8 Tips for Shopping Online – Black Friday & Cyber Monday Edition

With Black Friday (November 27th) and Cyber Monday (November 30th) around the corner, malls are getting ready for a flood of shoppers, and couriers are getting ready for a large amount of package deliveries. What builds on the anticipation of these two shopping “holidays” are probably the list of retailers that have ALREADY come out with their ads and sneak-peek deals.

Growing in popularity, holiday shoppers use these two days to purchase gifts earlier to ensure delivery by Christmas. The top 3 factors when choosing a gift tends to be the price, whether or not an item is in stock, and the brand of the item. Black Friday sales start the instant the clock shows 12:00 a.m. (from Thursday night to Friday morning).

So, how can you be ready for when the clock ticks?

1) Subscribe to all of your favourite retailers’ promotional emails (You will receive a list of deals as early as today)

2) On the day of before Black Friday (Thursday night), take a nap after work so that you can stay up and shop

3)If you can’t nap, make yourself a cup of coffee

4) If you don’t drink coffee, grab an energy drink

5) Register for a FREE Penguin Pick-Up Account

6) Set up an account with the retailers you are going to shop with (if you don’t have one already)

7) Add items to your cart before the sale starts (some retailers will clear your cart when the sale starts, some won’t)

8) Send your packages to the most convenient Penguin Pick-Up!

If you already have a Penguin Pick-Up account, then you’ve probably already memorized the address to our location and your unique PPU Code! Similarly, if you already have an online account with a retailer, then you might not need to enter your personal information or payment information upon check out.

Remember, if you are buying presents for the holidays on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, ship them to the closest Penguin Pick-Up. We can keep surprise packages on your behalf so that your friends and family don’t even know what’s coming!

Babyrama Extends an Exlcusive Offer to Penguin Pick-Up Customers!


Babyrama has been a shipping partner of ours for the last little while, but we figured we’d give extra credit where it’s due! Their specialty has always been baby and maternity products. Currently they are only offering Vaughan Penguin Pick-Up as a ship-to option on their website, but that’s exciting in itself!

Servicing the GTA with their online store, Babyrama wanted to be able to offer customers an alternate way of receiving their online purchases. Implementing Penguin Pick-Up as a shipping option in Vaughan has enabled them to offer FREE shipping to customers who select Penguin Pick-Up. Sometimes they even have exclusive offers on top of free shipping for customers that choose Penguin Pick-Up!

Customers seem to be consistently satisfied with the product selection, prices and shipping options. On that note, this would be a great time to mention the fact that Babyrama does an instant price match both online and in-store at their location in Ajax all year around! This is advertised right at the top of their website with instructions on how to submit an instant price match.

Lastly, you might even consider as a Mom, Guardian, Aunt, or Grandma, that you want to be part of the Moms Of Babyrama Club, also known as the MOB Club.


  • Membership is free
  • Receive additional discounts on top of the existing prices
  • Access community deals, events and family friendly information
  • MOB Club has Mommy Group get-togethers

By the way…

As a special promotion to their amazing Babyrama customers, they will be giving away a FREE Skip Hop carrying case to the first 40 orders that are shipped to our Vaughan Penguin Pick-Up location from their website!


**No minimum purchase necessary. One per customer/household, while quantities last.**


What YOU Need for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner whether you celebrate it on Sunday or Monday, and whether you celebrate it at home or at the cottage, it’s a holiday most of us really look forward to! But why? Could it be the abundance of food? How about all of the great time you get to spend with family? Maybe we enjoy it because it’s a true indication that fall is actually here! Fall is a season that is widely enjoyed for many reasons.

But, the focus here is still on Thanksgiving! Here are 5 things you can do today to ensure that you have everything you need for the big dinner!

1) Create Your Menu

Most have already thought this through. In the event where you have not, know that this doesn’t take very long! Think back to how your family normally eats on Thanksgiving and prepare something similar. Do you intend on having hors d’oeuvres, a starter and then your turkey and side dishes? Do you want to make a toast with your guests that afternoon/evening with a special punch recipe you’ve made?

2) Go Through Your Cupboards

You probably have everything you need utensil/appliance-wise. If this is your first time hosting thanksgiving though, you might not. Here’s what you’ll need for the turkey alone:

All of the items listed above, you can find at Walmart!

3) Go Through Your Recipe Book

Try to make some changes his will be a great surprise. You, your family and friends may be used to the traditional mashed potato or carrot recipe, so why not switch something up? If you’ve been doing this thing called “cooking” for a while, go through your old recipes and tweak them. Either by changing some ingredients in the recipe or adding to it, people will notice the difference, we promise!

4) Fruit? Dessert?

Now is the time to ask your guests to bring any additional dishes. Usually the standard is dessert or a fruit platter. Yes, you can still make your infamous pumpkin pie! No, you shouldn’t have to make another 3 desserts and prepare the fruit platter as host!

5) Line-Up Some Family Fun!

This could be in the form of a board game, card games or some time well-spent around the campfire making s’mores. Some family favourites are Cranium, Apples to Apples, Monopoly and Snakes and Ladders. All of which you can buy online at Toys “R” Us!

Enjoy and take advantage of these tips to change things up this Thanksgiving holiday! Order any appliances, or board games that you need for family fun online to complete this occasion, and ship it to us at Penguin Pick-Up!

Penguin Pick-Up Partners with Teknotik

Autoshow 2014 Many of you have read up on the number of unique shipping partners we have here at Penguin Pick-Up. Most recently, we’ve partnered with Teknotik  for all of our customers who are auto enthusiasts. They have been in business for over 10 years and they are active in the local car community as they sponsor racers in the Canadian Sport Compact Series (CSCS).

Teknotik is a Canadian company that offers high performance car parts for Acura and Honda vehicles and they ship packages across the country every day. Customers receive great service as the Teknotik staff are able to make solid recommendations and relay any additional information regarding specific car parts. The knowledge and experience they provide you with comes from installing and using the parts that they sell, themselves.

Want to know the best part? They have a price match policy to offer the lowest price on their car parts! Not to mention, they have a loyalty program that allows their customers to save money on future purchases.

skootermedia.comIf you want to talk to one of their experts, they have a Canada wide toll free number as well as a live online chat. If you don’t own a Honda or Acura, don’t worry; they can also get aftermarket performance car parts for many other makes and models.

Now you have the option to go online, and purchase car parts for your Honda/Acura that range from upgraded brakes, performance engine parts, to adjustable suspensions and exhaust. As always, you can ship your online purchase to us! Teknotik has made it especially easy for customers to send their packages to our four locations by offering Penguin Pick-Up as a delivery option right on their website.

Back to School Shopping Continues!

As promised, in addition to the amazing back to school suggestions that have already been brought to you by Penguin Pick-Up, we came up with a few more. These are things that you can buy for your son/daughter or recommend for other family members and friends that you know will be starting school shortly.

Cork Board or Chalk Board
Find a space on your wall to hang up a brand new cork board or chalk board. This can help you remember what you may have forgotten… like that project that’s due tomorrow or the meeting that you have early morning. Can also be a great space to hang up motivational quotes to keep you going when the going gets tough. Kohl’s has a large selection of cork boards, chalkboards and a cross between both. Do something different!


Walmart anyone? Sometimes you can find Hilroy notebooks with 200 pages for only a toonie. These notebooks are colourful, and the lined paper is of good quality. The notebook will not fall apart! Lined paper might do if you’re more interested in using a binder for your courses, but that’s a matter of preference.

Pens and Pencils

Walmart online! Fine tip or round tip pens? Black or Blue? 0.5mm or 0.7mm pencils? Decisions, decisions.

New Favourite Sweater

Similarily to that new pair of shoes you’re going to buy, you’re going to want a new sweater. One that you’ll wear religiously. It will be a sweater that you can wear to school (if you’re a student), a sweater that you can wear at home while you’re marking (if you’re a teacher), and a sweater you might consider even going to bed with.

Phone Charging Case

You probably have many long days ahead of you. If you juggle your time between school and
work, you can be out of the house for up to 15 hours at a time. You could bring your charging cord with you everywhere you go, or you could conveniently put a case on your phone that has a built in charger. This will ensure that you don’t have to carry any cords with you to and from home. Not to mention, if you forget your cord at home, then you will have a phone that’s dead 8 hours into your 15 hour day! Amazon’s got you covered for this!

This time, we managed to include two must-haves for back to school; pens/pencils and notebooks. Regardless of what you’re looking for certain electronics will come in handy. Are you planning  to order from an American retailer? No problem! Just E-Forward all of your amazing purchases through Shipllama and then pick them up when you’re ready, at the closest Penguin Pick-Up.

Back to School Shopping


We hate to say it, but many start back at school and work in less than 30 days. Fortunately, the long weekend being September 4th – 7th has extended the summer a little longer. So the question is, have you started you back to school shopping? We’re not just referring to school supplies, but also apparel, and new gadgets. We’re here to recommend some items that you must buy, to really feel like it’s the start of a new school year!

A Pair of Shoes

Nothing says “I’m ready” like buying and wearing a new pair of shoes. If you’re going back to school, then a nice pair of lifestyle shoes is probably what you’re looking for. Nike, Adidas, Jordan and Converse are all known for their lifestyle shoes and you’ll have a sweet pair of shoes to sport. You can buy any of them online at Footlocker. If you’re the one teaching and going back to work, then splurge on a pair of comfortable, dressy shoes from Aldo (one of our favorite Canadian online stores).

Backpack/ Book bag

For some it will be a heavy duty knapsack and for others, a shoulder bag (if you’re a teacher, usually). We recommend shopping on Bentley’s online store if you’re looking for a bag because they have brands like Jansport, Tracker, DC and Parkland. They also have pencil cases and lunch boxes, if you’re interested!!

New Laptop
Windows or Mac? Well, what are you interested in? What are you going to school for? What sort of work will need to be done on your laptop? Those are all questions to take into consideration, but you know that! If we had to choose a Windows product, it would be the Microsoft Surface 3 or the Surface 3 Pro. Take a look at their website for a quick comparison. It’s great for anyone on the go, and exemplifies versatility at its finest. As for a Macbook, here is a comparison of a 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro – The decision is all yours!


Staples has a wide variety of nice Agenda’s to use to schedule your daily activities, homework, class schedule and reminders. You can buy a planner that breaks down your day by every 15 minutes, every half hour or hour. You can also buy a planner that allows you to schedule your day up until 9:45 p.m..

Bluetooth Speakers

This might really help you get out of bed. Whether you’ve travelled a lot this summer, have been working, or just waking up late, it is now time to be back in a routine. Try to find a speaker or a pair of speakers that also have an alarm clock built in. You could very well wake up to an alarm that is one of your favourite tunes! The Soundfreaq Bluetooth speaker is probably one of the best ones out there.

Believe it or not, we have more on our list! Stay on the look-out for our other recommendations for back to school shopping on our next blog post. You’re not quite ready to go back to school/work just yet! Until then, feel free to check out some of the products we’ve already recommended and ship them to any of our Penguin Pick-Up locations.

Penguin Pick-Up and Alliance Pharmacy Group

AwesomenessAs a company who accepts hard goods, fresh and frozen food, and offers valet dry cleaning services, you would assume that there isn’t really anything more we could offer our customers. In this case, there was – Penguin Pick-Up has partnered with Alliance Pharmacy APG LOGOGroup!

 Alliance Pharmacy Group is a fully accredited pharmacy that also offers a variety of medicine cabinet and personal care essentials for your everyday needs. They help you by providing counseling for any medicine related questions and you can set up refill reminders by phone, text, or email, making it a little bit easier to remember what you need.

The point is that as an online retailer, Alliance Pharmacy Group (APG) gives you the opportunity to order your prescription online and have it delivered to Penguin Pick-Up. This option is available right on their website.

What’s great is that you don’t have to go to your local drug store anymore and wait 10-15 minutes for them to fill your medication, and you do not have to get out of your car either. You can purchase anything that you need on top of your prescriptions from APG and any other online retailer. At Penguin Pick-Up, we’re that much closer to becoming a one-stop shop for our customers.

Don’t make errands and shopping a full day affair. Save some time, skip the line and shop online. Spend your time driving to and from one of our locations in Vaughan, Scarborough, North York and Oakville instead. We’ll make sure that you have everything that you need and brought to your car in 90 seconds or less.

Our Favourite Canadian Online Retailers

Knowing that a retailer online or offline is Canadian makes all the difference when deciding where to shop! Two main reasons why Canadians are more likely to buy Canadian brands and products are to keep jobs in Canada, and to support our economy. A product that is made and sold in Canada can benefit up to 8 different sectors – Manufacturing, retail, transportation, warehousing, etc.

When it comes to online shopping specifically, here is a list of our favourite Canadian online retailers! Some of the retailers below have physical locations, and some don’t. Some of  these brands have also been finalists in e-commerce innovation awards given to retailers.


They have become the fastest growing retail site in Canada! They have a wide variety of Canadian brands (amongst brands from other countries), and have strong core values in place. Brands include Lazy Pants, Province of Canada, and Petite and Sweet. With a combination of apparel, electronics and lifestyle products for your home, you’re bound to find something you like.


Artizia’s first boutique opened its first boutique in Vancouver and currently carry 13 brands. They have been a retail leader in North America since their inception, but you probably already knew that. They offer clothes designed on-trend, made of high quality and good value. You will spend more money on their products, but some pieces you buy from Artizia are timeless. Blazers, a nice pair of jeans and blouses are all good for any occasion and will last you a long time. Right now Aritizia is having a summer sale. Online you can get anywhere between 30 % and 60% off some of the summer favourites.

Frank & Oak

With function and style in mind, Frank & Oak design menswear offering a new collection of
clothing every month. So what do you get if you’re a member? 12 sharp and original collections a year, stylish and quality pieces at a reasonable price, and personalized service. Yes, even online, style advisors are available for you. Want to know the best part? The membership is FREE.

Beyond The Rack (BTR)

BTR is definitely a unique e-commerce experience. It is a private shopping club for women and men who want designer apparel, for less. They receive merchandise and provide it to their members exclusive through limited-time events. “Limited-time” in this case, is true to its definition. Usually, their events only last 48 hours. The only way to become a member with BTR is if you are invited by a friend who is already member, if you receive an invitation from a marketing partner or if you request a membership. So if you want to shop online and receive up to 80% off on authentic merchandise, you better request to be a member ASAP!

Aldo Group

The well-known brand has boutiques in over 87 countries around the world and started in Montreal. They are well-known as a company for their commitment to society as they support War Child, YouthAIDs, the Cure Foundation, etc. But really, who hasn’t found a pair of shoes that they like from Aldo???

In business now for +40 years they sell quality gear for rock climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering and hiking.  This was and is still a fairly niche market, but at the time when the business was founded, gear was really hard to find. So, the once small business specialized in manufacturing and selling this equipment. MEC ultimately expanded into camp gear, running gear and travel gear. If you love the outdoors and you’re an online shopper, this is the site for you!


Another online Canadian retailer that focuses on selling green and natural health, beauty and baby products. Well.ca won an award for the most innovative and best online retailer. Features of their website include the “Subscriptions” feature that allows customers to schedule repeated purchases of their essential products and an iOs app that accompanies their website.

Are there any of your favourite online Canadian retailers that we missed? If so, just comment below. Know that Penguin Pick-Up will always be here to receive packages on your behalf. You can come pick it up today, tomorrow or next week – You decide!

International Self-Care Day

Today is Self-Care Day and that is why we talked about health and wellness in our last blog post Health and Fitness 101. Ultimately, self-care is a vital foundation of health as it includes any actions you take to care for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Benefits of self-care are life-long and if you learned anything from out last post, it includes what you eat, the amount of sleep you get, managing your stress and exercising.

Self-Care Day is an international event that is promoted by the International Self-Care Foundation, and previous activities have been focused on youth, seniors, the general public, etc. Activities have ranged from competitions, to concerts to community involvement programs, sporting events and so on.

Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes happen to be the primary cause of death and disability, replacing infectious diseases. The idea here is that if we can take better care of ourselves and the people around us, most of these conditions are preventable. There has been an increase in people being more person-centric where more time is being spent on health initiatives. Most of our health initiatives fall outside the formal health and social care system because we don’t spend a lot of time in the doctor’s office – and that’s okay!

Just remember you have the support of many organizations and health care professionals to help you and recommend what they think is best for you. It’s not always about the paternalistic model of health and their decisions legally and morally have begun to include the patient in the decision making process for treatments. On the bright side, most doctors want to work with you to improve the way you take care of yourself and your family.