In my first blog post in this series, I introduced you to a smart, entrepreneurial company and a product that helped turn their great idea into reality. It’s what happened when The Giggling Pig got together with Pitney Bowes and their new offering called SendPro® online shipping and mailing solution.
The Giggling Pig is a well-known, burgeoning small business with two retail locations in CT. Hannah Perry, Founder & CEO, told me that she started the company because of her desire to do something great with her passion for art.
“I have always loved working with children, and art is such a fantastic way for them to express their creativity and imagination. Our stores and merchandise are a hit with customers, both children and adults, because it gives them the creative outlet they want and need in life.”Hannah Perry, Founder & CEO of The Giggling Pig
While her two studio locations are booming with on-site activity, Perry has been slow to activate the e-commerce aspect of her business being at a loss for how to efficiently process the orders and ship them out in a timely fashion. Last month the company, with access to SendPro®, was able to launch “Art Box” which allows customers to order and send the Giggling Pig’s painting program to anyone anywhere. In the first month they have shipped almost 40 Art Boxes to children and families in a dozen states around the country – as far south as Florida and as far west as Arizona. Perry and her team are receiving lots of emails and photos from happy artists. “It is a good feeling to know that we have given families a reason to spend time together, creating and making memories.”
According to Perry, SendPro has been a godsend for the company. “I don’t know how we managed to ship and mail before we got SendPro. It’s truly amazing that we can get online or phone orders from customers and have the Art Boxes ready to go out the door within a few minutes. It has saved us so much time AND we’re saving money too with the shipping discounts that we get by using SendPro.”
Pitney Bowes recently launched a special SendPro offer to small business owners like The Giggling Pig to help make mailing and shipping easier by being able to print stamps right from your desktop for $5/month, businesses get:
- Compare pricing and send overnights and packages with three major carriers from a single online application.
- No additional equipment needed - use your own computer and printer.
- It comes with a free 10 lbs. scale
- By signing up for the Pitney Bowes flexible payment option you get $15 in postage after you print 3 shipping labels within the first 30 days.
- Get the first 3 months free when you sign up and cancel any time
For more information on the offer and to watch a video on how SendPro can help your business, click here.
Next up in our series with Pitney Bowes and The Giggling Pig is a special small business event taking place at one of their retail locations later this month. I will post more information online about that event as well as more tips and advice to help you grow your business. If you want to join the discussion, you can follow me, @brianmoran, and @Pitney Bowes on Twitter and the Pitney Bowes Facebook page to follow Hannah’s story.