What is Shipping?
Shipping is the act of businesses transporting goods from one place to another. There are different types of shipping that occur internationally. Some of it is industrial shipping that occurs from business to business. An order for an item can originate from anywhere in the world and then it is sent, or shipped, to its destination. The shipping industry has created many secondary industries. For example, the need to move or transport something from one place to another has motivated transportation methods on land, air, and water. It happens frequently that the food you purchase, the products you use for personal grooming and otherwise, the vehicle you drive, as well as your clothes, whether casualwear or workwear, have all gone through some shipping method in order to arrive to your local stores. Nearly everything on the consumer market has been through a shipping process at some point.
Shipping has created thousands of jobs through the world. It is a multimillion dollar industry and has to run relatively smoothly because one thing depends on the next. If there are glitches in the shipping system, whether via natural disaster or man-made, then critical supplies may be kept from the destination or mass food supplies wasted. There are many different shipping ports around the world. In the United States, there are water states, such as Washington State, which makes the Puget Sound a large port receiving cargo containers via ship and out through train, and vice versa. However, the largest port in the Pacific Northwest is Port Vancouver in Canada. Port Vancouver trades over $40 billion in goods. Shipping is very largely underestimated by the average person who does not consider the entire process.
Before the internet allowed people to order products online the catalog industry was very strong. Many department stores had store catalogs that were either bought by or sent out to potential customers. One very popular catalog was the Sears Catalog. Since the invention of the internet there have been many changes to the way people look at shipping. When customers were only able to order via catalog or over the telephone, customers were relatively patient (although it seems pretty human to want your package to arrive quicker than it is coming). Now, there are planes, trains, and automobiles just for faster delivery. From order to receipt, it seems a person can get almost anything overnight.
Today, consumers want free shipping. In the United States, there are different shipping companies that can get the job done. You can have your order delivered by Federal Express (FedEx), the United Parcel Service (UPS), or the United States Postal Service (USPS); and in Canada there is the Canada Post. Consumers are able to track packages online to find out exactly when the company shipped and is promising delivery.
It does appear that if a store is offering free shipping, promo codes, or some type of coupons on shipping then it is more attractive. For many, if the store does not offer some discount or free shipping then they are losing customers. Amazon is a good example of customer based shipping. Amazon offers free shipping as part of the order or you can become a member of Amazon Prime, a yearly fee that enables you to get two day, faster shipping. Overall, shipping is a very large industry. Much of the shipping and receiving infrastructure is what allows a country to thrive. Without trade and shipping the economy would be lost.