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April 23, 2009

Online Shipping

Quite some time ago Canada Post created an online shipping solution. You fill out the label, package specifications, choose a service, pay online and print a label with 'postage' or in this case a barcode. You then stick the label to the package and drop it in a regular mailbox or at any depot. Very handy. The only problem I've come across is that the to and from addresses are extremely constrained. First Name, Last Name, Street #, Street, Street Direction, Apt #, etc. Both first and last name are required and there is no additional field for a secondary line. I find that this makes it impossible to send packages to corporations as I have no idea how to properly format it into the first and last name fields, nor add any secondary lines like care of information.

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