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Austin Canoe & Kayak Newsletter December 2009
In This Issue
On-Line Ordering Even Faster
ACK and the Expedition School
Holiday Buyers Guide
New Products
On-Line Ordering Gets Faster Everyday
Late last month we brought on UPS as a second shipping partner. We are excited to be working with UPS to deliver your packages.  This means that we now offer 6 day a week delivery to our customers. Orders are now electronically reviewed to determine  which carrier will deliver faster based on the ship day and destination and the order is shipped accordingly.
This change coupled with our new, streamlined shopping cart should change you checkout experience and get you the items you need faster. 
ACK and the Expedition School Team Up
ACK will be teaming up locally in Austin to provide Kayak Lessons as well as Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons. 

The Expedition School will also be conducting seminars out of our Austin store and teaming up with us for a kids camp this coming summer as well as some overnight camping trips.  We are looking forward to working with the Expedition School. Check out our lessons board for more information.  Intro Lessons, Quickstart Classes and SUP lessons are being offered now. 

Keep Up With Us

Twitter and Facebook  as well as the ACK Blog continue to be regular stops for the ACK Staff.

Check in on some exciting information, discussions and product discounts.
Shop With ACK This Holiday
Free Shipping on All Accessories           
The Holiday Season is a busy time for everyone so has launched the Holiday Buyers Guide to streamline your shopping capabilities.  We are all pressed for time during the season and more and more shopping is getting done on-line. Free Shipping You can't beat shopping from home and having hundreds of product reviews from ACK and our Customer's  help research the perfect gift. is your one stop shop for your kayaker's needs and we are providing free shipping the entire month of December on all accessory orders.

You can combine this with our discount coupon below.

For timing of deliveries and latest available ship dates please visit our Holiday Shipping page for the details.
New Products at ACK
Must Have Items
ACK is always trying to stay on the cutting edge of fashion in the kayaking community and would like to introduce you to a couple of clothing items that will work great as the colder weather starts to set in. 

TheLong Sleeve T ACK Long Sleeve Shirt is one of the most comfortable long sleeve t-shirts I have ever worn.  Not overly heavy material the neck and the wrists cuffs don't get tight after washing.  I would suggest going up a size as the shirt will shrink a little. 

The Stohlquist SplashDown ST Spray Top is ideal for any cool weather paddling.  The splash top will help to stay dry and comfysplasdown out on the water.  The detachable hood is perfect for when you get some unexpected rain or the wind start's howling. 

For all you Hobie Kayak Sailors out there you don't have to stop just cause the wind is a little chilly.  Throw on a SplashDown and get out on the water.   
Doing Our Part is Good Business
WasteSmart Logo
Here at ACK we are quite proud of our service, our speed and our selection, but one thing that truly separates us from others is how we achieve all this while using a recycling program that is a win for everyone. Recycling helps us keep our costs down all while keeping tons and tons of waste out of landfills.

We never realized how much we were saving or what the impact to the environment was until we came across the City of Austin's WasteSMART program. Once we began the certification process we soon realized what that what we were doing for ourselves and our business was having a beneficial impact on the environment. and for society. In November the City of Austin certified us as WasteSMART.  We are one of only 21 companies in the city that have been certified so far. This is an exciting recognition on multiple fronts and with it I wanted to share some of the ways we reduce our impact:

- 100% recycling of all bubble wrap (both in terms of reuse and straight recycling)
- 100% recycling of all manufacturer defective kayaks
- 100% recycling of all inbound corrugated boxes. (If you have received a package with an "Ugly Box" sticker on it you have participated in our efforts)

It doesn't really stop there. In addition to the recycling efforts, we go step further in the community.

- We receive our paper packing material from the Austin American Statesman newspaper; we take the end of their paper rolls that they can no longer use
- Employees, friends and family save newspapers and these are used as packing material
- Not all of our 'Ugly Boxes' are ours, believe it or not we have partnerships with local retailers for boxes that would otherwise be thrown away
- Dumpster Diving. Yup, at our Austin locations we routinely dive in the dumpster for cardboard, it is a precious commodity

So next time your order an item look to see if it is an "Ugly Box", this is a sure sign it was recycled and be sure to recycle it yourself. Additionally, if you get a random newspaper article, read it, it might be interesting...if just plain white paper, well, you missed it by just a few feet on the roll.

We are very proud of our efforts and continue to look for ways to improve with our Reuse and Recycle program. Don't be surprised if you stop by for some bubble wrap or paper and we try to charge you for it, our trash is like gold to us.

ACK offers our sincere thanks for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter. We hope you find it valuable and informative. If you have any suggestions or requests to make the newsletters better and more informative, please let us know.
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