As consumers demand faster shipping times, carriers scrambling to make next-day deliveries don’t pack trucks as efficiently, meaning delivery trucks make their rounds with extra space in the back.
It also means that each package has a higher carbon footprint. But a new shipping carrier called Sendle is designed to make use of that wasted space.
Sendle, an Australian logistics company that launched in the U.S. today, buys the extra room on other carriers’ trucks to make shipments for small businesses.
It also buys carbon offsets for each package, making it the first 100% carbon-neutral national delivery service in the country. The company’s use of extra space means that it can offer the service affordably.”
It doesn’t have to be a choice between carbon-neutral and saving money,” says Sendle CEO and cofounder James Chin Moody. “You can actually do both.”
Sendle公司的首席执行官兼联合创始人James Chin Moody说：“你不需要在碳中和与省钱之间做出选择，二者可以兼得。”
The startup, a certified B Corp, grew out of another platform that the founders launched to help people donate old goods. Not finding a shipping service that was reliable and affordable enough, they ended up developing a new option for delivery themselves. It was so popular that they began offering it to others—focusing on sellers with small businesses on Etsy, eBay, and other platforms.
这家初创公司是 B型企业（B Corp）认证公司，它是由另一个平台发展而来的，该公司的创始人利用这一平台帮助人们捐赠旧物。他们找不到可靠又优惠的快递公司，就自己开发了快递服务。随着业务知名度的提高，他们开始为其他人提供快递服务，主要客户是Etsy和eBay等平台上的小型商家。
Those customers, Moody says, are looking for “the right mix of speed and cost” and don’t necessarily need an option for next-day shipping; Sendle focuses on 2-day and 3-day shipping. In the U.S., the company will first pay for the extra space available on USPS trucks (Amazon recently cut back its use of the postal service, freeing up more room), so the packages will be delivered by your postal carrier. In the future, it could work with other carriers, like UPS and FedEx, as well.