Holiday shopping online is quick, easy, convenient, and fun!
With online shopping increasing across the board, the internet has become a great place to score some deals! In many situations you can find things cheaper online than in a bricks and mortar locations. Especially on Cyber Monday!
We understand online shopping and we're excited for this weekend! People wait all year for this weekend- it’s bookended by Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Get your holiday gifts purchased at a fraction of the price. Why not?!
If you’re expecting all those goodies to your home in the next month, because you love Cyber Monday, you’ll be thinking about how to keep them safe from porch pirates! And don’t worry about adding hours to your busy December-days because of parcel pickups. Have everything shipped to a Got-it Box and stop commuting to courier companies after work!
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If you're anything like me then you envy the people who have their Christmas shopping finished by now. Spreading Christmas expenses over a few months is a great way to keep costs down but don't worry, there are still ways to save money this upcoming holiday season if you didn't get the jump on shopping.
As it's often reported, online shopping is a great way to watch your dollars when shopping for your loved ones. You don't have to gift your favourite people with cheap, less-valuable items just because you're looking for lower prices. Instead you can get great deals on whatever you're looking for. No matter the budget, you can expect to get the most bang for your buck online.
It used to be that you could only find cheaper name-brand items on third party websites like Overstock, Amazon or Ebay. Now it's common to find cheaper items at the source. For example, whenever I'm looking for a new book the first place I look is Chapters by Indigo. But I don't bother visiting a store, I go straight to their website. They boast discounts like 40% off best selling titles, while always offering cheaper prices on every item on their website than in their store. Why buy items from a company's bricks and mortar store when you know you can get their cheaper prices on line? That's just one example but there are many more out there, all you need to do is start searching!
Saving money is always a great reason to do something but there are more benefits to shopping online than that. You can save yourself the hassle of running around to different malls and stores. Avoid lineups, crowded parking lots, frustrated shoppers, and the Christmas rush that makes people anxious. Instead, why not order Christmas gifts while in your pajamas, drinking wine in the comfort of your home? Maybe it would be more efficient for you to do your shopping from your phone while waiting for your coffee to brew in the morning. Regardless of how or when you do your online shopping the important thing to consider is how easy and helpful it can be.
Once your items are ordered all you have to do is wait for them to arrive. But just a second, that part, the waiting part, can be easy and helpful as well. Use a Got-it Box to receive packages when you're not home and your worries about stolen delivered items and closed delivery depots are gone.
Make your Christmas efficient and easy with online shopping and Got-it Box!
Let us tap into your imagination for a few minutes: picture yourself walking through a mall; think about the store-fronts, the different colours, scents, bright lights, and bustling people. But wait a second, the people aren't carrying any shopping bags. Could it be that they’re not shopping, would this many people spend their day just browsing? You wander through stores and notice that there are only examples of each product they offer. Confused, you seek some answers about this mall.
We want you to imagine a shopping experience where you browse, buy and then have your new items delivered to your home. Stores would offer examples of all their products, ranging in colours and sizes. You would try out the things you like, place your order, make your payment and leave empty handed only to find your items at your home later that day! Imagine never having to carry heavy bags around the mall again!
Forget buying extra luggage to accommodate all your purchases and souvenirs when travelling. Have everything shipped instead. This would be especially handy for certain times of the year and when your shopping increases on trips!
You may have just imagined the future.
This business model would create a middle ground for people who like to shop online but also don’t want to stop visiting malls and retail locations. It would also add the convenience of not having to carry your purchases around with you from store to store. You could move on with your day and be reunited with your purchases at your home later.
With so many retail locations closing and companies brainstorming ways to remain relevant, this idea could easily become a reality. New ways to entice customers are always popping up in the retail industry and this may be the next one to really shake things up!
There's no point in having purchases conveniently shipped to your home only to have them left on your doorstep for a length of time or inconveniencing you to receive them. Let a Got-it Box take care of it!
We're noticing changes in the retail industry and we're not the only ones!
Wired published an article recently, Why Apple Doesn't Want You to Line Up for Its Watch. The article offers insight into why Apple is encouraging consumers to purchase their new watch online. One very interesting point of their story really jumped out:
"In some ways, Apple is testing a strategy that has bedeviled traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, in which stores become more like showrooms than shopping destinations. Upstart online retailers, on the other hand—companies such Warby Parker, Bonobos, Birchbox, and Rent the Runway-have embraced showrooming, opening physical stores to complement their websites. It’s a model that embraces the way that consumers shop today, in which sales often are clinched in front of a screen after the customer leaves the store." - Issie Lapowsky, staff writer for Wired.
A timely Toronto Star article announced a new Ikea concept-store being unveiled in Ontario later this year. There will be "a limited number of items for purchase and immediate takeaway and 10 tablets on site for customers to browse and buy on www.IKEA.com."
Read the full article from The Star.
We're all on to something here!
We're all about choices when it comes to shipping and delivery. Got-it Box is a company dedicated to making the shipping/delivery industry more efficient and convenient for EVERYONE involved!
Making this industry more efficient means providing options for receiving deliveries. We are members of a movement trying to turn the shipping/delivery industry on its head...in a good way. Creating more efficient practices for this industry will benefit everyone; we've talked about this before (more than a few times), but why not?!
When it comes to options we're more than happy to provide a few. Aside from the classic and modern Got-it Box models we've unveiled the Got-it Bench! We loved our bench so much that we decided to make a second model!
We now offer four product options in three different sizes. Make your deliveries efficient and keep your items secure. No matter the space, you can find a Got-it Box product to fit!
The biggest news to make the rounds this past weekend was the announcement of Future Shop closing its doors across Canada. As the sister-store to America's Best Buy, Futureshop was operating 131 bricks and mortar locations. Best Buy acquired Futureshop in 2001 with the intention of operating two separate brands selling similar products.
Headlines from various news outlets target online shopping as the cause for FutureShop's recent, and seemingly sudden, departure from the retail landscape. Globe and Mail states, "No place for Future Shop as shopping's future shifts," the CBC proclaims, "Future Shop stores lost out to fulfilled online shoppers." Shopping's future is shifting and has been heading down this road for some time now. Online shoppers are satisfied with cheaper prices, increased options, guaranteed availability, and cheap or sometimes free shipping. While online shopping becomes more accessible than ever before it's no surprise chain stores are having to pack it in.
Best Buy has announced that 65 of their former Future Shop locations will be converted to Best Buy stores while 66 locations will be closed completely. Cities with only Future Shop stores can expect re-branding to take place later this week. Blue and yellow Best Buy signage will replace Future Shop's red and white. It has been announced that the transition will be swift across the country.
The electronics sector was once known as the retail industry segment that would always produce inquisitive customers. With many gadgets and updated technology, the electronics stores were usually quite helpful to bewildered consumers. However, the downsizing of retail giants RadioShack and Sony Canada along with Future Shop paints a new picture. Advice was always something you had to get from an "expert" in a retail location, but the internet has changed that. The common way to chose an electronic project these days is to research it online, this allows for product information and unbiased customer reviews. Most websites give you the option to compare products easily for making your informed decision.
When consumers no longer view retail employees as experts the appeal of shopping in stores goes down. With safer online shopping proving more convenient and efficient, electronics retailers closing their doors doesn't seem that far-fetched.
Experts (and Got-it Box employees) have been predicting the rise of online shopping as well as the fall of bricks and mortar retailers. It's only a matter of time before we see a major shift in the percentage of online shopping sales versus bricks and mortar sales. Companies that are adapting to the changes in retail will survive because they are being proactive with their choices; the companies that are not adapting will find themselves left in the past.
With increased online sales comes increased deliveries. When you're expecting more items to your home on a regular basis you'll want to keep them secure. Got-it Box can do just that!
Got-it Box attracts attention, it's a product that catches the eye. While showcasing it at many events over the last year we've heard all sorts of comments. We often heard that a product line with different Got-it Box sizes would be a good idea. And guess what? We agreed!
We've had the concept for Got-it Bench up our sleeves since unveiling the original Got-it Box but waited to gauge interest before pursuing. While conducting market research and attending events and trade shows it was clear that the bench sounded interesting to a lot of people.
Wood was chosen for this model rather than our signature anodized aluminum. We love our original Got-it Box design but when deciding on material for the bench we went with cedar. As a building material cedar is quite stable; it doesn't warp, bend, or crack when subjected to the elements. Cedar also has aesthetic appeal where it can be stained without losing the grained look. Got-it Bench looks sharp and adds a functional, comfortable element to the exterior (or interior) of your home.
Got-it Bench functions like our original Got-it Box, with a mail slot and electronic PIN pad, but also includes a nice place to sit. Two average sized adults can sit on the Got-it Bench comfortably. Got-it Bench receives deliveries from whoever you're expecting something from: mail carriers, couriers, friends, family members, customers (if you're running an at-home business), strangers (if you're buying or selling things in online auctions), neighbours, etc. The great thing about our products is that you decide to accesses them.
When expecting a delivery to your home chances are you'll be communicating with the sender, whether it's a retailer, delivery company or personal contact. Facilitating deliveries becomes much easier when you include a Got-it Bench and tell people how to access it!
From what we've heard from different Got-it Box users, whether or not you'll give out the code is seemingly a preference. Some people use a primary code that they distribute for their deliveries and others prefer to offer one time use codes. We've also heard that people leave the Got-it Box open and the delivery people lock it up (press the FACTO button) when they're finished. For more information about the lock and how to access a Got-it Box or Bench please visit our FAQ page.
We're pretty happy with our Got-it Bench! After the conversations we've had with people about different sizes we decided to offer two different bench options. You will be able to choose from the Got-it Bench and the Mini Got-it Bench, which is smaller but still qualifies as a two-seater.
As a society, we've seen many changes in the last 20-years. From technology, medicine and beyond; we're accustomed to hearing about breakthroughs in the news cycle. It's an interesting time to be working on a new product but Got-it Box is not just a new product, it's a new idea!
With so many changes in society lately, all signs point to Got-it Box being the right product for these fast-moving times. People expect things to be efficient, and instant gratification is more prominent now than ever before. The trick to retailers succeeding with sales is their ability to shorten the time frame for customers to receive their items. We're thinking about online sales of course but the customer experience should always be easy!
Change is everywhere:
Online retailers have realized this and incorporated 'cheats' into their systems for speeding up processes. There are quick-buy options if you've shopped with the retailer before, express shipping at cheaper rates now that online shopping is so popular as well as website memberships to make shopping more convenient.
With the retail and shipping industries, different companies are trying to make changes for creating more-efficient systems. We've seen companies unveiling 'point-and-shoot' apps, designed to help you buy whatever you see. Imagine that you see a pair of shoes that you like but they're on someone's feet, instead of trying to figure out where to buy them you just take a photo and the app narrows your retail search. We talked about this new technology in an earlier blog, Is this the future of shopping?, where we highlighted a few companies exposing this new way of shopping to the mass markets. Slyce is a Canadian company working with this technology, you can demo their app by clicking here.
Another area fostering change is the ever-growing drone market. You've probably been hearing just as much about the advancement of drones as we have. Every month or so there's another news story about a company, somewhere in the world, developing drone technology. The thing that we haven't been hearing too much about lately however, is using drones for delivery purposes. DHL, out of Germany, has been working with this technology and appears to be the first delivery company actually trying to make deliveries happen this way. They released a feel-good story last Fall about their daily deliveries of medicine to a pharmacy on a secluded German island.
This is a great way to use drones, i.e. with the same receiver every time. Whether or not a delivery company would be able to deliver thousands of independent packages every day is a much bigger question. Currently, the potential for thousands of mistakes seems quite high but maybe in the distant future we'll be receiving packages this way.
Another change that's gaining momentum is the large online retailers that are offering same-day delivery. The main players in this arena are Amazon and Google. Amazon can offer this service to customers in big city-centres throughout the U.S. and two cities in Canada (Toronto and Vancouver). Google, with their delivery service Google Express, can guarantee same-day delivery to seven areas in the United States. These companies are expanding into new cities as fast as they can and this strategy is helping them get their new delivery format to the masses.
With items arriving at so many homes and businesses throughout North America on a regular basis, Amazon and Google have recognized that many people see value in receiving their items the same day they order. We couldn't find any recent data but it would be interesting to know whether or not this new delivery method is increasing the number of deliveries in the areas where it's offered. If in fact the deliveries have increased then it also means that retail sales in those areas have increased as well. In a market where some retailers are wondering how to increase revenue, this could be a way to do just that. We'll have to wait to see if the numbers are released to support that idea. .
Porch Pirates!! We've talked about these package-stealers so many times before but they have to be mentioned here. The worst thing happening to online shoppers is theft. It's happening at an alarming rate and from the front steps of homes all over the world. Got-it Box can help!
Change has to be adopted, especially in systems that have been operating in similar ways for many years. Even though some people complain about the current state of the delivery industry they also seem content to continue supporting it. When people are unsure of how to change something themselves they continue with the status quo. They may be slightly unhappy with the way they receive packages today but they've never considered doing it any other way because that's just the way it is. This is pretty common.
When people aren't looking for ways to improve a problem then they're effectively not open to change. This is likely happening to people who don't even realize it. Example: just because you had to drive 45 minutes to pick up a package from a depot doesn't mean you're going to research a way to make that more efficient for you; you just do it because that's what the delivery company expects from you.
The change that we want to set in motion benefits you, the delivery companies and the retailers. It's a positive change that can make deliveries more convenient and efficient for everyone!
Got-it Box is something that many people are looking for, they may not even realize it. We hear this when we talk to people who see a Got-it Box for the first time. Different people from all walks of life have let us know that we have a valuable, beneficial product. Some even say they wish they had thought of it :)
Getting this idea out there has been our focus since day one and it will continue to be our focus on this fun, exciting journey for change in the delivery industry!
So tell you your friends and family members because they might have an on-going delivery problem that you've never heard them talk about. You could offer a solution to the problem that's driving them crazy. Got-it Box already exists, all you have to do is talk about it!
We can't look at the calendar and not think about the fast-approaching holiday season. With that comes online shopping and home deliveries. A quick Google search will show you that online shopping increases over the holidays with a steady incline in sales from year to year. You can also find sales projections for e-commerce; they're projected to keep increasing.
December has always been the shipping industry's busiest month of the year even before online shopping started to boom. The advent of shopping online has caused the shipping industry to grow at an exponential rate. There are a few ways to ship things when shopping online. You can choose to have all gifts shipped to your home so you can wrap and give them to expecting gift-receivers, or you can have the retailer gift-wrap your purchases and arrange for the items to be shipped to their new owners directly. With different options available in the shipping section of your purchase the retailers and shipping companies have to be on their toes. Holidays are very busy and sometimes stressful. Add the potential for these carefully selected gifts to be stolen in the shipping/delivery process and you've got a potentially disappointing situation.
This, of course, makes us think about that on-going problem, Porch Pirates.
Many delivered gifts, left on porches during the holiday season, means very efficient package thefts. You can just consider the holiday season porch pirate season these days.
News programs report thefts and then suggest ways to avoid porch pirates at your home. We're always looking for news-sources that suggest Got-it Box or a parcel box as a new solution to this inevitable problem. Houzz recently posted an article, Special Delivery: Keeping Your Packages Safe, focusing on parcel boxes to guard your packages rather than other options, like asking a neighbour. This is great stuff! We get really excited when we find more sources talking about porch pirates and how to thwart them!
A Today Show segment focused on package theft in 2012, it's not a recent news piece but it's still relevant:
This problem is only going to increase, so why not prevent it at your home? Got-it Box can secure your packages and make deliveries convenient again!
Leaves are falling and the morning air is crisp. October is here and with it comes Halloween!
Since launching Got-it Box six months ago we've been communicating the different ways it can add convenience to your life. Many blog posts and social media updates have been written with this in mind.
Halloween has us thinking: maybe giving out treats is inconvenient for some folks. If you have little ones that you'll be trick-or-treating with then you won't be able to pass out treats at your own home. Some families ask friends and neighbours to help out with the treat-giving on Halloween because they're either out with the kids or their schedules make things difficult. Depending on your neighbourhood, there may be an honour code. Though it's not as common these days, we have been known to see a house or two with a basket of treats on the step, trusting that people will help themselves to just a treat or two.
We had an idea, why not use a Got-it Box to distribute treats to the princesses, zombies and mini NHL players showing up on your step? If you're not going to be home, hang a sign on your Got-it Box with a PIN number. Of course this would fall under the honour code principle mentioned before and we'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not this is something you should do in your neighbourhood. We think the trick-or-treaters would like punching in the number to get their treats! We watch kids open Got-it Boxes at trade shows all the time, they think it's fun and parents love watching them do it.
Don't forget that the Got-it Box lock can be programmed easily so once Halloween is over you can delete the code you were using that night.This way there's no concern with people returning to your Got-it Box the next day (just in case this crossed your mind as a deterrent).
If you're going to be home to meet trick-or-treaters then you won't need to use your Got-it Box for treats.
So, what should you do with your Got-it Box on Halloween night? Dress it up, obviously! Maybe black and orange lights or some type of decoration stuck to the front? We happen to think it's the perfect shape to throw a sheet over and call it a ghost! Got-it Ghost!
One of the scariest things that can happen to you is identity theft. Annoying is another word that comes to mind when thinking about it; besides the potential for people to steal your money, once you're a victim you have to change all of your personal information. It's a reality that more people face now than ever before. We think it can’t happen to us but we really shouldn't be that naive anymore.
According to a Canada Post Security and Investigation Services document, "Two major credit bureaus, Equifax and Trans Union, indicate that they each receive approximately 1,400 to 1,800 Canadian identity theft complaints every month."
Identity theft is the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information, usually for financial gain. There are different ways your identity can be stolen but mail fraud is becoming a more common way for thieves to do it in Canada. Mail fraud is a crime in which the perpetrator develops a scheme using the mail to defraud another of money or property.
Recently, identity theft and mail fraud stories have been making the news in Canada. Since installing community mailboxes in British Columbia, Vancouver has become a hot-spot for both crimes. That’s troubling news considering that Canada Post has just begun rolling out it’s 5-year plan to phase out home delivery and offer only community mailbox delivery to all of Canada.
Community mailboxes are large hubs that collect mail for neighbourhoods in residential locations. Each resident has a key to their section and are then expected to commute to retrieve their mail each day. There are many reasons that Canadians are not happy about Canada Post’s plan to increase community mailboxes to cover 9-million addresses over 5-years but we’ll talk about that in a future blog post. Today, we’ll focus on why community mailboxes are causing stress for residents because they're helping to increase the number of stolen identities reported in Canada.
With community mailboxes popping up in British Columbia the crime rate for mail theft and mailbox destruction has increased. In fact, Langley, B.C. is known as the mail theft capital of Canada. There were more than 250 community mailbox break-ins within 5-months in 2014. One resident has experienced mail-theft three times since Christmas, 2013. When asked about it he had this to say, "The fact it keeps happening means whoever is doing it is doing it quite easily.” He continued with, “I’m frustrated. You can’t trust that your mail is going to be safe. You don’t even know what’s getting stolen. I can’t understand why they would put a mailbox down a dead-end street in the dark."
Some people break into community mailboxes for the thrill of being destructive, not that we think it’s a thrill but it is for some people, apparently. Whereas others do it with a purpose- stealing mail to collect personal information from sensitive documents. These documents can be any type of correspondence from a bank, credit card statements, government issued documents including tax information, social insurance numbers (which are featured on some government material).
Once the thieves get their hands on a few different items with personal and private information they can steal your identity. There are countless horror stories on the internet showcasing identity theft situations. Bank accounts are drained, credit cards are maxed, and expensive items, like vehicles, are financed. In some of these cases the people who had their identities stolen were on the hook for many of the charges because they couldn't prove what had happened. This is a terrifying realty for far-too-many people in Canada. One resident of Langley, B.C. has had a community mailbox for ten years. She's been a victim of mail theft three times and is currently involved in an RCMP investigation because her identity was stolen. There was a credit card account opened in Toronto with her identity, which was then used to the tune of $8,000 in fraudulent charges. When asked about mail theft she said she'd much rather have a mail slot on her door.
Community mailboxes have been called the ‘jackpot’ for mail-thieves. With all the mail for a neighbourhood stored in one area stealing becomes so much easier. It’s not just efficient for mail delivery folks, it’s increasing productivity for the thieves as well. According to victims of mail theft, Canada Post doesn't inform their customers when a community mailbox is broken-into. Instead, it's usually the residents who inform Canada Post.
Canada Post has taken measures to prevent mail theft with their community mailboxes but their efforts seem minimal compared to the theft. Residents are not impressed, "Our feeling is upsetting and unsafe. We feel angered, we don't know what to do," says one Calgary resident who recently found her community mailbox door wide-open twice in one day. Canada Post had said, in this particular situation, that they were not going to notify residents of the incident, "Because all the mail appeared to be intact and there was no apparent vandalism to the box."
A recent poll, in connection with a Global News story, asked, "Are you worried about security at community mailboxes? The results:
We've been thinking about mail security since we came up with the idea for Got-it Box. It’s important for people to feel safe. When people feel violated because their mail delivery system isn’t protecting their personal information it becomes a concern for many citizens. With door-to-door mail delivery it's the responsibility of the citizens to provide a mailbox and then retrieve their mail in a timely fashion. It's less likely for thieves to travel door-to-door to steal mail for fear of being caught by many stay-at-home residents. Community mailboxes are remotely located so as not to disturb properties therefore they’re easy targets for theft in dimly-lit areas with minimal security. A thief’s dream scenario!
A group of postal workers got together and created a pamphlet outlining why they think community mailboxes (referred to as CBMs) are not going to benefit residents. This is just one of the points they outline, but we thought it was an important one to mention:
"CMBs are not as secure as claimed. CMBs are easy to break into, and provide a great "one-stop" location for criminals engaging in mail theft. There have been instances of entire CMB units being stolen. Because of the inconvenience of CMBs, mail is left in CMBs longer than home mailboxes, also providing greater opportunity for theft."
Once a community mailbox is tampered with the mail can be stolen, damaged, or subject to any type of weather. One resident reported that after she notified Canada Post that a community mailbox was hanging open she was told it would be fixed in 2-hours. She then said that just 6-hours after the community mailbox was fixed it was hanging open again.
Mail thieves steal more than letters; we can't have a blog post about mail theft and not mention porch pirates. The holiday season is just around the corner which means that mail delivery and package delivery will definitely increase. Mail thieves and porch pirates know this to be true as well, so stolen mail and packages will also increase, unfortunately.
To stop mail thieves and porch pirates use a Got-it Box. Residents have the option to keep their mail locked up at home, not in an area chosen by the postal service. According to postal workers, residents who have mailboxes at their homes collect mail on a daily basis and those who use community mailboxes collect less often because they find it inconvenient to make the commute. Got-it Box keeps things secure for not only the residents but also the delivery company. Once items are delivered to a Got-it Box they are locked up, on the property, until they are retrieved.
If you'd like to contact Canada Post to talk about community mailboxes and/or your concerns with identity theft, see their contact us page.