Holiday shopping online is quick, easy, convenient, and fun!
With online shopping increasing across the board, the internet has become a great place to find deals! In many situations you can find things cheaper online than in bricks and mortar locations. Especially on Cyber Monday!
People wait all year for this weekend- it’s bookended by Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Why wouldn't you want to get your holiday gifts purchased at a fraction of the price?
If you’re expecting all those goodies to be delivered 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 is often reported, online shopping is a great way to watch your dollars when shopping for 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.
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 originating 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 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 online? 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 even more benefits to shopping online. 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. 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 the 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!
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 without thinking 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.
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.
When shopping online, you can choose to have all gifts shipped to your home, or you can have the retailer gift-wrap your purchases and arrange for the items to be shipped directly to the receiver. With different shipping options available, the retailers and shipping companies have to stay on their toes. Holidays are very busy and sometimes stressful; when you add in the potential for these carefully selected gifts to be stolen in the shipping/delivery stage of the process you may have a disappointing situation waiting to happen.
This makes us think about the ever-growing Porch Pirate problem.
Many delivered gifts, left on porches during the holiday season, contributes to very efficient package thefts. You could label the holiday season 'porch pirate season' these days.
News reporters often feature shipping thefts in their broadcasts and then followup with suggested ways to avoid porch pirates at your home. We're always looking for these 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! The more people talking about thwarting porch pirates, the better!
This problem is only going to increase, so why not prevent it at your home?
Got-it Box will secure your packages and make deliveries convenient again!