Sendle targets SMEs in the US
Australian parcel delivery service Sendle has announced its expansion into the US as the first carrier specifically designed to serve the needs of American small e-commerce businesses.
The carbon neutral delivery service and certified B Corp is fully operational in all American states from today, ready for the country’s largest holiday shopping season.
Sendle co-founder & CEO James Chin Moody said: “We launched Sendle five years ago to give small businesses a real alternative, offering carbon neutral door-to-door delivery at affordable national flat rates. By unlocking the power of big business logistics — convenience and affordability — for those at the smaller end of town we’ve been supporting the small businesses that are the backbone of the Australian economy.”
“In that time, we’ve come to realise that the challenges of small business parcel delivery are pretty universal, which is why we are expanding to the US, where small businesses are under pressure to meet rising consumer expectations but struggle to compete with larger players who can absorb higher shipping costs. Similarly to Australia, our goal is to help small businesses thrive by making shipping simple, reliable and affordable.”
“Sendle has seen 12 months of record growth and product innovation in Australia and we’re proud to be rounding out the year with our expansion into the US. While we’re incredibly excited to be able to introduce our technology and service to American small businesses, Australia continues to be our heartland and our investment and focus on simplifying and democratising shipping for Australian small businesses remains unchanged,” continued Chin Moody.
Sendle will offer its flat rate carbon-neutral shipping service to small businesses across the United States, with no hidden fees, subscriptions, or compulsory fulfilment requirements.
The US expansion comes less than a year since Sendle secured AU$20 million in a Series B funding round with the raise used to accelerate growth, cement their place as the best parcel delivery option for Australian small businesses and begin exploration into international markets.
The B-corp will continue to offset every package it sends in the US, so its small business customers can offer carbon-neutral shipping to all of their customers. The company also plans to offer the same compostable packaging that exists for its Australian customers, to its US customer base before the end of the year.
“While we recognise there’s massive change needed in the shipping and logistics industry to achieve true carbon neutrality, waiting until 2040 to create real change is waiting too long. We have created a shipping network that meets the needs of small businesses and addresses the impact that shipping has on climate change today,” added Chin Moody.