Convenient bulk onsite shredding services are now available exclusively for Grand & Toy’s account holders. With bulk onsite shredding, customers can schedule shredding services through Grand & Toy’s customer care centre as needed. Once the customer books a pick-up date and time, a Shred-it customer service representative arrives at the customer’s location, picks-up the materials (in banker’s boxes), and then shreds the materials onsite within a high-security mobile Shred-it truck. To ensure maximum data protection, each stage of destruction follows a secure chain of custody process, and afterwards, the customer receives a Certificate of Destruction. “There is a growing need for secure document destruction services as a preventative measure against privacy and fraud breaches for Canadian organizations, in addition to the demands of regulatory and legal compliance,” says Andrew Lenardon, Director National Accounts at Shred-it. “Shred-it is delighted about this new strategic partnership with Grand & Toy that will allow small and medium-sized businesses to benefit from an easy, secure document destruction office solution.”

To be compliant with Canada’s privacy and information security laws and regulations, companies of all sizes should have robust information security strategies, including secure document destruction. For many SMBs, a security breach may result in lost customers, expensive lawsuits and severe brand and reputational damage. Precautions to properly and securely dispose of confidential client and company information help reduce the risks associated with information leaks and security breaches.

Secure Shred-it consoles will be available at 26 Grand & Toy Business Centres across Canada, where customers can safely dispose of their confidential information, for a nominal fee per pound.

As an added benefit, Grand & Toy’s small business account holders receive a discount of 50 per cent off in-store shredding, while both small and mid-sized account holders can streamline their procurement and invoicing process by billing the Shred-it service to their existing Grand & Toy account.

For more information about the Shred-it service offering at Grand & Toy, visit or call Grand & Toy’s Customer Care Line at 1.866.391.8111.

About Grand & Toy

Grand & Toy is one of Canada’s leading office solutions providers. With a heritage that dates back to 1882, today’s Grand & Toy is committed to offering sustainable solutions to Canadian business in the areas of interiors, technology, imaging and professional services, in addition to office and facility supplies. We operate one of the country’s largest distribution networks serving clients coast-to-coast. Grand & Toy also demonstrates a firm commitment to corporate social responsibility through a comprehensive sustainability strategy that’s manifested through numerous internal and external environmental and social outreach programs.

Grand & Toy’s SPARK, is a strategically developed suite of benefits, specifically designed for small business and exclusively available to Grand & Toy account holders. Our customers have access to dedicated support, insightful solutions, innovative resources and community activities to make their business more successful.

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About Shred-it

Shred-it is a world-leading information security company providing document destruction services that ensure the security and integrity of our clients’ private information. The company operates 140 service locations in 16 countries worldwide, servicing more than 150,000 global, national and local businesses, including the world’s top intelligence and security agencies, more than 500 police forces, 1,500 hospitals, 8,500 bank branches and 1,200 universities and colleges. For more information, please visit

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Yuri Park
MAVERICK Public Relations
416.640.5525 ext. 233

Katarina Kristanic

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