posts tagged with California

How Coast Pet Distributors got creative to reduce costs and carbon

jaredwilliams-sq.png Learn more about how small business owner, Hayden Epstein and Warehouse Operations Manager, Jared Williams use recycling to make the return trip worth it.

Coast Pet Distributors is a small, family business that specializes in providing the highest quality pet foods and products to retailers in seven states.

Late in 2012 we started shipping a new food line that had to be kept at refrigerated temperatures. We researched the most effective way to deliver product to our customers and insulated shipping boxes seemed to be a great fit. But each insulated box and gel pack cost us about $52.00 – a lot of money for packaging that was thrown away after one trip. So why not ask customers to hang on to the boxes and find a way to get them shipped back to us?

“Ben the Bear” – A Personal Account

ben_bathing.png At FedEx, every shipment has its own unique story. It could be someone’s wedding gown, life-saving medical supplies…and sometimes, a bear! Earlier this month, I was privileged to be part of the team that rescued a black bear-grizzly hybrid named “Ben.” As a relatively new FedEx team member, I’d heard the many stories of how FedEx had helped rescue abused animals from deplorable conditions. Now, I had the chance to help give Ben a quality of life he had never before experienced.

Cycling California for a Cause

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Our FedEx team just finished a 545-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. This is my sixth year of riding, and the fabulous views of the California coast and valleys seem fresh and new every year. Most important, we do it for a good cause – raising funds to combat HIV/AIDS.

FedEx and Magic Johnson Brighten the Holidays for Families

Magic Johnson event IT Guys - Maryland.jpg Standing at 6 feet, 9 inches, Magic Johnson is probably the world’s tallest elf. For 13 years, the legendary NBA hall-of-famer was the big guy on basketball courts. Today, he’s just as famous for having a big heart for community service. The Magic Johnson Foundation, established in 1991, serves more than 250,000 disadvantaged persons annually through a variety of community outreach services.

Most recently, the Magic Johnson Foundation and FedEx teamed up...

Purple Goes Green Coast To Coast

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...I expected to learn that the environmental needs and attitudes were vastly different for these two opposite corners of the country. However, I found that both areas actually have quite similar environmental needs…improve air and water quality, monitor local waste disposal, clean up polluted properties and promote recycling. I also found that the FedEx volunteers in both locations were quick to roll up their sleeves and get to work. This was not a surprise to me though. I’ve yet to encounter a group of FedEx team members that fail to rise to the challenge of pitching in when there is a good cause and work to be done...