Sunnyvale, California (PRESS RELEASE – August 10, 2009) – As Canadian e-commerce sales continue to grow-expected to reach $11.1 billion by 2012*-online retailers see a new market opportunity in Canada. Whether based in Canada or internationally, the key to capturing Canadian market share is access to services that help businesses store and ship locally, while operating remotely. Today, Shipwire, a leading e-commerce order fulfillment service and transportation logistics company, announced major upgrades to its Canada warehouse distribution centers. Now, with Shipwire’s warehouse in Toronto, Ontario, and a second Vancouver warehouse, Internet retailers can import to Canada, store inventory in Canada, and automate product fulfillment to Canadian buyers, with faster delivery times, lower shipping costs and real-time visibility into remote inventory, all without ever crossing the border or setting foot in a warehouse.
“Despite its perceived proximity, U.S. merchants have been reluctant to develop a Canadian market presence. What has prevented merchants, both stateside and internationally, is the growing cost of international shipping and the difficulties associated with getting individual shipments across the border. Shipwire provides Web retailers with resources to import into Canada and on-demand access to local warehouses in Toronto and Vancouver. The result is freedom from international shipping headaches and more sales at lower costs,” said Damon Schechter, founder and CEO of Shipwire, and author of Delivering the Goods: The Art of Managing Your Supply Chain (Wiley, 2002). “With Shipwire and its upgraded service for importing to Canada, a merchant can now plug their Web store into warehouses in the U.S.A., Canada and the U.K. as simply as they plug into PayPal® for payments.”
Utilizing an outsourced warehouse in Canada is equally beneficial for Canadian and US merchants seeking to outsource order fulfillment hassles:
David W., president and founder of toptvmounts.com, and Shipwire-powered seller, sees a huge opportunity in getting the company’s TV wall mounts into the Canadian marketplace, but has historically viewed cost as an obstacle. “In our crowded industry, price has always been our main competitive advantage. Part of that low price is being able to provide free shipping, by optimizing our supply chain management through Shipwire. We can now successfully enter the Canadian marketplace-reducing costs, and making sure customers’ orders are fulfilled quickly and cost effectively-by working with Shipwire and storing inventory in Canada.”
GURU, a Canada and New York based natural energy drink company, began using Shipwire fulfillment in Canada in 2008 to manage its up-tick in online sales in Canada. “While getting more orders in and out is a positive thing, we were finding the processes of managing order fulfillment and warehouse distribution to be a drain on resources,” said Eric Graveline, Managing Director Online Operations. “By outsourcing order fulfillment to Shipwire, we’ve been able to focus our attention on the marketing and sales of our organic energy drink without compromising service delivery, and in fact, make it more efficient and cost-effective by letting the professionals handle it.”
With one Shipwire account, merchants can now locate inventory in three countries, on two continents and up to six warehouses, extending their sales reach into three of the largest e-commerce markets.
Shipwire’s Canada warehouse enhancements include:
* Real-time visibility into inventory, with improved tools for tracking and controlling product status
* Direct-to-consumer pick pack warehouse fulfillment pricing
* Seamless integration and connections to popular fulfillment web services, including more than 30 Web store and e-commerce tools, such as PayPal and Amazon
* Enhanced shipping options and real-time shipping rates for Canada shipping services
* New features specifically designed to help manufacturers and wholesalers drop ship in Canada
* Assistance with clearing customs, and options to establish Canadian Business Registration and tax IDs.
To kick-off the upgrade of the Shipwire Canada warehouse network, and help merchants prepare for the holiday season, Shipwire is offering special deals for retailers who schedule a shipment to either Canada distribution center by November 15, 2009. New subscribers can receive a credit for up to $1,000 off Shipwire services to help offset the cost of freight shipping, importing to Canada and Canada product fulfillment. Http://www.shipwire.com/warehouse-canada
*eMarketer “Canada B2C E-Commerce: A Work in Progress,” December 2008
About Shipwire (http://www.shipwire.com)
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