Since launching in 1999, Entripy has been an online provider of custom t-shirts, apparel and promotional items. Online shopping was a relatively new phenomenon in 1999; after all, the internet had only publicly launched 6 years prior! Today, e-commerce is the fastest growing retail sector and millions of Canadians are using the internet to purchase everything from clothing to groceries thanks to the ease of “click and buy” technology.
Who Shops Online?
A lot of us! Over three-quarters of Canadian consumers are online shoppers. In 2015, Canada Post reported 76 percent of Canadians made purchases on the internet. Statistics Canada reported Canadian businesses sold $136 billion online in 2014 (stats aren’t available for 2015). Sure, Canadians are filling their online shopping carts with goods, but is online shopping really better than traditional retail?
Online providers have one major advantage over bricks-and-mortar retailers: they don’t have to pay for space to showcase their products. This allows online retailers to pass these massive savings to their customers, often offering cheaper prices than traditional retailers with high overhead costs.
Some retailers with storefronts and online shopping sites offer online exclusives at lower prices than their bricks-and-mortar shops. But while you may be able to save on the price of the item you’re ordering, high shipping costs can offset these savings. Many retailers offer minimum order purchases in order to take advantage of free shipping options.
Online shopping may seem the most convenient option for consumers who dread sitting in traffic, wading through crowds of people and standing in a checkout line. Shopping online can save you time, energy, and gas, as long as you don’t need your item today! Sure, you can rush ship your order, but that can be expensive. To maximize your online shopping experience, always make sure you know how long your item will take to ship. Most online providers send a notice with a tracking code so you can track when your parcel will arrive at your front door.
Better Custom Service?
While you don’t get the face-to-face interaction online as you do in stores, many e-retailers have live chat options with representatives available to answer your questions immediately, while you sit in the comfort of your own home. Sites with FAQs allow consumers to easily get answers to their questions without having to wait in line, or deal with fear of appearing stupid by “asking a silly question”.
How Entripy Maximizes the Online Shopping Experience
Entripy Custom Clothing was the first online provider of custom apparel in Canada and is continues to be a leader in this sector, providing the fastest turnaround time and the best prices in the industry. Because Entripy does all the work in-house, we’re able to offer the lowest prices on top name brands. If you manage to find a better price, we’ll match it! Entripy knows you don’t want to wait for your custom order forever. That’s why we have a 5-day guarantee, from the time your artwork is approved to the time your items leave our warehouse. Entripy also strives to make the online ordering process as easy as possible by providing live chat support with extended evening and weekend hours.
And for those who like to see and feel before they buy their custom clothing order, we also have a showroom at our Oakville, Ontario featuring the wide variety of products we offer.