Sendle Announces Partnership with Etsy

By Julian Thumm | 23 Feb 2016

Australian delivery start-up, Sendle, has announced a partnership with craft marketplace Etsy to provide carbon neutral delivery services to Aussie Etsy sellers.

Australian door-to-door delivery start-up, Sendle, has announced a partnership with online craft marketplace Etsy. The partnership, which comes into effect today, gives Etsy sellers a free Sendle Premium account plus an extra dollar off every delivery for the next 12 months.

The partnership will see two certified B Corps joining forces to provide sustainable delivery options for small Australian retailers.

According to a recent survey of Esty’s Australian sellers, the majority are sole operators working from home, many with children. Ninety-four percent are women and more than half have a job outside their creative business.

“Etsy sellers are inherently busy people, many of them juggling family responsibilities and work with running their creative business. We know that for every hour they spend making and designing, they spend almost another hour on administration tasks for their Etsy shop, including managing shipping and postage,” said Helen Souness, Etsy Managing Director for Australia and Asia.

“We’re always looking for ways to make running an Etsy shop easier for our sellers to enable them to spend more time doing what they love — creating — which is why we’re so excited Sendle is making this offer available to our creative community.”

A recent study has suggested that online shopping is having a significant negative impact on the environment due to the increase in delivery vehicles on the road. Furthermore, growth in retailers offering and consumers demanding same-day delivery services has led to an increase in last-mile couriers running single-package deliveries, further adding to road congestion and emissions.

Sendle’s and Etsy’s commitment to sustainable business practices is a positive step in the evolution of e-commerce, especially as last-mile logistics remains one of the most complex and inefficient points in the e-commerce process. Sendle offsets its carbon emissions through two projects: the Tasmanian native Forest Protection Project and the Ghanaian Cookstove Project through Climate Friendly.

“Small business owners are at the heart of the Australian economy, and we are delighted to be partnering with Etsy to help them,” said Sendle CEO James Chin Moody. “Sendle was founded to create a simple, reliable and affordable parcel delivery service tailored exactly to this group — with door-to-door delivery cheaper than lining up at the post office.”

Over the past year, Sendle has partnered with logistics giant Toll, secured investment from NRMA, launched a partnership program with Virgin Velocity and teamed up with courier partners Fastway and Couriers Please.

This article has been amended to include updated quotes from Etsy.

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  1. Katie says:

    An exciting opportunity!

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