Why is Canada’s Thanksgiving different from the U.S.A.’s?

While their dinner tables are dressed the same, ironically the reported reason Canadian’s had “first petitioned [to even have] the holiday was to celebrate their luck at not being American.”

In the mid-19th century there was an urgent ‘crisis of faith’ exacerbated by ‘Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species’, prompting protestant ministers in Upper Canada to establish a religious holiday to give Thanks to god’s bounty and reignite the Christian faith. Later on Thanksgiving took on new meaning as Canadians expressed their thanks for not being drug into the U.S. Civil War.

While it’s reportedly true the turkey and trimmings idea was spawned from the U.S.A, each of the great North American nations have their own Thanksgiving history – intertwined, yet unique.

At UCanTrade, Inc. it is our privilege to facilitate Canada / U.S.A. cross-border enterprise and we extend to our Canadian colleagues and friends our warmest wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving 2017!!!

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(Source: Written by Olivia B. Waxman, October 6, 2017, “The Surprising Reason Canadian Thanksgiving Is Different From the U.S. Version”)

 

The holiday shopping season is fast approaching

Are you ready for the 2017 peak holiday selling season?

The bad news is that it has already started. The good news is that it now lasts until February. Whether you are selling direct to consumers, or supplying retailers or wholesalers, your plans should really be already in place.

The U.S. and Canadian economies are strengthening and consumer confidence is high. The loonie is still relatively weak against the U.S. dollar, so the USA should probably be a primary target. However, it’s not all gravy – competition will be more fierce than ever, and shipping costs may be higher, especially since UPS has recently announced “surge pricing”, or what it calls a “peak shipping charge”. This will affect package shipping charges for the peak periods November 19th to December 2nd and December 17th to December 23rd. The per-parcel surcharge in 2017 will be nominal while they assess the results.

There has never been a better or more exciting time to broaden your market to take advantage of the newest trends in marketing and logistics.

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Peace Arch Monument

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who lives and/or works as we do, in Ferndale just south of Blaine, WA and/or (South) Surrey, British Columbia (a suburb of Vancouver, B.C.), who does not know where and what IS the Peace Arch Monument.

While many know and recognize the Peace Arch as a prominent, brilliant white archway that sits in the middle of a shared cross-border park and marks the international border crossing between the United States and Canada, few know its rich and relevant history.

Dedicated on September 6th, 1921 (… the same date the Mayflower left England in 1620), the Peace Arch ‘commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814′, ending the war of 1812 between Great Britain (Canada is a commonwealth nation, formally the Great Britain Commonwealth) and the United States. It continues today to be a symbol of peace all along the pacific corridor.

Fun Fact: A piece of wood from the Mayflower was placed inside the Peace Arch during its construction. It’s situated behind the corresponding bronze plaque displayed on the outside of the arch.

Watch this excerpt  – or better yet, the whole documentary(!) produced by the International Peace Arch Association’s* called, “The Peace Arch Rises” and learn more about “Cascadia’s” iconic landmark of unity.

(Excerpt starts at 2:06; Dedication at 8:24; Full Documentary – 22:58)

*Formerly known as the United States Canada Peace Arch Association (USCPAA)  Copyright 1996-2016.

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‘The Beat Goes On’

By: Jim Pettinger, President of UCanTrade, Inc.

sonnyandcherRecent reports about the continuing slow Canadian economy and increased consumer optimism in the United States lead to one simple conclusion – the beat still goes on for Canadian exporters and traders wishing to earn extra valuable greenbacks. With the U.S. Christmas selling season now starting on Labor Day, there is no time to waste. According to www.xmasclock.com you have roughly 100 days to still cash in. (Sonny and Cher – The Beat Goes On – circa 1967)

Link: Canada Economic Forecast
Link: US consumer confidence in August highest in 11 months
Link: U.S. Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Jumps To Post-Recession High

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UPS, FedEx, USPS and Amazon gearing up for the holidays

By: Jim Pettinger

The 2015 holiday shopping season in the U.S. extends from Black Friday (November 27) to Christmas Eve (December 24), and this year will include one more day than last. Three volume spikes are expected, including Cyber Monday and the first two Mondays in December. The National Retail Federation expects sales in November and December to grow 3.7% to $630.5 billion, with e-commerce sales continuing to grow at a faster rate than brick-and-mortar sales.

After experiencing missed delivery dates in recent years, the major players are all promising (hoping?) to deliver on time this year. However, there may not be enough people in North America to fill the millions of part time jobs being offered by both carriers and retailers. Consequently, shippers and buyers should be both proactive and creative to insure against disappointment.

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2015 British Columbia Holidays

By: UCanTrade Staff

Northwest Washington businesses can expect greater numbers of Canadian customers to visit on British Columbia holiday weekends.
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Cross-border travelers increase along the Pacific Corridor during holiday weekends.

2015 BC Statutory Holidays (PDF)
January 01, Thursday  – New Year’s Day
February 09, Monday – Family Day
April 03, Friday – Good Friday
April 06, Monday – Easter Monday*
May 18, Monday – Victoria Day
July 01, Wednesday – Canada Day
August 03, Monday – British Columbia Day (Civic Holiday)
September 07, Monday – Labour Day
October 12, Monday – Thanksgiving Day
November 11, Wednesday – Remembrance Day
December 25, Friday – Christmas Day
December 26, Saturday – Boxing Day*
*These are not statutory holidays in BC, but many BC businesses are closed.

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How Will the Chinese New Year Impact Your Business?

The Chinese New Year has a huge impact on international commerce. In the upcoming weeks, China will prepare to celebrate their New Year. In 2015 it will be the Year of the Goat. There will be fire crackers, dancing dragons, red lanterns and red parcels but did you know that there will also be month long factory shut-downs?

A little-known fact of working with Chinese producers is that many Chinese factories shut down for several weeks during the month long Chinese New Year celebrations. Subsequently, they ‘amp-up’ their productions and exports in the weeks preceding the festival, to meet North American & global order demands. UCanTrade’s Operations Manager, Terry Dickey, says that one of UCanTrade’s clients is currently receiving double the amount of inventory they customarily import, in preparation of the Chinese New year manufacturing hiatus.

The Chinese New year celebrations will begin on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

At UCanTrade, our core business has always been to help Canadian entrepreneurs market and distribute their products profitably into the United States. A growing part of that business means helping Canadian businesses import directly from China to the USA.

Import from China To USA

With almost 30 years of international commerce experience and 20,000 square feet of warehouse space, UCanTrade is well-equipped to help North American businesses accommodate the surge in production that precedes the Chinese New year manufacturing shutdown.

If your business is looking for a reliable partner to help with USA warehousing and fulfillment, in preparation for Chinese New Year, or year-round, call UCanTrade’s logistics experts at 360-380-6900.

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US Carriers Shipping On ‘Black Friday’

By: Jim Pettinger

Americans are known worldwide as hard workers who take little time off for holidays and vacations compared to others. However, Thanksgiving is a major exception. The holiday itself is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, but the preceding week and following weekend are probably more festive and family-oriented for Americans than is Christmas week in other countries. In addition, the growing traditions of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” only increase the frenzy around the holiday.

Canadian shoppers and businesses that export should take note: First, border lineups will be longer than any other time of year; check wait times before you go at the link on our website at www.UCanTrade.com.  And second, most non-retail businesses are closed on Thursday, November 27th with limited hours on Friday.  Consequently, make sure all your U.S. orders are filled and shipped early this week.Thanksgiving, US Holiday, Cross-Border

NEW this year, all U.S. carriers are offering full services for all shipments on ‘Black’ Friday, November 28th!  This comes in response to a significant increase in e-commerce orders which resulted in some late Christmas deliveries last year.

The good news is that, like last year, American internet shoppers will be on their computers for many more hours than usual. In fact, many internet retailers now recognize “Cyber Monday” as a great day to hold major discount sales similar to what their brick and mortar counterparts offer on “Black Friday”.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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The Poppy – ‘Flanders Fields’ From A Different Perspective

By: UCanTrade Staff

Derived from a simple, yet profound poem titled “In Flanders Fields,” written by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae in the spring of 1915, the poppy has become an iconic symbol used to honor our veterans on Remembrance Day.

“In Flanders Fields” is a ‘lasting legacy’ to the horrendous 17 day battle of Ypres in the spring of 1915 and to war in general, where, as a soldier and a surgeon, he treated an ‘international assembly of battered and devastatingly damaged soldiers’.  McCrae later described the ordeal as “seventeen days of Hades!”

On the eighteenth day, following the burial of a dear friend, Colonel McCrae wrote his iconic poem while sitting on the back of an ambulance.  He was in the company of a young NCO who watched him write while waiting to deliver his mail.  Upon completion the Colonel silently handed young Sergeant-major, Cyril Allinson his notepad, took his mail and left.

“The poem was exactly an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene.” – Cyril Allinson

The Poem:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

McCrae in fact threw out his poem, dissatisfied.  However, a fellow officer ‘retrieved it’ and submitted it to a London paper who later published it on 8 December 1915.

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(Source: Canada in World War 1 – Canadian Great War Project Copyright © 2004-2013 Marc Leroux)

UPS Prepares for Record High Holiday Demand

By: IMA Staff

“UPS expects six days during the [upcoming holiday] season, to surpass its single-busiest shipping day last year,” reports Michael Sasso in his October 29, 2014 Bloomberg post.

Spending $175 million on their “peak-season preparedness plan”, UPS plans to hire as many as 95,000 temporary workers and assemble up to 15 “mobile delivery stations” (similar to school portables) over this holiday season. The plan was initiated immediately following last year’s holiday season when, due to bad weather, UPS failed to deliver some of its Christmas deliveries, reported Sasso.

UPS’ Chief Commercial Officer Alan Gershenhorn reportedly said in a statement, “The holiday season is a major retail sales opportunity for our customers. Our objective is to ensure that all of our year-round business and retail shippers can take maximum advantage of expanded UPS capacity during this important period.”

As online orders increase, “the world’s largest package delivery company” forecast an 11% increase in the number of packages it will be delivering this holiday season over last year.

Anticipating increased orders due to holiday demand? Doing business in the USA? International Market Access, Inc. is a reliable partner. From the seaport of your choice to your customer’s doorstep, we manage container receiving, warehousing, and pick & pack shipping. Please give us a call at 1-360-380-6900 or visit our website at www.UCanTrade.com.

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