In Search of Tomorrow: Hipli is revolutionizing the online parcel delivery market

At the end of 2021, startup Le Havre won a contract with Cdiscount, the French e-commerce giant, for its 100-times reusable package.

Customers of the French e-commerce leader have had the choice since the end of 2021 to use Hipli parcels for eligible products and have their orders delivered in packages with a much longer life cycle.

Cdiscount tested the bags created by startup Le Havre with its employees and several thousand customers at the end of 2020 with positive feedback. “Hebley’s reusable bags are innovative. They protect the products very well and are of great quality,” says Pierre-Yves Escarbet, Cdiscount Deputy Director in charge of the supply chain.

with H Le Havre

In terms of image and environmental impact, the stakes are high because Cdiscount accounts for about 23 million packages in 2020. Obviously, it would not be possible to deliver a washing machine in Hipli packages.

However, plastic envelopes (made in Bulgaria and Portugal – editor’s note) of small and medium size and small boxes offered by Le Havre are ideal for many products: cosmetics, women’s clothing, jewelry, children’s world, toys, books .. “Anything not too big,” sums up Anne-Sophie Raoult, Hipli co-founder with Léa Got.

1.3 billion parcels in 2021

Fiat Lux end of 2019! The two friends are having coffee and are upset to receive bulky, single-use packets. 550 million parcels and 137,000 tons of waste in 2018 for France alone. 1.3 billion parcels in 2021 and 350 thousand tons of waste… Numbers [source : Ademe] Which makes you dizzy and seriously damage the planet.

By founding Hipli – with an H for Le Havre and a gentle nod to e-commerce, the two young women changed their lives too. Léa Got left her position as Director of Strategy in Artificial Intelligence and Anne-Sophie Raoult said goodbye to beer giant Carlsberg, which she was buying globally. They started in pairs, in the building of the business incubator Le Vaisseau, in the Eure district of Le Havre.

Today, the team consists of six people and it is planned to double the number in 2022.

In discussion with Amazon

“We started in July 2020 with our concept of 100-use plastic bags,” recalls Anne-Sophie Raoult, who insists Hebley is a company with influence.

“If we harm the planet, we harm our business,” she summarizes. Today, 30,000 Hipli parcels are traded each month with solid growth, especially since Cdiscount entered the loop.

That’s not all, the two women from Le Havre are having a discussion with the Private Showroom, Galeries Lafayette and have just started discussions with Amazon. “We at first, we talk to them … they find out. Anne Sophie doesn’t want to say more. An eloquent silence for those who know how ruthless the actions of the American tyrannical power founded by Jeff Bezos are.”

230+ brands you already trust

Currently, the two entrepreneurs are working on larger reusable packaging and expanding their client portfolio.

Over 230 brands you already trust. Just like La Poste, who signed a partnership with Hipli at the end of October. The 130,000 mailboxes and 475 million parcels delivered should help move the Le Havre startup into an industrial dimension.

The founders of Le Havre Hebley were awarded the Heart of the Heart Award by the jury at the One to One Start-up Awards 2022 in Monaco!

Partnership with La Poste

La Poste formalized its partnership with Hipli at the end of 2021. As internet sales have increased 13% annually for four years, and climate, resilience, anti-waste and circular economy laws encourage reuse, the French postal operator has switched to a polycarbonate zip envelope Propylene provided by a start-up from Le Havre.

“It’s a simple, practical and responsible solution,” says Philip Dorje, deputy general manager of La Poste. In fact, once delivered and unpacked, the Hipli Envelope (available in three shapes as well as a box) folds and stores in an integrated envelope.

After that, the user just has to leave it in one of the 130,000 mailboxes in the La Poste network.

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