Top-rated Australian courier service Sendle has announced "another first for small businesses with the launch of its hotly anticipated international door-to-door delivery service including global flat rates".
We're told that "the rollout begins today for thousands of Sendle’s Sydney customers in time for Christmas deliveries".
Customers within 15km of the Sydney CBD can now "take advantage of Sendle’s carbon neutral delivery service and send parcels to 220 countries and territories around the world at prices that are typically 20% cheaper than traditional post".
A 1kg package to the UK that would normally cost $51.72 to send via the post office only costs $33.88 with Sendle Premium.
Sendle co-founder and chief executive James Chin Moody said: "At Sendle, our vision is to level the playing field by unlocking the power of big business logistics for those at the smaller end of town. Our new international shipping service will save small business owners time, money and a trip to the Post Office, allowing them to focus on what really matters – efficiently exporting their products and scaling their business.
“With a recent study estimating that 20% of all e-commerce would be cross-border by 2022, this is more important now than ever before for thousands of Aussie small businesses looking to compete in the age of Amazon."
Small business owner Mandy Sacher, pictured below, is a paediatric nutritionist and a mother of two. She is "the first customer to send a package internationally with Sendle, and is using the new service to send her book, The Wholesome Child, to readers across the globe".
Sacher said: “I have used Sendle for my small business for a few years now. As a working mum with a young family, I just didn’t have the time to wait in a post office all day.
"Sendle has been a huge help with managing work/life balance and has helped my business grow to the point where I am gaining international customers, just as Sendle can now help with the same affordable, door-to-door delivery service to anywhere in the world."
The launch of the service follows hot on the heels of Sendle's "landmark partnership announcement between Sendle and DHL eCommerce last month, when it was revealed that the global logistics giant has joined Sendle’s network of delivery providers as it geared up to create an international shipping service".
Sendle said international shipping service is "available immediately to Sendle customers located in 183 Sydney postcodes. A national roll-out of the service will take place in 2018".
A full breakdown of pricing and destinations is here (PDF link).
Sendle customer Mandy Sacher sending her first international package.