Ship Products from US to Canada with Ship With Walmart program
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Quick Brief: Shipping to Canada has never been easier! Walmart’s new Ship with Walmart program is here to ensure that US-based sellers looking to expand their horizons have a firm footing in the world of business. This new Walmart shipping service offers a quicker, more straightforward, and comfortable way for US-based merchants to start selling on Walmart Canada Marketplace. In this blog, we will look at the features and benefits of the SWW program, the cost of shipping to Canada, and much more.
Shipping to Canada: What goes wrong?
With 4 million monthly visitors to its name and an excellent reputation to speak for it, Walmart Canada is one of the most prominent international marketplaces out there. Especially for US-based sellers who want to expand their business and are looking towards a multi-channel sales approach.
For merchants who are selling in the US, expanding to Canada comes as an obvious next step. Primarily because of the shared border, the cultural similarity, and the ease of doing business between the two countries.
However, even with countless benefits and the lucrative market, some sellers find the idea of shipping to Canada a little bothersome. This happens primarily because of the skyrocketing excise and customs cost and the additional hassle of managing international shipments.
It is reasonable for a seller to find the high shipping costs and the man-hours spent handling International cargo off-putting.
Moreover, if the shipping cost and the trouble that comes with it are the only reasons stopping you from shipping to Canada, we have some great news! Walmart’s newly launched Ship with Walmart program helps US-based sellers expand to Walmart Canada more efficiently and less cumbersome.
The Ship with Walmart program offers reduced, Walmart-negotiated prices to the merchants and helps you prepare the required Import Documentations.
Ship With Walmart: Explained
Ship with Walmart (SWW) is Walmart’s newest program that makes it easier for US-based businesses to set up shop in Canada. This unique program cuts the shipping cost to Canada, as sellers can avail of the negotiated prices instead of the sky-high excise and customs fees.
As a seller, you would have to register for the SWW program with Walmart. Upon which you can either choose to seamlessly integrate the program into your store (all frameworks) with the superior Integration offered by CedCommerce; or use extensively involving and troublesome APIs. Thus, you can focus more on your day-to-day business and let the carrier worry about your shipments. Industry bigwigs, namely- FedEx and Purolator International, handle all products under the program. This ensures on-time delivery of your shipments along with accurate tracking details.
The Ship with Walmart program ensures that as a small/medium enterprise, you don’t have to deal with the additional trouble of shipping. Hence, you get a fair chance to succeed in the international market and create a niche.
Ship with Walmart-US to Canada Shipping Services
There are three service offerings under the Ship with Walmart (SWW) program as follows:
1. SWW Express via FedEx
SWW Express via FedEx is a door-to-door service, and the delivery of the orders in SWW Express via FedEx takes 2 to 5 days. This service is preferable for lighter items weighing less than 20 lbs. Shipping costs under this shipping service start at $10+. A surcharge is applicable when the items to be delivered are dangerous, oversized, or if the pick needs to be scheduled on weekends, or there is out-of-area delivery.
In SWW Express via FedEx service, the seller is the Importer of Record on Walmart.ca. The packages are Delivered Duties Paid(DDP). Shipments costing under CAD 40 are duty and tax-free. The shipments costing CAD 40.01 to CAD 150 are only duty-free; the taxes are payable wherever applicable.
2. SWW Ground via Purolator
SWW Ground via Purolator is a hub-to-door service, and the delivery of the orders in SWW Ground via Purolator takes 2 to 8+ days. In this service, the seller ships products to a hub. This service is preferable for heavier items weighing more than 20 lbs. Shipping costs under this shipping service start at $6+. A surcharge is applicable for dangerous items, for items requiring special handling, repackaging, and undeliverable handling, oversized and flat packages.
In SWW Ground via Purolator service also, the seller is the Importer of Record on Walmart.ca. The packages are Delivered Duties Paid(DDP). Shipments costing under CAD 40 are duty and tax-free. The shipments costing CAD 40.01 to CAD 150 are only duty-free; the taxes are payable wherever applicable.
3. SWW Affiliate via Purolator
SWW Affiliate via Purolator is a hub-to-door service, and the delivery of the orders in SWW Affiliate via Purolator takes 2 to 8+ days. In this service, the seller ships products to a hub. Here, the product delivery can be done faster in 2 to 4 days at an additional cost. This service is preferable for items weighing less than 66 lbs. Shipping costs under this shipping service start at $6+. In this type of service, a surcharge is also applicable for dangerous items, for items that require special handling, repackaging, and undeliverable handling, oversized and flat packages. SWW Affiliate via Purolator offers daily Pickup and Express options.
In SWW Affiliate via Purolator service again, the seller is the Importer of Record on Walmart.ca. The packages are Delivered Duties Paid(DDP). Shipments costing under CAD 40 are duty and tax-free. The shipments costing CAD 40.01 to CAD 150 are only duty-free; the taxes are payable wherever applicable.
The two distinct features of Ship with Walmart
Ship with Walmart aims to facilitate trade between the two countries; hence everything has been thought of and provided. To handle shipments, Walmart has come up with two distinct features: Express and Ground.
While Express focuses on time-essential, small-scale packages, Ground is for the bulkier parcels.
A door-to-door service; Express is best for smaller, lighter items and express shipments where time is essential. Seller ships the product from its shipping center directly to the buyer. FedEx has collaborated with Walmart to take care of the Express Shipments.
A hub-to-door service; Ground is best for larger, more bulky items where the time is not that big a part of the process. Seller ships the product from their shipping center to a nearby hub; from there, the shipment gets delivered to the buyer’s address. The Ground Shipment will be handled by ‘Purolator International.’
What are the benefits of the SWW program?
Walmart’s SWW program has many benefits, apart from the ease of doing business. These extend to the retailer and the customer; since it has been designed, keeping in mind the needs of both parties.
SWW program offers the following mentioned benefits:
- There are No Walmart fees to join the SWW program
- It offers Walmart-negotiated rates
- Free assistance is provided in obtaining a Canada Business Number
- Item classification is done effectively
- Customs filing is Brokerage handled
- Offers end-to-end tracking
Eligibility and Requirements for the SWW Program
To avail the benefits of the Ship with Walmart(SWW) program, you need to abide by the following laid down guidelines of Walmart:
- You must be a Walmart Canada Seller
- Perishable or regulated products are not permitted in the SWW program
- All the products shipped via the SWW program must include country of origin and classification before purchase
- You are the Importer of Record
Who else can benefit from the SWW Program?
1. Walmart US sellers who use 3rd Party Integration
- Sellers using CedCommerce Integration: Sellers already using CedCommerce Integration can reap the SWW Program’s benefits through our Walmart CA Integration App free of cost. The new feature comes as a bonus of being our loyal patron!
- Sellers using any other Third-Party Integration: Walmart US sellers who are using any other third-party Integration can also leverage the benefits of the Ship With Walmart Program by just using the SWW feature of our Integration. You can keep using the existing Integration, but to avail the benefit of SWW, you need to sign-up with CedCommerce, as we are one of the only two Walmart Partners for the SWW program.
2. Any US-based seller interested in expanding to Walmart Canada
Suppose you are an independent e-commerce store-owner or selling on any other marketplace and now wish to sell cross-border through Walmart Canada. In that case, you can use the Integration Solution to:
- Onboard the Walmart Canada Marketplace seamlessly using all of our fantastic Integration features and benefit from the SWW program.
- Use only the SWW feature for your shipping needs.
3. US Sellers without an e-commerce store
US Merchants without an e-commerce store can also use the SWW feature of our Integration Solution to sell directly on Walmart Canada. The app’s unique feature allows Websiteless Sellers to reap the SWW program’s benefits without going through the hassle of adding an extra shipping solution.
How can CedCommerce make your life easier?
CedCommerce aims to make selling a smoother process for all our Walmart sellers. We have always prioritized our client’s needs and have worked to find solutions that do so. Our partnership with Walmart for the new Ship with Walmart Program is another of our many efforts to make your life easier.
The SWW Program cuts the shipping and excise costs significantly, while our Integration Solution helps with onboarding, seamless synchronization, and order management.
The SWW feature of our Integration allows sellers to avail of the benefits of the Ship With Walmart program and manage multi-channel selling processes with a single platform.
Our Integration solution ensures smooth onboarding for new sellers and easy set-up for existing ones!
What we’re saying is:
SWW is an excellent program for US-based sellers looking to expand their bases to Canada. It makes shipping to Canada a whole lot easier than it ever was and cuts down the cost of international shipping to ensure that all sellers have abundant opportunities for business growth.