As a Vancouver box manufacturer, Racer Boxes creates boxes for businesses that need to ship anything—from delectable edibles to oversized appliances. Choosing the best carrier can have a huge impact on a business’s bottom line, so what are the options in Canada?

Broadly speaking, Canadian businesses have four key options: Canada Post, UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Choosing the right one for you can significantly impact Cost of Goods Sold (COGS), not to mention customer experience.

Choosing a suitable shipping provider is especially important for businesses that make frequent repeat deliveries, such as subscription box services. However, as online shopping becomes increasingly popular, shipping and delivery is something many businesses will have to consider in the near future.

When examining the different options, start by asking yourself what will make your life easier? Remember, just because these shippers provide the same service doesn’t mean they’re alike. Below are a few highlights of each.

Probably the best known, Canada Post will deliver anywhere in Canada. Their online tracking service is easy to use, and they offer a wide range of services: Priority, Xpresspost, Expedited Parcel, and Regular Parcel, which makes it easy to provide a reasonable service for customers.

UPS is known for their reliability as well as their large number of shipping locations. With a website that is easy to navigate, they provide a simple tracking code lookup for those awaiting their goods and maintain a responsive and professional environment. They are more than happy to work directly with companies to offer streamlined solutions that accommodate a variety of needs.

When it needs to get there fast, FedEx is best known for their next day delivery. They also have a simple-to-use package tracking service. There are also options for more budget-minded customers. SmartPost is an affordable way to get low-weight deliveries sent to residential addresses, though it can take a couple weeks to arrive. While this can work out for subscription services with a little planning, companies who need fast delivery immediately after an order is made will want to consider other options.

DHL is well known for their international shipping networks, covering most countries and destinations worldwide as well as having competitive rates. However, DHL does have its drawbacks when it comes to delivery times. Additionally, their tracking dashboard can be slow, cumbersome, and difficult at times.

After you’ve come up with a delivery strategy, Racer Boxes can build and print the boxes to get your goods delivered intact and in style. As a Vancouver box manufacturer, clients can create customized box sizes and print their boxes with suitable brand imagery. There are even options like scheduled delivery to help control warehouse and storage costs.

For produce boxes, stock carton, small die-cut boxes, food boxes, and more, Racer Boxes can provide solutions to protect merchandise and cut costs. Learn more by calling (604) 270-8205 or email

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