Magento Canada Post - Start Shipping With Canada Post

An important aspect of your online business’s success is going to depend on whether or not you offer international shipping. There are likely many times when someone living outside of your country stumbles upon your website and realizes soon after that they don’t have the option to have goods shipped to their location. When this happens, your business loses a whole customer base just because the consumer resides outside of the country in which you’re located 

Luckily, breaking into an international market doesn’t need to be a difficult process. With help from Web Solutions NYC’s Canada Post Integration module and the Magento ecommerce platform, your business can be selling products internationally in no time. 

The Magento Platform and Web Solutions NYC

Magento is one of the leading ecommerce platforms out there, helping countless businesses to reach their goals. The open source platform gives users full control over their site. This is something that’s been very beneficial because as a company evolves for the better, their website can do the same. 

As a partner of Magento, Web Solutions NYC has been developing extensions to help users utilize this platform to its full potential. After working with Magento for so many years and seeing the many problems that can be caused by third party extensions, Web Solutions NYC decided to build a set of their own. 

The Canada Post

One of these extensions is called the Canada Post Module. This module allows you to expand the reach of your store beyond national borders. Studies show that the average Canadian spends $51 dollars per week on online purchases. As of 2017, e-commerce retail trade sales in Canada amounted to over 1.8 billion Canadian dollars, and revenue generated within the retail e-commerce market is expected to reach almost 29 billion Canadian dollars by 2021, up from 18.3 billion in 2016. This new market of customers could be a great opportunity to expand where your company’s business is derived from. This module will give you a plug-and-play way to enable your site to support Canadian shipping. 

Canada Post currently serves as the most widely used shipping company in Canada. When a Canadian customer arrives on your site, the shipping options from Canada Post will automatically be provided to them along with all US shipping options. Some of the shipping services supported include the following, among many more: 

  • Expedited Parcel

  • XpressPost

  • Priority WorldWide

  • Small Packet US Air

As the business owner, you can decide whether you would like to show all services to the consumer, or only a chosen few. In order for this module to work on your site, you will need to create a Canada Post Account. 

How it Works

When a customer accesses your site and proceeds to the shipping portion of checkout, they will be given the option to choose a provider from a list of US and Canadian shipping options. After the order is placed and the carrier is selected, a tracking number and order status will automatically be available to the customer within their account menu. At this time, admins and customer service will also be able to access shipping information including the labels they will need. Tracking information will be emailed to the customer either manually or automatically. The tracking number will also be generated along with shipping labels. These will be able to be viewed and printed from the back end directly. Item, SKU number, and Quantity will all be shown in the order details on both the back-end and front-end to the customer. 

You Can Customize the Module’s Features

This module includes many special features, most of them having to do with the option to customize the way you would like things done. For example, the option to notify a customer about the status of their order (received, on shipment, shipped, etc.) can be done automatically. However you can also set it to be done manually or not at all. When it comes to payment, it can be received via electronic check, debit, major credit cards, money order, or purchase order. These selections can also be customized by the admin as any can be removed. In addition, Canadian shipping options can be disabled for any product on the site if you choose to do so.

Contact Web Solutions NYC today and find out more about how this module can help you expand your business. We are a team of Magento certified experts who can help you utilize this module in a way that suits your company’s unique needs. Click here to get in touch.

Melissa Mannino