Comparing shipping options available to small businesses

Posted by Tania

As a small or medium sized business (SMB) you may be overwhelmed by the shipping process and the options available to you. Ultimately you want a shipping solution that works for your business needs; whether it’s to save time, save money, have great service … or all of the above!

Here are some of the shipping options available to SMBs across Canada.

Same Day Couriers: same day service is expensive but useful when a shipment is urgent, as well as when you are shipping within the same city. For example, if you need to have an envelope delivered within 2 hours at a location 2 km from your office, this is the best way.

Direct to Brand-name Couriers: businesses often seek out brand-name courier services for their credibility and range of services. However when trying to save money, searching online for courier rates from each brand name courier can become a tedious task, taking you away from other business-building activities. And as a small shipper you will not be given a volume discount with the big couriers.

Courier / Shipping Reseller: a shipping reseller is able to supply you with shipping services at much better rates than you are able to receive on your own. Think of a reseller like a buying group – with accumulated volume of all client shipping, each client receives greatly discounted rates. FlagShip is a leading shipping reseller in Canada, offering rates and services for Purolator, UPS, FedEx, DHL, Canpar and GLS. Learn more about FlagShip’s courier service. And on top of big savings FlagShip’s friendly and knowledgeable support team is here to help with all of your shipping needs – even after hours.

LTL / FTL: when shipping on skids or in a bulky packaging, a freight service such as LTL (less-than-truckload) or FTL (full-truckload) is what you need. Usually these services are for business to business only. Learn more about FlagShip’s freight services.

Do you have any questions on your small business shipping? We’d love to help. Contact FlagShip at or 1-866-320-8383.