Effective immediately, donated clothing and footwear ship FREE via GiveBackCanada.ca
April 21, 2020 – TORONTO, Ontario – PUDO Inc. (“PUDO” or “the Company”) (CSE: PDO; OTCQB: PDPTF), North America’s only carrier-neutral parcel pick-up and drop-off counter Network, is pleased to announce the launch of its national GiveBack Canada campaign (“GBC”), an innovative program designed to connect Canadian charities whose critical supply chains have been broken by the repercussions of COVID-19, with millions of Canadians for whom home-quarantine represents an opportunity to clean out closets and downsize wardrobes.
“There is a perfect storm of crisis and charitable opportunity brewing here in Canada, and PUDO is uniquely situated to respond immediately and at no cost to Canadians, “ says PUDO CEO Frank Coccia. “Several large Canadian charities need to accumulate post-pandemic thrift store inventory, and millions of Canadians are locked down at home, industriously spring cleaning but with nowhere to send their donation boxes.”
Due to COVID-19, Canadian charities that operate storefront thrift shops to fund critical community outreach programs are closed, as are their donation drop-off stations. This isn’t great news for our most vulnerable Canadians — low income families and seniors, the homeless, single parents, and countless others who rely on charitable services and/or thrift store access to help make ends meet.
“By piggybacking on our existing returns logistics Network we can consolidate at the community level, and ship sealed boxes of gently used clothing and footwear from major Canadian cities, to regional warehouses for sorting and re-distribution to thrift stores, at absolutely no cost to Canadians,” adds Coccia. “We will not impose restrictions on box weight or the number of boxes each household can donate, but for operator safety and ease of handling, we ask that box size not exceed 2’ x 2’ x 2’ in size, or 8 cubic feet per box.”
The need for gently used necessities of life is greater than ever, and it will be greater still when this time of social distancing and extraordinary financial hardship ends. If Canadians work together now to fortify the thrift store supply chain through PUDO’s GiveBackCanada.ca portal, we can help charities prepare for the future and hit the ground running when quarantine restrictions are lifted.
Participation in GiveBack Canada is easy.
- Visit GiveBackCanada.ca to find a participating PUDOpoint Counters location near you.
- Fill your empty shipping boxes from Amazon and other retailers, or any small to medium size cardboard box, with gently used clothing and footwear – see GBC website for a list of needed items.
- Download and print a FREE GiveBack Canada shipping label and drop your sealed box or boxes to a participating PUDOpoint Counters location.
“We are extremely grateful to be of national service during this pandemic,” concludes Coccia. “Our entire team has been working long hours remotely, so that we could be ready for launch this week. I thank each and every one of our staff, plus the thousands of PUDOpoint operators, couriers and transport drivers participating in GiveBack Canada.”
About GiveBack Canada
GiveBack Canada (“GBC”) is a COVID-19 pandemic related supply chain crisis-response initiative of PUDO Inc. – North America’s only carrier-neutral parcel pick-up and drop-off Counter Network. The GBC program utilizes its PUDOpoint Counters located in most major centres across Canada, plus the Company’s established return logistics Network, to facilitate the coast-to-coast undertaking. GBC facilitates the collection, consolidation, and distribution of badly needed, gently used and new clothing and footwear to participating Canadian charities who rely on thrift store donations and revenues to fund critical community outreach programs, but whose donation centres and storefronts have shut down due to COVID-19.
Canadians are invited to visit www.givebackcanada.ca to find a PUDOpoint Counters location near them, then fill one or more cardboard boxes with merchandise (see website for a list of needed items), download and print a FREE shipping label, and then drop the sealed box to their nearest PUDOpoint Counters location. By piggybacking on the Company’s existing Network, donation boxes will be consolidated at the community level then shipped to regional warehouses for sorting and re-distribution to thrift stores, at absolutely no cost to Canadians.
If Canadians cannot find a participating PUDOpoint Counters location near them, the Company will endeavour to enroll another of its locations in the GBC program. As PUDO responds to new requests for critical supplies it will on-board and announce new partners.
To stay in touch regarding GiveBack Canada news and updates, please subscribe at https://www.givebackcanada.ca/about-pudo.
For more information, please visit www.GiveBackCanada.ca.
PUDO Inc. is North America’s only carrier-neutral parcel pick-up and drop-off counter Network, conceived to resolve the last-mile parcel-traffic-control gridlock that challenges North America’s $700B e-commerce sector, and eliminate over $6B in door-dropped parcel theft.
PUDO’s team of logistics and parcel traffic management experts have created a plug-and-play, pay-as-you-go platform and Network of parcel pick-up and drop-off storefront counters known as PUDOpoint Counters, strategically located very near to where people live, work and play.
The PUDO model reduces or eliminates crippling last-mile related expenses for online retailers, marketplaces and carrier/delivery partners, with fulfillment and distribution solutions that include parcel storage and consolidation for click-and-collect deliveries, online returns, and the nearly 35% of e-commerce parcels that are undeliverable on first attempt.
Membership in the PUDOpoint Counters Network program offers consumers ‘parcel receipt certainty’, early/late/weekend pick-up and return convenience, 100% elimination of door-drop parcel theft, and a mobile home-away-from-home address Network that goes wherever they do.
The PUDOpoint Counters Network provides all carriers, retailers, and consumers with badly needed cost controls, choice, and convenience.
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