The current Canada post strike has caused havoc for small online businesses around the world. Besides the fact that Canadian based online stores have had to close their doors, most online businesses, especially U.S. based online businesses, that have many Canadian customers are losing hours stressed out over the Canadian post strike.
I have tried alternatives to USPS / Canada post and they just are not viable. With packages weighing less than one pound and with a value of less than $100, UPS and FedEx charge an arm and a leg for both delivery and customs fees. For example, when sent by UPS, one customer was charged more in customs fees than the price of the item.
When people think about postal delivery perhaps they just think about the perhaps outdated service of letter delivery, like this article. However, with the development of the internet, postal service has become more than delivery of letters – it now is part of an intricate web of international business.
Perhaps the reason postal services are losing money is because they haven’t made the switch in business model from honing in on paper letters and advertisements to small packages and parcels. I am not sure. But what I am sure of is that postal service is necessary in the expanding online world of ecommerce.
Investing in an inexpensive scale will save you both time and money. With a postal scale handy at home, you can create shipping labels at home by purchasing postage online. If you have a small store, I suggest paypal for postage purchases for no additional monthly fee. If you have more packages to send out you may want to try a monthly service provider like Stamps.com.
With these online post age purchases, you can save on delivery confirmation (costs around 19 cents instead of 75 cents), you can print out a scan form, and you can even save on the base rate.
For example, if you send via priority or express mail, paypal, click n’ ship, and stamps.com will provide a discounted rate with free delivery confirmation.
If you send by first class mail, stamps.com provides a discounted rate and a reduced delivery confirmation rate.