*Updated: July 20th, 2020
The past few months have forced us to change how we do … pretty much everything. Maybe you’re not comfortable entering a shopping mall just yet. Maybe you’ve had to source a new courier, or maybe you’ve had to cancel your plans to visit family.
The global pandemic has significantly impacted the way we shop, how we do business and all our travel plans for the near and possibly more distant future as well.
You’ve probably also had to switch to getting home deliveries, dealing with new couriers and finding ways to mail packages that you’d normally carry yourself. Regardless of what situation you’ve found yourself in, chances are pretty good that you still want your packages to be delivered safely and on time. Priorities, right?
Well, we’ve got you. Here’s a list of the most reliable couriers in Canada that can move your packages FAST.
Canada Post is the country’s largest domestic shipper. Despite a tumultuous season of strikes in 2018, the company has re-established itself as a reliable nationwide courier with great rates and efficient service.
During its busiest season, Canada Post typically delivered more than 1 million packages per day. However, during COVID-19, Canada Post set a record of over 2 million in one day in May!
While the tracking information they provide may not be as comprehensive as other couriers, it doesn’t seem to affect their popularity.
DHL has a huge international network and is considered one of the largest logistics companies in the world, offering efficiency and low rates – especially when shipping to countries in Asia, Europe or Africa. Since DHL is based in Germany, they can also ship to US embargoed countries like Iran and Cuba.
DHL doesn’t have a heavy presence in North America mainly due to stiff competition from companies like FedEx and UPS. However, DHL Express is still a great option when shipping packages internationally from Canada.
FedEx offers various services for both domestic and international delivery. They’re a great choice for businesses that need to ship packages internationally. Not only is their tracking information and delivery time very reliable, they also provide help with finding the right customs documents.
FedEx became widely popular because of the company’s overnight shipping service and tracking features. Their international shipping services are among the most reliable in the industry, and their product tracking technology is state-of-the-art.
Purolator is another Canadian courier company with a very large network that they leverage to provide competitive pricing and very efficient service. When it comes to international shipping to Canada, they offer guaranteed delivered-by times like:
- Express 9AM – Guaranteed delivery in Canada by 9am the next business day.
- Express 10:30AM – Guaranteed delivery in Canada by 10:30am the next business day.
On some international deliveries, Purolator collaborates with UPS – Purolator handles the delivery to the border, and UPS takes it from there to the final destination. Using a third party to complete a delivery may seem like a disadvantage, but this process is actually seamless thanks to the reliability of these two couriers.
United Parcel Service (UPS) is the world’s largest courier company. With 15 million packages delivered to over 200 countries every day, they could arguably be the most reliable as well. UPS offers several services in Canada, which allows them to deliver both domestically and internationally.
One of their popular domestic services is ‘UPS Express Early’, which typically delivers by 9:00am in 1 business day.
A popular international shipping service is ‘UPS Worldwide Express Plus’, which typically delivers by 9:00am in 2-3 business days.
While not exclusively a courier, Amazon is Canada’s largest online retailer.
Amazon’s wide range of products, teamed with their (often free) delivery service makes them a really handy option for anything you need delivered relatively quickly.
They also have a super simple return process, and great deals for Prime subscribers.
Note: Many couriers worldwide have had their delivery times impacted by high demand and COVID-19 related restrictions. Please note that some of the delivery times listed in this blog may have been affected by the ongoing pandemic.
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