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FAQs

What is the best shipping services for small business?

There are several shipping services that cater to small businesses, each with its own strengths and features. The best shipping service for your small business depends on your specific needs, budget, and the nature of your products. Here are some popular options:

  1. Canada Post is often a cost-effective option for small businesses shipping domestically. They offer various services, including Xpresspost™ and Priority™, with options for tracking and insurance. You can access the best Canada Post rates on the market through Pitney Bowes Shipping Solutions. This is because the Canada Post provides certain shipping platform partners discounted rates through the USPS Connect™ eCommerce program, which Pitney Bowes is a part of.
  2. FedEx: FedEx offers a range of shipping services, including ground, express, and international shipping. They have a strong reputation for reliable delivery and offer advanced tracking capabilities. FedEx also provides discounts for small businesses when you open a business account on FedEx.com.
  3. UPS: UPS is another popular shipping service known for its reliability and extensive network. They offer domestic and international shipping options, along with features like tracking and insurance. Similar to the USPS, UPS also provides shipping discounts and additional benefits to small businesses through their a partnership program with Pitney Bowes.

Which shipping method is fastest?

The fastest shipping method depends on the specific shipping service and the options they provide. Generally, express or expedited shipping services tend to be the fastest. Here are some common shipping methods known for their speed:

  1. Overnight Shipping or Next-Day Shipping: Many shipping services offer overnight or next-day delivery options. With this method, packages are typically picked up and delivered within 24 hours, ensuring speedy delivery.
  2. Same-Day Shipping: Some shipping services, particularly local or on-demand couriers, offer same-day shipping. This option is ideal for urgent deliveries within a specific area or region.
  3. Priority or Express Shipping: Various shipping providers offer priority or express shipping services. These options prioritize packages for faster transit and delivery. Delivery times for express shipping can range from 1-3 business days, depending on the destination.

Which shipping company is the cheapest?

Determining the cheapest shipping company depends on factors such as the package's size and weight, destination, and the Shipping speed needed. Here are some carrier options that are often considered cost-effective for small businesses:

  1. Canada Post is often competitive for small, lightweight packages, especially for domestic shipping within Canada. Services include Xpresspost™, Expedited Parcel™, and Priority™ options. When you ship with Canada Post in Pitney Bowes shipping solutions, you can access the best in market rates. Learn more about these rates.
  2. Regional Carriers: Regional carriers may offer competitive rates for regional or local shipments. These carriers focus on specific areas and can sometimes provide lower costs than national carriers.
  3. FedEx and UPS Discounts: Both FedEx and UPS offer discounted shipping rates for small businesses through their respective discount programs. When you ship with UPS in Pitney Bowes shipping solutions, you can access UPS discounts and additional benefits.

What is the best way to save money on postage?

Saving money on postage can be beneficial for small businesses. Here are some effective strategies that can help.

  1. Flat rate shipping options, offered by Purolator, FedEx, and other carriers, can be advantageous for small businesses shipping heavier items or multiple products within a specific size range.
  2. Use packaging materials that are appropriate for the size and weight of your products. Avoid using excessive packaging materials that can increase the dimensions and weight of the package, leading to higher shipping costs.
  3. Printing shipping labels online can save you money compared to purchasing them at the post office or shipping center via discounted rates and more.
  4. Consolidate Shipments: If you have multiple orders going to the same destination, consider consolidating them into a single shipment. Consolidation can reduce shipping costs by eliminating duplicate shipments.

What are the different types of mail services in Canada?

In Canada, there are several types of mail services offered by Canada Post, each with its own features and delivery options. Some mailing services are available online. Here are the main types of mail services available:

  1. Regular Parcel™ offers affordable ground shipping with delivery confirmation. 2-9 business days within the same province, 3-13 business days to other provinces.
  2. Xpresspost™ offers 1-2 business days within the same province, 2-3 business days to other provinces. It is an expedited service with on-time delivery guarantee
  3. Expedited Parcel™ is a fast and reliable service with delivery confirmation. 1-7 business days within the same province, 2-10 business days to other provinces.
  4. Lettermail™ is an economical option for sending letters, postcards, and small documents. This service takes 2-9 business days within Canada.
  5. For shipping to the US, Xpresspost™ USA takes 2-3 business days, offering tracking and delivery confirmation and liability coverage (up to $100)
  6. Tracked Packet™ USA takes 4-7 business days and offers tracking and delivery confirmation, and liability coverage (up to $100)
  7. For international shipping, Xpresspost™ International takes 4-7 days. Offering tracking and delivery confirmation, and liability coverage (up to $100)
  8. Tracked Packet™ International takes 6-10 days, offering tracking and delivery confirmation, and liability coverage (up to $100)
  9. Certified Mail, Registered Mail, and Insured Mail: These services are additional options that can be added to various mail classes to provide proof of mailing, secure tracking, and insurance coverage for valuable or sensitive items.

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