The choice is ours

November 23, 2006

New York, marketing, press releases.

Filed under: Business Development, News and Comment — shippingpal @ 5:48 pm

City Journal published an interesting piece on the re-emergence of New York’s Silicon Alley after a couple of disastrous years, with quite a few interesting start-ups namechecked. I’m glad to hear that New York is as vibrant and creative as it is, since along with London and Paris it’s got the be on the shortlist of places I’d like to spend a lot of time in. Hopefully get down there for a quick visit in January.

We’re busy working on the last few details of the technology-end of things, and ramping up our marketing push. Half a million flyers went out this week across the GTA, and we’re in the process of getting a billboard on the DVP for early December. We’ll be recording our radio spots next week for broadcast in early December, and things are starting to heat up.

We also released our first official press release, the text of which follows:

A NEW SOLUTION FOR ALL YOUR SHIPPING NEEDS!
ShippingPal.com Eases Holiday Shipping For Canadians

Toronto (November 20, 2006) – A new and innovative Canadian shipping website has launched, just in time for the busy holiday season. Shipping Pal (www.shippingpal.com) is North America’s largest network of leading independent courier companies. At the click of a mouse, customers can compare delivery options and prices from over 40 first-rate courier firms and then place their order instantly.
The company is dedicated to providing its customers with a superior level of service and reliability, as well as convenience. Participating courier companies were hand-picked by industry experts on the basis of their superior track record for speedy delivery and quality customer service. The firms in the Shipping Pal network employ over 10,000 couriers across North America and handle millions of shipments every day.

Shipping Pal’s network stretches from coast-to-coast and includes a wide variety of courier companies, from small businesses specializing in super-rush service in metropolitan areas, to some of the largest shipping companies in North America, including UPS and Purolator Canada. The unique Shipping Pal technology ensures that its customers get the best quotes for their shipments from the largest selection of service providers for their pickup area. In contrast to Canada Post, Shipping Pal offers door-to-door pickup and delivery, and same-day delivery options at rates that are surprisingly affordable.

“We are very excited to offer our customers a new and more convenient shipping alternative,” says Hardin Jackson, President and CEO of Shipping Pal. “People no longer need to waste their time checking out various websites to compare shipping costs and delivery times, or standing in line at Canada Post to try to save a buck or two. With Shipping Pal, they have access to all the courier companies in their area right on their computer screen, and they don’t have to leave their home or office to get the best rates for their shipments.”

By entering their shipment details into Shipping Pal’s easy-to-use website, customers can receive real-time, value-driven quotes on shipments from every company in their region, and select the level of service or price that suits them best. This makes it easier than ever before to “shop around.”
“The service that Shipping Pal provides simply could not have been built even a couple of years ago,” says Martin Mills, Shipping Pal’s Chief Technology Officer. “We use the Internet to connect people and systems in ways that cannot be done by any other means, and we believe that what we’re really doing is making people’s lives easier, by eliminating the usual stress and time-wasting involved in shipping.”
Shipping Pal is very simple to use. Users can choose from a huge range of service options, from 30 minutes or less up to 5-7 day ground delivery, depending on price, location and distance. When the shipment details have been entered at http://www.shippingpal.com, competitive rates and delivery times from every company in the area are received from the companies’ servers and displayed in real-time. Users can choose from a huge range of service options, from rush deliveries, same-day, overnight or most economical, to ensure that they always get the shipment that best suits their needs, hence Shipping Pal’s motto “The Choice Is Yours.”
With another click, the order for the shipment is placed, couriers are dispatched automatically, and a waybill is immediately e-mailed to the customer, which can then be printed and attached to the package. Another useful function is Shipping Pal’s tracking tool. Once the package has been picked up, the customer can simply click the ‘tracking’ tab at the top of the homepage and enter the tracking number from the waybill to follow the progress of the shipped package.

Corporate social responsibility is also at the heart of Shipping Pal. Along with its partners and service providers, Shipping Pal is proud to present ‘Handle With Care,’ its first annual charity drive. From December 1st to 18th Shipping Pal is offering free pickup and delivery of all packaged food donations – up to 300 pounds per delivery – to the Daily Bread Food Bank from anywhere in the GTA. With on-going support from its customers, Shipping Pal hopes to help the fight against hunger. To find out more about this initiative, visit http://www.shippingpal.com.

For more information about Shipping Pal, or for useful tips on shipping, visit http://www.shippingpal.com. Or to take a peek inside the minds of the two entrepreneurs behind Shipping Pal, check out their ‘The Choice is Ours’ blog at https://shippingpal.wordpress.com/ where they discuss the day-to-day challenges of Internet entrepreneurship, the shipping industry, networking, and general art and culture.

About Shipping Pal

Shipping Pal Corporation was founded by Hardin Jackson and Martin Mills. Friends since high school and principals in an internet development firm, the two were also keen eBay users. They realized that there was an opportunity to apply a variation of the auction model to the shipping process and http://www.shippingpal.com was created. It provides real-time, value-driven quotes on shipments from top-ranked courier companies and allows customers to select the level of service and price that suits them best. The company is now North America’s largest network of leading independent courier companies. Its network stretches from coast-to-coast and includes a variety of courier firms from small specialized businesses to large firms such as UPS and Purolator Canada.

For more information or to set up an interview with Hardin Jackson or Martin Mills, contact:

Karen Oliveira
Thornley Fallis Communications
416-515-7517, ext. 236
oliveira@thorleyfallis.com

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