Attention Shoppers! American Retailers Coming to Canada
The department store most recognizable from The Miracle on 34th Street and their annual Thanksgiving Day parade has finally made inroads into Canada, but not with actual stores...yet.
A year ago, Macy's announced it would allow Canadian shoppers to buy its products online. Unfortunately, they've also made the unpopular decision of including duty as part of the cost, along with exorbitant delivery charges. Just check out the following example left by an unsatisfied customer on Smartcanucks.ca, a a $35 dress came with delivery charges of $42 along with $12 duty.
Delivery to Canada is made possible by a third-party management service called FiftyOne, which prompted one Smartcanucks.ca poster to joke, "I guess that's why their name is FiftyOne, it is an average price of shipping to Canada."
The Wall Street Journal actually asked Macy's about their plans for stores of the non-virtual variety up here, but their spokesperson remained mum on the details, saying only that international expansion was of interest, but there were no current plans to open any stores outside the U.S. This is in direct contrast to what The Globe and Mail reporter Steve Ladurantaye tweeted just a week later:
"Macy's also looking for Canadian retail space, says law firm Weirfoulds."
Since then, nothing has come of it, so who knows?