At a time when more and more US-based web services and e-commerce sites are becoming available to Canada, it appears we're taking a step back.
Yesterday Ben Yoskovitz of NextMontreal noted that e-commerce pioneer Zappos is no longer shipping North of the border. Head over to canada.zappos.com and you’ll see this pop-up message that includes:
We have made the difficult decision to shut down the canada.zappos.com site and stop shipping to Canada. One of our core values is to “deliver WOW through service”. That means the best selection of brands and products that can meet just about every individual’s needs as well as fast, free shipping and free returns, all at competitive pricing. Our Canadian customers know that we have not lived up to these service levels.
Product selection on canada.zappos.com is limited due to distribution agreements with the brands we sell in the United States. In addition, we have struggled with general uncertainty and unpredictability of delivering orders to our Canadian customers given customs and other logistics constraints.
We would like to thank our loyal Canadian customers and are sorry that we will not be able to serve you in the same way.