Care Packages on Autopilot

Considering sending your college student a care package? Consider this first...

Care packageParents: your son or daughter is away at school. You know all too well that they run out of things . . . or everything, for that matter. There’s no easy way to replenish them without tracking down what they need, packaging it up, and spending an arm and a leg on shipping costs. Until now. (Dramatic, right?)

Recently, I spoke with the co-founder and CEO of Co-ed Supply, an entrepreneurial company that hopes to save parents time and money when it comes to care packages. Founder Marissa Hu, a current M.B.A. student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, says wanted to start a business that filled a major gap for college students and their (very, very extensive) needs.

“When I was in college, getting a care package or any package was the most exciting thing ever,” she says. “We decided that idea would be a great product to give to college students . . . parents always want them to have what they need to get through college.”

How does Co-ed Supply work? It’s a membership program, so you can sign up as a parent (though students can also sign up on their own), pick the gender of the package receiver (which doesn't change much except for, say, an item's color), and each month, your student will receive a care package with items in three categories: toiletries, healthy snacks, and miscellaneous. The “miscellaneous” category changes depending on the season or holiday, and in the past has included items like face paint for Halloween, hot chocolate for the winter months, and Hu’s personal favorite, gloves that work with touch-screen devices. Membership costs $20 a month, which includes shipping.

Hu says the feedback has been extremely positive. One parent even e-mailed her saying that her son wanted to know how exactly Co-ed Supply managed to know exactly what he wanted and needed each month. She adds that there are subscribers on both coasts and everywhere in between. “It’s really incredible to see people excited about it across the country,” she adds.

Co-ed Supply is currently working with various brands to include their products in the box, making sure the packages include useful things that the students want and need.

“In the short term, we want to be able to customize boxes with different sizes and different versions of the boxes—that’s a suggestion we’ve heard with customer feedback,” Hu says, adding that bigger packages can be sent to places like fraternity or sorority houses. “In the long term, we want Co-ed Supply to be the go-to website for college students to get anything they need.”

The best part about Co-ed Supply is the convenience, she says. “A lot of parents run around making care packages for their students—it’s a huge hassle, and shipping is expensive. We put all of that on autopilot.”

Interested in using this service for your college-bound teen? Visit www.coedsupply.com for information and to sign up!

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now

Tags:
care packages Co-ed Supply college student gifts college students gifts for students parenting

About Catherine Seraphin

Catherine Seraphin

Catherine Seraphin is currently the Multimedia Project Manager at Harvard University and a former Assistant Editor/Online Specialist for CollegeXpress. Catherine graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Journalism, a minor in English, and course concentrations in Business. She was previously an in-depth arts reporter for Penn State’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Collegian, and interned as a features reporter at a paper based in Southern Massachusetts. Catherine previously had a full-year internship with a well-known higher education PR firm. Her favorite experiences during college include her two years as a resident assistant and her involvement in THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. There, she was on the PR committee that helped THON become the third most tweeted topic worldwide. When she isn’t working, you can find Catherine shopping, reading, or running.

 

Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress
CollegeXpress Logo

$10,000

Are you our next winner?

Register now for our scholarship giveaway

Alexandra Adriano

Alexandra Adriano

$2,000 Community Service Scholarship Winner, 2016

I've used CollegeXpress quite a bit as a senior, particularly for colleges and scholarships, so it's been a very big asset in that respect! I would recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a college education, especially seniors! This scholarship will help me achieve my goals in ways I couldn't have before, and I know that there are opportunities like that for everyone on the website and in the magazines!

Carlie Cadet

Carlie Cadet

High School Class of 2019

CollegeXpress has helped me learn about an abundance of scholarships available to me and my situation. I was able to do research for colleges in my best interest with your website. I've had multiple colleges email me and offer me multiple scholarships and things of that nature because of this website! Thank you so much for uploading scholarships I didn’t even know existed, even if my life took a huge turn and I wasn’t able to go to college straight out of high school. CollegeXpress helped me a lot in high school to be even more motivated to get into my dream college (which I did, by the way). I'm looking forward to using the materials CollegeXpress has kindly provided me for free to look for scholarships to help pay for college.

Victoria

Victoria

High School Class of 2019

CollegeXpress has helped me by opening my eyes to new opportunities. I learned about such easy ways to get financial help to achieve my dreams while also learning about myself and who I truly am. I know this isn't a very long explanation of what CollegeXpress has done for me, but nonetheless, I believe it's crucial to how I developed as a person throughout my time as a college student.

Abhishek Kumar

Abhishek Kumar

High School Class of 2022

As a high schooler, I know how hard it is to plan for college. You have to consider a lot of factors: SAT/ACT scores, college searches, scholarships, and more. CollegeXpress has been a helpful resource that solves all these problems. One can easily create a free account and search away. They help you search for scholarships and colleges, they have graduate program search, they have lists and rankings, and so much more. CX also has a lot of articles and advice to read—whether it’s financial aid, test prep, campus visits, internships/careers, or anything. Not only that, CX gives out free scholarship money to students who sign up and create a free CX account. I love CX and will continue to use it! Thank you CollegeXpress for making my college journey easier!

Lu Diehl

Lu Diehl

High School Class of 2022

I never would have found the college I plan on attending without CollegeXpress! I've always been a person of ambition and have been dreaming of studying and working on my passion for law, legal studies, and political science. Washington College is where I plan on pursuing my career. My journey with my education has been difficult, and oftentimes, I was told I would never amount to much, but now I'm dual enrolled at Caroll Community College and have had experience in the fields I am dedicated to. Without the help of CollegeXpress (even in its early days), I would never have found Washington College and the information I need to apply and become a part of their community.

College Matches