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October 25, 2006

Shipping Blues

Filed under: News and Comment — shippingpal @ 12:39 pm

A couple of interesting articles about shipping are making the rounds today. calls shipping “the roughage in an entrepreneur’s diet. Nobody’s interested in talking about it, but everybody’s got to deal with it,” before proceeding to a fairly usual-suspects oriented article, recommending shopping around between UPS, USPS and FedEx. I might modestly add Shipping Pal to that list, since we have no minimums and provide a wider range of service than any of our competitors, and you don’t have to go down to their store and line up to use it as an occasional shipper. is reporting on a business which has a similar concept to ours, RedRoller, though without as substantial a network. According to the article, they aggregate results from “FedEx, DHL, the U.S. Postal Service, and two regional carriers.” Oddly, UPS passed on the network, saying that “it is uncomfortable with the idea of ‘a third party representing our brand based solely on cost.'” I guess that’s probably another key difference between RedRoller and Shipping Pal, namely that we don’t believe that it is our business to provide the cheapest level of service – we believe it’s about convenience and choice. Maybe that’s why UPS has enthusiastically agreed to join the Shipping Pal network.

In other news, I had a spectacular meal last night at Blowfish on King Street West. Excellent service, good selection of wines by the glass, a lively scene, and creative fusion cooking made for quite a night. We started with assorted nigiri, including exceptionally fresh butterfish, before diving into the mains – particularly startling was the orange and black, a maki of super-fresh salmon and mango. The way the two flavours and textures melded was superb, and reminded me of how really great chefs can take ordinary ingredients and combine them in new ways. Outstanding.

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