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October 30, 2006

The Coming Week

Filed under: The Website — shippingpal @ 10:47 am

What better way to start the workweek than with a kvetch? My current pet peeve – great new web apps that require you to register before you can find out what they do. Seems to me they have it all backwards – show me the usefulness, and then I’ll decide whether to spend my time filling out forms that give you my personal information. Anyway…

It’s a busy week coming up at Shipping Pal as we prepare to roll out our official launch. We’re putting the finishing touches on our coast-to-coast quoting system, courtesy of the good people at UPS and Purolator, as well as building the charity component of the site.

As I’ve mentioned before, community is a big part of what we’re trying to achieve at Shipping Pal, and as the weather here in Toronto gets colder, we all huddle together to keep warm. We’ve partnered with a number of worthwhile charities and will be profit-sharing with them through a pretty interesting initiative we call ‘Handle With Care.’ Full details for the site are still being written up, but essentially all shipments can be coded with the charity the user wishes to support, and we donate a percentage of the value of their shipments to the charity they choose. On top of that, GTA users can give our couriers non-perishable food items for donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

It gets better – all participating customers are eligible to win one of 5 great prizes provided by Hammam Spa and Blowfish restaurant, two of the most luxurious and stylish destinations in the city. Details on all of this will be available on the website in the next day or two, so start shipping!

Currently reading: Observer Magazine interview with Tom Waits

Currently hearing: Signs (Badmarsh & Shri)

Currently watching: Dexter (Showtime)

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