Are You Planning a FREE SHIPPING Promotion?

Many online businesses contemplate offering FREE shipping to their online customers either as a special time-limited promotion or even permanently. Here are some of the Pros and Cons to be aware of.

Pros

• Easy for online shoppers
• Final cost is known in advance
• Reduced shopping cart abandonment
• Potential for increased sales
• Happier customers

Cons

• Free shipping may reduce margins
• Shipping to remote locations can be expensive
• Seller must closely monitor freight costs

Offering free shipping for online orders is an extremely popular strategy that is gaining greater momentum in the world of e-commerce. Free shipping does not mean an online store loses revenue; it simply means that the online shopper is not presented with a separate shipping charge for their purchase. When providing free shipping, average shipping costs are typically built into the price of the product so that the customer does not have to contend with unexpected shipping costs and therefore does not have the opportunity to re-evaluate and possibly cancel the purchase prior to completion.

When shipping parcels in Canada, there are some destinations that cost much more to ship to than other destinations. These areas typically require some form of extended and expensive service such as air freight in order to effect delivery.

To help you better plan for a FREE SHIPPING promotion, Kitpak Fulfillment has identified some of the Canada Post destinations or Forward Sortation Areas (FSA’s) that can be significantly more expensive to reach when shipping by Canada Post.

When shipping to the FSA’s in the list below, you may want to consider adding a surcharge to cover the extra shipping costs or you may simply choose to exclude these FSA’s from the FREE SHIPPING promotion.

FSA’s are identified by the first 3 digits in the Postal Code.

R0B     R0C     A0K     A0P     G0G     J0M     P0L     P0T     P0V     S0J     T0H     T0P     V0J     V0N     V0P     V0R     V0T     V0V     X0A     X0B     X0C     X0E     Y0B

Contact Kitpak Fulfillment today to learn more about how we can help you improve your order fulfillment process and save you money.

1615 Inkster Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 1R2
(204) 471-8251
sales@kitpak.com


Do you ship posters, banners, artwork or large drawings?

 

Which do you think is better, the Round or Triangle Mailing Tube?

Kitpak prefers triangle mailing tubes for a few important reasons.

• Triangle tubes are stored flat, requiring less storage space in the warehouse
• They are easily assembled when required.
• Triangle tubes are easier to orient for automatic label scanning as they lay flat and do not roll around
• The flat sides offer the best branding opportunity
• The triangle tube is typically stronger in the mid-section
• Many carriers apply a surcharge for tubes vs triangles that can increase the shipping charge significantly

The Kitpak Fulfillment distribution center in Winnipeg, Manitoba is ideally located for reaching all points in North America quickly and inexpensively. To learn more about how Kitpak Fulfillment can help improve your e-fulfillment processes while saving you money, please contact us today.

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1615 Inkster Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 1R2
(204) 471-8251
sales@kitpak.com
 


Cut Off Dates for Christmas 2021 Delivery

It is that time of year when sales ramp up and your customers rely on you more than ever, to get their order delivered before Christmas. Kitpak Fulfillment wants you to know that the cut off dates for Christmas 2021 delivery published by many carriers are for use as a guideline only.

This year, extenuating circumstances may impact the normal holiday season delivery schedules for many carriers. Heavy rains from atmospheric rivers have caused severe flooding, mud slides and highway/railway washouts in British Columbia and the Maritime provinces. This has resulted in a significant backlog of freight that will take some time to clear, compounding an already backlogged and stressed supply chain.

With the uncertainty in the supply chain and weather events caused by factors out of their control, most carriers will provide some guidance on cut-off dates for Christmas 2021 delivery, but without the normal guarantee.

Here are the Christmas shipping cut-off dates from several carriers. For further information about cut off dates for Christmas 2021 delivery, please contact Kitpak Fulfillment today.

CANADA POST to CANADA

CANADA POST to USA

FEDEX

UPS

The Kitpak Fulfillment distribution center in Winnipeg, Manitoba is ideally located for reaching all points in North America quickly and inexpensively. To find out more about how Kitpak Fulfillment can help you meet your customer delivery commitments, please contact us today.
 

1615 Inkster Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 1R2
(204) 471-8251
sales@kitpak.com

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