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New Canada Warehouse Promotion and Service Upgrades

Business Wire, August 6, 2009

New Shipwire Warehouse Promotion and Service Upgrades Make it Easier Than Ever to Grow E-commerce Sales in Canada

Sunnyvale, CA—August 6, 2009— As Canadian e-commerce sales continue to grow—expected to reach $11.1 billion by 2012*—online retailers see a new market opportunity in Canada. Whether based in Canada or internationally, the key to capturing Canadian market share is access to services that help businesses store and ship locally, while operating remotely. Today, Shipwire, a leading e-commerce order fulfillment service and transportation logistics company, announced major upgrades to its Canada warehouse distribution centers. Now, with Shipwire’s warehouse in Toronto, Ontario, and a second Vancouver warehouse, Internet retailers can import to Canada, store inventory in Canada, and automate product fulfillment to Canadian buyers, with faster delivery times, lower shipping costs and real-time visibility into remote inventory, all without ever crossing the border or setting foot in a warehouse.

“Despite its perceived proximity, U.S. merchants have been reluctant to develop a Canadian market presence. What has prevented merchants, both stateside and internationally, is the growing cost of international shipping and the difficulties associated with getting individual shipments across the border. Shipwire provides Web retailers with resources to import into Canada and on-demand access to local warehouses in Toronto and Vancouver. The result is freedom from international shipping headaches and more sales at lower costs,” said Damon Schechter, founder and CEO of Shipwire, and author of Delivering the Goods: The Art of Managing Your Supply Chain (Wiley, 2002). “With Shipwire and its upgraded service for importing to Canada, a merchant can now plug their Web store into warehouses in the U.S.A., Canada and the U.K. as simply as they plug into PayPal® for payments.”

Utilizing an outsourced warehouse in Canada is equally beneficial for Canadian and US merchants seeking to outsource order fulfillment hassles:

David W., president and founder of, and Shipwire-powered seller, sees a huge opportunity in getting the company’s TV wall mounts into the Canadian marketplace, but has historically viewed cost as an obstacle. “In our crowded industry, price has always been our main competitive advantage. Part of that low price is being able to provide free shipping, by optimizing our supply chain management through Shipwire. We can now successfully enter the Canadian marketplace—reducing costs, and making sure customers” orders are fulfilled quickly and cost effectively—by working with Shipwire and storing inventory in Canada.”

GURU, a Canada and New York based natural energy drink company, began using Shipwire fulfillment in Canada in 2008 to manage its up-tick in online sales in Canada. “While getting more orders in and out is a positive thing, we were finding the processes of managing order fulfillment and warehouse distribution to be a drain on resources,” said Eric Graveline, Managing Director Online Operations. “By outsourcing order fulfillment to Shipwire, we”ve been able to focus our attention on the marketing and sales of our organic energy drink without compromising service delivery, and in fact, make it more efficient and cost-effective by letting the professionals handle it.”
With one Shipwire account, merchants can now locate inventory in three countries, on two continents and up to six warehouses, extending their sales reach into three of the largest e-commerce markets.

Shipwire’s Canada warehouse enhancements include:

  • Real-time visibility into inventory, with improved tools for tracking and controlling product status
  • Direct-to-consumer pick pack warehouse fulfillment pricing
  • Seamless integration and connections to popular shipping web services, including more than 30 Web store and e-commerce tools, such as PayPal and Amazon
  • Enhanced shipping options and real-time shipping rates for Canada shipping services
  • New features specifically designed to help manufacturers and wholesalers drop ship in Canada
  • Assistance with clearing customs, and options to establish Canadian Business Registration and tax IDs.

To kick-off the upgrade of the Shipwire Canada warehouse network, and help merchants prepare for the holiday season, Shipwire is offering special deals for retailers who schedule a shipment to either Canada distribution center by November 15, 2009. New subscribers can receive a credit for up to $1,000 off Shipwire services to help offset the cost of freight shipping, importing to Canada and Canada product fulfillment.

*eMarketer “Canada B2C E-Commerce: A Work in Progress,” December 2008

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Shipwire provides growing e-tailers with e-commerce order fulfillment services powered by a global warehouse network and its Store-Sell-Ship™ platform. Shipwire eliminates the hassle of storage and shipping, so merchants can focus on growth. Convenient facility locations: Warehouse Los Angeles, warehouse Reno, warehouse Chicago, warehouse Toronto, warehouse Vancouver, warehouse London. Shipwire allows merchants to drastically reduce shipping costs by locating inventory closer to buyers. Usage-based plans start at just $29/month, and enable merchants to locate inventory in all warehouses, with no contract commitments. Shipwire is the only warehouse logistics service that instantly integrates with shopping carts and inventory management systems. Shipwire is developer and partner friendly; learn more about our shipping affliate partner program or get our outsourced e-commerce order fulfillment guide at Stay up to date with our shipping fulfillment blog. Print online postage USPS. For a free trial or more information, contact 1-888-SHIPWIRE or visit

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Shipwire Adds Canada Warehouse; Warehouse Vancouver; Warehouse Toronto

Business Wire, November 12, 2007

Shipwire, Inc. today announced the addition of a Class A Toronto, Canada warehouse facility, extending its bid to reshape how small and growing Web merchants store, sell and ship their products worldwide. Shipwire provides assistance importing to Canada.

Shipwire’s expansion into Canada marks a breakthrough and opens up new markets for Web retailers. With one Shipwire account, merchants can place inventory in Shipwire’s existing East and West coast U.S. warehouses, and now Canada. The Achilles heels for U.S. merchants selling to Canadian customers are shipping costs and the risk of clearing customers on a per-order basis. Shipwire’s Canadian expansion empowers growing Web retailers to easily move and store wholesale and retail inventory in bulkwithin Canada. The result is faster delivery to buyers with lower shipping charges and less headaches.

To kick-off the opening of its Toronto warehouse facility and help merchants prepare for the holiday season, Shipwire is offering special deals for retailers who schedule a shipment to the Toronto warehouse by November 16, 2007. New subscribers will receive a free month of storage on space valued at up to $250 per month. Existing Shipwire customers can receive Shipwire account credits, which vary depending on whether a container or parcel is scheduled for receiving.

International order fulfillment has, to date, been out-of-reach to small Web retailers. With Shipwire, merchants can now simply plug a domestic or international warehouse into their Web store with no long-term contracts. Shipwire’s Canadian warehouse represents a remarkable opportunity for Web wholesalers and retailers to reach new growing markets, with minimal headaches,” said Damon Schechter, founder and CEO of Shipwire, and author of Delivering the Goods: The Art of Managing Your Supply Chain (Wiley, 2002).

Merchants wanting to fulfill their Canadian customer orders “locally” can now do so in a matter of minutes through Shipwire’s easy-to-use control panel. Merchants simply log into their Shipwire account, add the new Canadian warehouse to their account, and schedule inventory for receiving in Canada. Behind the scenes, Shipwire prepares the inventory and handles warehouse coordination. Shipwire provides assistance with clearing customs and options to establish Canadian Business Registration and tax IDs. Through these features and the buying power enabled by Shipwire, small businesses can now reach a wealth of new North American markets that previously were beyond their reach.

Mark Stern, president and founder of and a Shipwire customer states, “The Canadian market represents a huge opportunity for our pet products; however, it has always been expensive and time consuming to ship individual orders from the U.S. to Canada and clear customs each time. Moving some of my inventory into Canada with Shipwire will help me reduce costs and make sure my customer orders are fulfilled quickly.”

Shipwire’s Canadian facility is the first in a network of international warehouses being established under the lead of Saul Smith, a 25-year retail veteran who has joined Shipwire as vice president of warehouse operations and is chartered with driving the company’s global distribution strategy. (For more details, see also Shipwire’s press release, “Shipwire Adds 25-Year Retail Veteran to Leadership Team in Bid to Change How Web Retailers Deliver Their Products to Customers,” dated November 12, 2007.)

Shipwire, Inc. allows Web retailers to focus on growth by eliminating the hassle of storage and shipping. Plans start at just $29.95 a month. Shipwire is changing the game for businesses that sell merchandise online — offering a growing warehouse network, simple bundled pricing, a developer network, and Web store integration. Today, more than 30,000 online stores have Shipwire built-in. Shipwire has warehouses located strategically in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto. Shipwire can be contacted at 1-888-SHIPWIRE or

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