Making a list/review of Canada Post alternatives for shipping to USA
Chit Chat express
Jun 24th, 2018 5:16 pm
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Jul 12th, 2018 9:58 pm
Ascendia has some horrible reviews online but I used them for a few shipments to EU and Asia so far and they delivered on time and with very good tracking updates. It’s become my go to option for overseas shipments and actually made it competitve to sell from Canada again!
Jul 23rd, 2018 9:07 am
Jul 29th, 2018 10:18 am
Aug 4th, 2018 12:42 am
Saving that few dollars per shipment really adds up fast, right now is the best time for a Canadian online business that sells physical product. It really motivates you to do more business.X24Secret wrote: ↑Jul 12th, 2018 9:58 pmAscendia has some horrible reviews online but I used them for a few shipments to EU and Asia so far and they delivered on time and with very good tracking updates. It’s become my go to option for overseas shipments and actually made it competitve to sell from Canada again!
Aug 4th, 2018 12:43 am
You make a compelling case for EMS.go77306 wrote: ↑Jul 29th, 2018 10:18 amI know at least 6 of them (in GTA):
- http://chitchats.com. Largest in Canada, has drop off locations in BC, Quebec, and Ontario. Price probably is highest.
- https://www.crossborderpickups.ca/. Not sure about their price, but used their service to buy from US and they brought it back to Canada. They recently opened an office in Markham (14/Warden)
- https://stallionexpress.ca/. Cheaper than ChitChats. Only one office, which is in Markham. Seems not well organized. I heard they are moving to a larger office (Woodbine and 14th?)
- https://www.parcelforless.com/, Not sure about pricing, one man operation, Can do both ways (US to Canada and Canada to US).
- https://www.shipwizmo.com. Seems in Oakville, but then don't publish their address, probably only offer full service, e.g. pick up your package for a fee.
- http://www.ship2us.ca/. They don't have their own storefront. You drop off at their partner's convenience store, Fees are cheaper than most of the above.
We use Chitchats, but not via their online system. We use https://www.emarketplaceservices.com (EMS) to manage our orders and inventories. We use EMS to synchronize our orders from Amazon, eBay, and our own shopping cart. We also link our Stamps.com and Chitchats account in EMS. So that we can print shipping labels directly from EMS, and let it manage inventories as well.
There are a few benefits of using EMS:
- EMS is fully integrated with Chitchats, so you do not need to manually import manifest, EMS does it for you.
- EMS does not require you to install browser plugin. you can print to your 4x6 label printer directly from your browser. Chitchats requires you to install a browser plugin.
- EMS can synchronize orders from Amazon, Shopify, eBay, and Etsy.
- EMS has inventory quantity synchronization feature. If you sell in multiple channels, it synchronizes your product quantities with all you connected stores.
- Able to use your own USPS label printing providers such as Stamps.com or easypost.com. Stamps.com has a monthly fee (US $15 per month?). easypost also has fees (no monthly fee, but 1 US cent per label), the benefit of using your own USPS label provider is, you can use USD to buy USPS labels. We receive USD from our customers, if we convert our USD to CAD, we lose money. If you buy USPS label from chitchats, they only charge you CAD, say a USPS label cost is 2.66 USD, when chitchats converts it to CAD, they add about 3% or 4% on top of their not so good conversion rate, so you lose money again.
- Once a label is printed, EMS will automatically upload the tracking to the corresponding sales channel for you, and complete the order for you.
- (In the future) Being able to switch to a different provider any time (like stallion express). They don't support Stallion express at this moment, but I heard they are working with them to get it integrated.
Aug 4th, 2018 12:21 pm
Aug 7th, 2018 10:42 pm
eonibm wrote: ↑Aug 4th, 2018 12:21 pmMy situation is likely more appropriate for a low volume user. There is no requirement to do a manifest anymore with Chitchats online so EMS automatically importing it is not an advantage. Here's my routine and no plugin is required at all:
1. Cut and paste address to Chitchats. Name, street address, city, zip code automatically import into the right place.
2. Enter box weight & dimensions.
3. Print label on 8-1/2x11 paper, cut out, tape to box.
Takes 2 min per order. Great for my low volume usage. Depending on your volume it might be worth it to pay the monthly fee to get a stamps.com account, use EMS, save a few shekels on paying USD, etc.
I wish Chitchats would get a more midtown Toronto location. It's quite a trek for many who live in TO to go all the way down to the lakefront. Their other locations are even farther. However, that's more than I can say for the other companies that don't even have a city location and are not as well organized.
Aug 8th, 2018 9:53 am
Just isn't justified by my volume. It might save me 2 min a week if that!go77306 wrote: ↑Aug 7th, 2018 10:42 pmDepends how low is your volume, you may want to invest a label printer... I used to print my labels on a regular printer, I know there is an initial cost of probably $200 for the printer, but it well worth the money! If you don't need it later, you can always sell it on Kiiji, or just buy a used one. Now we only spend average 20 seconds per order. (to get the shipping label printed and affixed to the package)
I just searched on kijiji, you can get a used LP2844 for under $100.
Aug 9th, 2018 2:49 pm
Aug 9th, 2018 9:08 pm
Game changer is an appropriate term. You are saving atleast 50% WRT CP, and you get tracking. With CP you pay double and get no tracking or pay quadruple and get tracking.