Category: E-Commerce

The USA Still Top Choice International Export Destination Even amidst trade deals and political rhetoric, in the Pacific Northwest corridor, comprised of British Columbia in Canada and the U.S. states of Washington and Oregon (aka Cascadia), it’s been business as usual. Indeed in most recent years many cross-border companies have enjoyed business expansion and growth, […]
More competition in the U.S. parcel shipping marketplace? By Jim Pettinger Currently, UPS, FedEx and the USPS are the major players in the U.S. parcel shipping marketplace. However, continuing strong growth in e-commerce has encouraged at least two other “majors” to join the fray. Amazon, of course, is exploring all forms of delivery options, and […]
With online holiday shopping in full swing the issue of ‘package optimization’ becomes a hot topic. It’s of particular concern for those companies who are unfortunately facing order returns, damaged goods and worse, dissatisfied customers. “Packaging strategies”, according to UPS vice president of Customer Solutions, Scott Mc Carley, “can have a pretty dramatic impact on […]
By Jim Pettinger, President of UCanTrade, Inc. Despite the current trade and political firestorm, the U.S. market remains the place to be for the remainder of 2018, and into 2019. Hopefully, you put your marketing plans in place earlier this year, and your samples have already been distributed, and your containers are already on the […]
Who Are Specialized 3PL (Third Party Logistics) Partners? First, what does 3PL mean? 3PL stands for third party logistics and is a company that provides B2C (business to consumer) and/or B2B (business to business) inbound/outbound product handling, storage and freight forwarding services. For example a 3PL partner can receive overseas bulk orders, empty the shipping […]
By: Jim Pettinger Many Canadian entrepreneurs (including your writer) have used this strategy to enter the U.S. market from Canada. While this formula can work, pre-planning always makes sense. That’s why this newsletter attempts to provide information about resources and upcoming events to provide help before preventable, time-delaying and costly issues can occur. In particular, […]
By: Jim Pettinger Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It is also the name of its proprietary e-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. It was founded by two Canadian entrepreneurs who wanted to set up an e-commerce website, but couldn’t find a decent platform. The rest, as they […]
Doing Business in the U.S.A. Successful international business expansion to the United States hinges on thoughtful, well informed pre-planning and reliable cross-border partnerships. Domestic and foreign accountants, immigration and business lawyers, customs brokers and logistics (marketing, warehousing, order fulfillment and distribution) specialists all play key roles in a Canadian company’s export success into the U.S.A. […]