Pitney Bowes is expanding its business services way beyond postage and postage meters to offer international shipping for online retailers selling to international customers.
According to Pitney Bowes vice president of
global e-commerce, Craig Reed, “A lot of merchants are seeing growth in domestic e-commerce, but for
many of them getting to the next big level of growth means they need to
look at international markets, We ... want to be ... a household name in global e-commerce.”
ClearPath technology unit of Canada Post
Borderfree. (According to Internet Retailer, Canada Post sold the
remaining assets of Borderfree, which provides international shipping
services from Canada, in March to FiftyOne Global Ecommerce, a competitor to Pitney Bowes.)
Pitney guarantees the final delivery rate
presented to consumers.
To process an order from a foreign customer, the merchant ships the carton to one of two Pitney Bowes shipping facilities near international airports in Cincinnati and Newark, NJ. PB then aggregates all shipments and reloads them on international carriers: to Canada generally via tractor trailers, to other countries via commercial or cargo airlines. Finally, PB arranges for local deliveries in the destination country.
Pitney Bowes began this type of operation in 2004 to provide eBay e-marketplace sellers an international postage printing service. According to Internet Retailer, Pitney plans to build a stronger presence in serving eCommerce companies
shipping between Europe and Asia-Pacific.
It would appear that Pitney Bowes harbors ambitions of becoming a competitor with the likes of DHL as an international express carrier. DHL has a very well done interactive International Capabilities world map. It's worth a look. Give it a whirl!