ParcelPal Technology Inc. (CSE: PKG) has now launched their Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) (TSX:SH) beta plugin to enable eCommerce retailers on the Shopify platform the ability to offer ParcelPal as a same day or on-demand shipping method. Shopify is an e-commerce platform provider that gives retailers everything they need to build and operate a successful online store. According to Shopify’s recent financial records, available on Shopify’s EDGAR profile at https://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm, Shopify currently has over 300,000 merchants in North America.
A recent report from Haywood Securities Inc. states that Canada’s eCommerce growth is expected to reach $50 billion dollars by 2019, up from approximately $29.6 Billion in 2015 (Haywood Securities Inc., Technology Industry Report dated June 28, 2016, “A View Into Three of Vancouver’s Private E-Commerce Companies”.)
Local Vancouver businesses using the Shopify platform can now integrate with ParcelPal by simply downloading and installing the beta plug-in either directly from the Shopify app store or via the ParcelPal website here: https://send.parcelpal.com/shopify-app-install. As Vancouver’s first and only “Uber for package delivery” ParcelPal has now enabled consumers to have their goods delivered either within the same day, or on-demand with participating merchants.
The Company has already begun planning the development of additional eCommerce plug-ins for other eCommerce platforms such as: Magento, PrestaShop, BigCommerce, WooCommerce and Etsy. The Company plans on recruiting drivers and scaling operations in various cities throughout Canada where eCommerce retailers are located in addition to their current service.
President and COO Kelly Abbott states, “Consumer expectations are extremely high and ever-changing, therefore merchants face multiple challenges with fulfilling orders quickly and cheaply enough to maintain customer retention. In addition to our API Integration, the Shopify app has completely solved these problems for merchants whereby orders can be fulfilled the same day and, the costs can be passed along to the consumer for our service. Many eCommerce merchants will in fact become more competitive and have the ability to fulfill orders faster, thus gaining competitive advantage. It is the Company’s view that, in many respects, the continued growth of eCommerce is likely to depend on goods consistently and efficiently arriving in the consumer’s possession on time and at the right price, which ParcelPal has now made possible.”
The Company’s CEO Jason Moreau states, “Consumers are very excited that they now have the ability to select ParcelPal as their same day and on demand delivery option in Vancouver. Shopify merchants are pleased with the service as they know customers want their order fulfilled and delivered quickly for much less.”