23. August 2016–
With all the possibilities that online shopping brings with it, one problem always stays: The delivery and being at home when it arrives.
The luxury of sending online-bought items to your office stops when, for example, you order furniture or larger items, or simply a lot things that are difficult to transport home. Having the seller send the items to your apartment and hoping for one of your neighbours to be there when first, it's delivered, and second, when you want to pick it up, is just as much pain. A new way of handling that problem is currently being tested in Berlin. Liefery, a delivery startup for local shops, now offers a new product: tudoor.
What they do
tudoor looks at delivery from a different perspective. Instead of having your items sent to your own address, you pick tudoor's. You then tell Tudoor at what time you would like to have it delivered to your house and can choose between two time windows: 9 am – 1 pm and 7 pm – 10 pm, from Monday to Friday. The same goes for picking up packages.
Keeping up to five packages (each max. 31,5 kg, and max. size 100cm x 100cm x 50cm) for 30 days at the most and delivering them to your house, Tudoor charges €4.90. Same price goes for the pick-up service.
The idea makes sense, especially for those who cannot work from home while waiting for a delivery. With online shopping becoming more and more popular, the idea of paying about €5 extra and having packages delivered to your doorstep after work, sounds promising. However, the logistics behind it seem very cost intense. tudoor will need a warehouse, drivers, cars and a well working software that picks up the right packages for the right person. That can partly be covered by Liefery sources. Still, I think they will need a high demand to cover the costs.
For Berlin's size, the idea is great, and for busy people, who are constantly on the go and fancy online shopping, this is perfect. Let's see how many of these customers the startup can find in Germany's capital.