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Canada Post teams up with Shopify to create all-in-one e-commerce solution for retailers

October 3, 2012

OTTAWA, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ – Today Canada Post announced that it is
teaming up with Shopify, a leading e-commerce platform provider, to
deliver a complete online retail solution for small businesses and
retailers across Canada. Together, the companies have created an
inclusive platform, complete with a fully integrated shipping solution,
that will allow retailers to become online merchants almost instantly.

The Canada Post application combines Shopify’s user-friendly e-commerce
platform with a streamlined shipping process including easy-print
labels, and automatically calculated shipping rates. Additionally,
Shopify is offering all Canada Post VentureOne members the ability to
set up an online store for free – with no bill to pay for three full
months. The Shopify solution enables merchants to easily create a
website and sell their products online. It takes only minutes to set up
a store, display products and start selling.

“For centuries, Canada Post has been an enabler of trade and commerce in
this country. And we will continue to play an even stronger role in
this burgeoning digital economy,” says René Desmarais, Senior
Vice-president, Parcels at Canada Post. “And teaming up with leading
e-commerce providers can only help to promote our country’s digital
economy in the long term.”

“Starting an online store from scratch used to be a daunting experience
for many,” says Harley Finkelstein, Chief Platform Officer of Shopify.
“Shopify streamlines the process and makes it easy for anyone with a
product or service to launch, manage and grow their own online store.”
The all-in-one e-commerce solution allows Shopify merchants to:

        --  Provide accurate Canada Post shipping rates to their shoppers
            during the checkout process.
        --  Print and track shipping labels through a centralized interface
            that is directly integrated with their Shopify store.
        --  Have custom control over label options, such as shipping method
            override, delivery confirmation required, insurance, ID on
            delivery, and more.
        --  Streamline their order fulfillment process through automatic
            fulfillment of printed labels.
        --  Send a custom tracking page to each shopper once their order is
            fulfilled.

“Nowadays, customers don’t just want to be able to buy your product
online – they expect it,” says Finkelstein. “That’s why this
collaboration between Canada Post and Shopify is so important. We’ve
made it possible for every Canadian business or entrepreneur to build
an amazing online store, with little effort, and at no cost for three
months.” An estimated $8 billion worth of physical goods is ordered
online in Canada each year for residential deliveries, and that figure
is forecast to grow to more than $15 billion by 2016. Total
expenditures on Canadian e-commerce business-to-consumer shipping
services alone were more than $600 million in 2011. The Canada Post
application for Shopify is available for download now at www.shopify.com/canadapost, or through the Shopify App store.

About Canada Post
Canada Post is the country’s leading provider of business-to-consumer
delivery. By reaching more than 15.1 million addresses, and operating
the country’s largest retail network of nearly 6,500 post offices,
Canada Post is ideally positioned to offer affordable and reliable
service, with convenient pickup and return options. Together, Canada
Post, Purolator Inc. (Canada’s largest logistics company) and SCI
Logistics offer market-leading end-to-end solutions for e-commerce
shippers by leveraging the assets and expertise of the Canada Post
Group of Companies.

About Shopify:
Shopify is an e-commerce platform that allows individuals and businesses
to create awesome online stores. Shopify currently hosts more than
30,000 active online retailers, including: Gatorade, Amnesty
International, General Electric, Tesla Motors, LMFAO, Foo Fighters,
Encyclopædia Britannica, Tata Group, Evisu Jeans, DODOcase, Penny
Arcade, CrossFit, GitHub, Evernote, and Epic Meal Time. Shopify was
founded in 2004 by two snowboarding enthusiasts who wanted to create a
better way to sell their snowboards online. Shopify has received $22
million in Series A and B funding from Bessemer Venture Partners,
FirstMark Capital, Felicis Ventures, and Georgian Partners. For more
information, please visit www.shopify.com.

SOURCE Canada Post


Source: PR Newswire