Working to save the planet and the children, American Childrens Safety Network felt like a little fish in a big pond. Thats the same problem many expanding companies face when they begin to look at shipping options. But even the biggest fish needs time to grow. So, how can a growing business compete with giant corporations that are receiving large discounts and have professionally designed packaging? The answer is free Cradle-to-Cradle certified, customized and co-branded flat-rate expedited packaging through the USPS.
American Childrens Safety Network (ACSN) President Steven
amchildsafety.org to raise money to purchase bicycle helmets, knee pads and child carriers. These free safety items are then distributed through Community Safety events throughout the country.
Trying to compete against larger charities like the Red Cross and the Elks for donations isnt easy,
When we heard about ACSN and their work to keep kids safe, we wanted to help out, explains Gary Reblin, Vice President of the Postal Services Expedited Mail group. The Postal Service is dedicated to being the leader in eco-friendly shipping. So what better company to create customized packaging for than one involved in recycling and protecting kids?
It means a lot that the Postal Services free packaging received the cradle-to-cradle certification,
We love all the Postal Services flat-rate products. We use the Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes to send out the license plates to those who purchase them on our website and the Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes to receive the license plates from the licensing offices and to send out the bicycle helmets. Now, with the new Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box, weve been able to increase our savings while sending out even more safety products in just one box, and weve opened up a new market shipping to APO/FPO destinations and save on the postage even more.
Priority Mail gets the orders to customers quickly, and using Merchandise Return Service enables ACSN to pay for postage through a corporate account. The flat-rate products let them know up front how much each shipment will cost. Getting the boxes for free was also a large benefit, comments
The boxes really helped us get noticed,
Recently, ACSN teamed up with police and fire departments to host bicycle safety events across the country. They are always looking for helmets to give the children. To date, more than 500,000 bicycle helmets have been distributed, and the program continues to grow.
The shipping options chosen by a business can make or break its reputation. Choosing a leader in the industry with the safety and security offered only by the U.S. Postal Service lets customers know that their business is important. Priority Mail has quick, reliable service while offering many cost-saving opportunities by having some of the most competitive prices in the industry.
Priority Mails flat-rate options are another money-saver, for both domestic and international shipments. And when Priority Mail postage is paid through online channels, customers get free delivery confirmation and a five percent discount for Priority Mail International shipments. With the new Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box, customers and
businesses also get two dollars off when shipping to APO/FPO destinations. Those price incentives have the potential to open up new markets.
These days, businesses that show theyre taking environmental concerns into account will also impress customers showing that they care not only about the bottom line, but about their customers futures, too. With so many people thinking green these days, can a business afford not to use an eco-friendly shipping solution?