Some of our supply chain from a Canadian company perspective.
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PHYSICAL TOOLS DIRECT
DIGITAL TOOLS DIRECT
We love shipping companies that save us time. We do not want to spend hours calling customer support or driving to a warehouse or waiting in-line or investigating payment errors.
DHL (our favorite) (the best cross-border shipping experiences we have had, due to their time-efficient online interface) (no domestic service, at least in Canada that we know of)
UPS (same-day shipping available via UPS Express Critical, good customer support, recently launched a simple-ship interface for normal-expedited services)
Purolator (drivers show up on time)
Canada Post (balanced back-up option)
Fedex (enough issues in the past so we do not proactively use them currently, but most of the time have good incoming shipments from other vendors)
Find good local suppliers and commit to them. Lowest transport risk and associated losses (language barriers, shipping, import fees, FOREX, legal, leadtime coordination).