If you want a fulfillment hub that can handle central and eastern Canada, Northern United States and East Coast distribution, then Toronto is a great choice. Toronto, Ontario is the largest market within Canada. This city also has a high population base (it is one of the highest populated cities in Canada) which is good for establishing a presence in the business world. Furthermore, Toronto is close enough to Eastern Canada, that is can serve as a legitimate distribution point for the Montreal market as well, capitalizing on multiple population centers within Canada. With ports along Lake Ontario, it also has extra shipping possibilities that other Canadian and U.S. cities don't provide.
The Toronto region is filled with numerous fulfillment centers, though many of them only have websites and online reviews to tell you anything about them. This can become a problem because these warehouses all compete with one another. Bias often occurs in the statements made on their sites and in reviews. You're going to need a more thorough vetting process to find out the truth. Nevertheless, it doesn't hurt to look to see what's initially available.
Other popular cities within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that offer good fulfillment options are:
- Richmond Hill
A Gateway for Canadian Companies to Distribute Within the U.S.
Another advantage of Toronto is that it is close enough to the U.S. border that Canadian companies can reasonably ship product to close by U.S. cities for distribution of their products within the United States. For example, both northern New York (such as Buffalo) as well as Detroit, Michigan offer economical places to ship product into the states. In doing this, inbound freight costs into the U.S. are minimized and significant tariffs and fees can be reduced on shipping individual orders cross border.
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