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Make Your Idea Happen: Mail-Order Business

Of the thousands of entrants in our Make Your Idea Happen contest, a large number dream to build upon the popularity of Birchbox and Plated with their own unique mail-order businesses. From curated beauty products to all the fixin’s for dinner, all types of items are getting boxed up and shipped across the country.

For example, contest entrant Angela P. writes, “We want to take our world-class hot fudge sundae catering services across the country — in a box. We need cooler boxes that can hold our scoops of ice cream with dry ice. We need party hats and tablecloths, napkins and spoons. We need balloons and plenty of plastic containers to hold our delicious toppings. We need address labels, ‘dry ice’ stickers and cardboard boxes to help make it all happen. So if you need 25 sundaes in New York tomorrow, you can have them.”

Teresa W. would like her mail order business to have more of an educational spin: “I would like to create science fair experiments in a box. Everything would be included plus a downloadable link for additional analysis, control, tracking and reporting sheets. I would like to provide options for individual or classroom experiments. We would need packaging, labels and the supplies for three to four different kits.”

If you want to start a mail-order gift business, we can help. Whether you’re looking to put together a care package or send your own creations, we offer all the essentials that will help you turn your dream into a reality. For example:

As you can see, Staples has everything you need to make your idea happen, regardless of your industry. We even have expert advice on marketing, technology, financing and more to help you build and grow your business.

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