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Donate and upgrade baggage with eBags and Goodwill

For the first time, eBags has partnered with Goodwill and Give Back Box to offer a Trade In, Trade Up Program. Through the program, Goodwill and Give Back Box will find a new home for a gently used backpack, business case, handbag or duffel that they no longer need and customers get a 25 percent discount coupon and a free eBags Connected Luggage Tag.

The Give Back Box program reuses boxes for shipping. As such the program helps keep both used travel gear and shipping materials out of landfills.

It doesn't matter where luggage or travel item was purchased, according to Krista Paul, vice president of business development and partnerships at eBags. She adds, "The program is available across the US eBags customers need only download a pre-paid shipping label and either drop off or organize a pick-up from UPS or USPS." 

To help automate the program, eBags partnered with the organizations. The shipping is done courtesy of Give Back Box and is shipped to the nearest Goodwill location, according to Paul. 

The Greenwood Village-based company also recently expanded its product lines by 41 percent, including 11 new private-label products and the Connected Luggage Tag, an ID tag that uses an app to track lost luggage.

The expansion, holiday season and Trade In, Trade Up Program are driving new employment at the company. "In anticipation of extra business from the holiday traffic coupled with new sales from the incentives granted to customers who utilize the Trade In, Trade Up Program, we have added approximately 20 to 25 new customer service agents," Paul says.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Read more articles by Chris Meehan.

Chris is a Denver-based freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. He covers sustainability, social issues and other topics.
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