Delivery From Inconvenience
Online shopping is fun and easy, but receiving packages is not. Trying to catch that Amazon package at the exact moment the delivery gets to your house can feel like a game of real–life phone tag, especially if you’ve got a 9–to–5 job.
But now, Volvo owners, at least, can rest assured that their packages will be waiting for them inside their cars when the workday is over. New digital key technology enables people with Volvos to choose their vehicles as a delivery and pickup option, a Volvo press release asserts. Read More
Sometime last week, one of my much-more-fashionable-than-me coworkers told me there was a new beauty app causing a stir at Fashion Week.
The app was GLAMSQUAD, a service that lets you order professional hair stylists to your home to perform blowouts, updos and cool braids that you could never possibly do by yourself — or without trekking through an Arctic wasteland to your nearest blow-dry bar. Read More
Yesterday’s blizzard is a great excuse for failing to get your boyfriend or girlfriend a Valentine’s Day gift — but today’s partnership between Lover.ly and WunWun means you won’t even have to use it.
There’s something freeing about online food delivery. At the click of the mouse, you can specify your finicky or disgusting food preferences in private. Even your roommates don’t have to know that you requested double sour cream on those 9 a.m. nachos. Read More
It looks like a few big names have picked their horse they want to bet on in the convenience economy. And then saddled that horse up with bags of cash.
Today Zaarly, the marketplace that matches people who have tasks they need to get done with people willing to do them (for a price and within the specified time frame), just announced it picked up $14 million investment round led by Kleiner Perkins. For comparison TaskRabbit, one of Zaarly’s many competitors, raised a more modest series A at $5 million in May.
Zaarly, which counts Michael Arrington, Ashton Kutcher and AngelList’s Naval Ravikant as seed investors, also announced a would-be governor on their board: current HP CEO and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Read More
The Poochie Place, INK, Soho Grocery, Puppy Love & Kitty Kat, xoom smoothies & coffee bar: all East Village/Lower East Side establishments that will sign for your packages and leave them sitting on a shelf until it is convenient for you to retrieve them, as arranged by a new startup, Village Doorman, created by two East Village techies. Read More