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ThinkISP partners with Envision Strategy to advocate for the last mile industry


WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ThinkISP, the nation’s leading independent think tank for the parcel delivery industry, announced its partnership with Envision Strategy, LLC (Envision). Envision is a state and federal government relations firm with offices in Albany, NY and Washington, D.C., and includes a consulting team of former members of Congress, chiefs of staff from both sides of the aisle, local and state government officials and leaders. private and public sectors.

In their first project together, ThinkISP and the Envision team will work with federal lawmakers to address the backlog in Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) payments to Independent Service Providers (ISPs). “The ERTC is a refundable payroll tax credit for wages paid by an employer whose activity is totally or partially suspended due to an order related to COVID-19 or who experiences a drop of at least minus 10% of gross receipts over the same calendar quarter of the prior year,” according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Independent service providers across the country have experienced delays in their ERTC payments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the backlog of cases that have yet to be reviewed by the IRS. Long delays cause headaches for small and medium-sized businesses amid rising costs and growing demand for services. ThinkISP and Envision connect ISPs with their federal legislators to assist with the ERTC process and follow up with the IRS on the status of ERTC payments. Most recently, the ThinkISP and Envision team met with staff from the offices of US Senate Majority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer, Representative Elise Stefanik, and Representative Paul Tonko. The group has several other federal meetings in the queue after the recent election.

“This partnership is critical to ThinkISP’s mission and the last mile industry,” said Steven Johnson, ThinkISP founding member and think tank spokesperson. “The industry needs positive affiliations as businesses continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and relief efforts. Envision will bring its government and business development expertise to the table, and we will bring our knowledge of the last mile industry to protect ISP results.

“ThinkISP has a unique opportunity to improve the parcel delivery industry,” said Jim Thompson, consultant at Envision. “As a team, we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the organization, its mission and the industry, which has such a profound effect on the lives of millions of Americans. We look forward to bringing solutions to the table, so ISPs can focus on expanding their businesses and providing quality delivery services.

Through its partnership, ThinkISP and Envision will use the data and research established by the think tank and its members to seek legislative and regulatory solutions and improve the independent service provider model that powers the last mile.

About ThinkISP

ThinkISP is an independent think tank for the parcel delivery industry. ThinkISP’s mission is to enhance the independent service provider model that powers last mile delivery by putting data, intelligence, and solution research at the forefront. The eight founding members of ThinkISP own businesses that collectively deliver hundreds of thousands of FedEx Ground packages each week.