Australian start-up launches in the US

Sendle, an Australian delivery start-up, has announced its expansion into the US. 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 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.

With the worldwide e-commerce boom and subsequent shifting consumer expectations, shoppers are demanding faster and cheaper delivery every day. Sendle is launching into the American market as delivery becomes more of a competitive advantage than ever before and something small businesses can’t afford to get wrong.

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.

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.

In the five years since launch, Sendle parcels have travelled more than 7 billion kilometres — further than Jupiter, or 20 times to the Sun and back. Sendle have facilitated more than a quarter of a billion dollars in small business eCommerce annually and its customer base has grown by over 600 per cent in the last two years.

“In the last year alone, we’ve grown our AU leadership team significantly, confirmed plans to offer the largest parcel drop off network in Australia by 2020 and most recently announced our extended partnership with eBay. There’s some more exciting news coming in the following months as we look to extend our partnership network further!” continued Chin Moody.

Sendle’s US offering will not waver in its commitment to pioneering environmental business responsibility.

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.

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