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Size matters

We all know this is a hot topic! But really, why would you want a parcel drop box that doesn't meet your needs?

Other mailboxes, package drop boxes and parcel drop boxes may compare to Got-it Box but they don't offer the versatility, flexibility, or utility. How unsatisfying. 

Our competitors offer parcel drop boxes for packages on the smaller side. For some this is because the units themselves are quite small but for others it's because the packages have to move through a series of 'shoots' to land on the bottom. You wouldn't want to get home to find a) your package on the step next to your parcel drop box or b) the package stuck half-way down the parcel drop box 'shoots'. So, why limit the size of your packages?

Got-it Box offers choice where the competition doesn't. You have more options when you don't have to consider whether or not the items you're ordering online will fit in your parcel drop box.

This blog post can't go on without also mentioning the fact that you can have groceries and dry cleaning delivered to your Got-it Box. We've conveniently added a hanging bar because we know that picking up dry cleaning can be a huge pain! So, sign yourself up for dry cleaning delivery and never worry about rushing to the dry cleaners again. 
Groceries too! Online grocery ordering is gaining momentum around North America so stop trying to squeeze weekly grocery trips into your schedule when you can conveniently have your groceries delivered to your Got-it Box. 
Pains be gone, Got-it Box offers the solution! 

           

                                       

 

 

 

 

Got-it Box hits the green for a great cause

Yesterday was a wonderful day! We're happy that we could be involved with the SportChek Pink Cup Charity Classic

The Pink Cup brings people to the golf course to raise money for breast cancer. As the website states, "The SportChek Pink Cup Charity Classic is dedicated to funding Canadian breast cancer research into the detection, prevention, treatment and to ultimately find a cure for the disease that women fear most."  

                                             

From the time we arrived, with our vehicles full of Got-it Boxes and pink decorations, we knew we were in for a fun day! We were greeted by organizers who were busy, happy and decked out in pink! We made our way to the sixth hole and started setting up our Got-it Box tent. When we were finished there was a noticeable difference with our display, a lot of pink! Pink streamers, balloons, ribbon, tablecloth and Got-it Box employees wearing pink. It was nice to change things up a bit and especially since we were participating in this inspiring event. 

                               

We wanted to incorporate a Got-it Box into the fundraiser yesterday so we came up with a fun idea! There were golf balls with 4-digit numbers on them, some would open the Got-it Box and some wouldn't. Anyone who wanted to play (and we think everyone did!) chose their golf balls and tried the PINs in the lock. We had awesome prizes, quite a few winners and some really nice people stopping by! 

                                                  

We're happy to report that our day at the golf course was a success! We left with an empty Got-it Box, which means that we had lots of winners and a bunch of money was raised for a wonderful cause. 

We'd like to thank the organizers for welcoming us to the SportChek Pink Cup Charity Classic and we hope to be back again next year. 

Death of the mall

Are malls dying? A quick Google search provides many articles that make reference to 'the death of the American shopping mall,' so it would appear that that may be the case. 

The author of a recent New Yorker article quickly points out that the increase in people shopping online has been hurting the mall economy. In 2013, internet sales reached six per cent of the total retail spending, which nearly doubles the total from 2007. We've mentioned this in other blog posts and we're not surprised to read it again and again. Online sales are increasing while bricks and mortar retail sales are decreasing. 

Many companies have pivoted to accommodate the change in their economy, which means they're downsizing the stores they have in malls or pulling out all together. Some are focusing their efforts online and others are moving into countries that haven't felt the affect of dying malls, yet. 

Like companies making the decision to pivot, we believe consumers are doing the same. It's very simple to get what you want by quickly ordering it online. Some people will always go to the mall because it's where they like to socialize, people-watch, meet up with friends, exercise (mall-walking!) and shop, of course. But, if strolling through a mall is not your thing, for whatever reason, then you probably prefer shopping online. And, lucky for you, there are more options than ever to get your favourite items delivered! We'll talk about this more in another blog-post. 

The point we're trying to make  is this: the retail landscape is changing, and not just figuratively anymore. Online shopping is growing and growing and growing! And if you're shopping more online you're obviously receiving more packages so keep them secure with a Got-it Box. Make your life easy! 

For now, check out Buzzfeed to see some pretty amazing photos of dead malls in America.

                   

                          Facebook: UrbanExplorationUS / Via architecturalafterlife.com

 

More articles on this topic, if you're interested: 
America's Shopping Malls are Dying A Slow, Ugly Death

The death of the American Mall

The death of the US shopping mall

Give

In a three-part blog post we've been explaining why we like to say, "Buy.Share.Give." and why we think it captures the essence of Got-it Box. 'Give' is the third entry for this blog series. 

Give

Got-it Box is there when you want to contribute to your local community. If you're inclined to donate to charities but find it hard to map out the time...use your Got-it Box! 

It's quite common for school-kids to collect used bottles when fundraising for different events. These bottle drives make donating easier. Rather than giving money you can just set your recyclables aside for the kids to collect and they handle it from there. It's common for bottle drives to take place on Saturday mornings. We've heard that this is a busy time for most people with errands, driving kids to extracurricular activities, travelling, and anything else that needs to be done on the weekend. We get it, it can be difficult to plan around a bottle drive or any other fundraisers and charitable drives in your area. Use your Got-it Box!

Contact the organizers of the fundraiser, explain how to use your Got-it Box, give them a PIN number (primary or one-time use) and tell them the items you're donating will be ready for pick-up! 

This is a handy way to contribute without being inconvenienced! 

So, keep an eye out for bottle, food, and clothing drives along with any other fundraisers in your area! Make an impact in your community and don't worry about your schedule. 

Who else can you give to, using your Got-it Box? 

Don't limit yourself!
One suggestions is to become a Freecycle member. Join a network of over seven million people who like to give and receive things for free. Seven million!! You can definitely use your Got-it Box for this or anything similar. Check out our recent blog post explaining how Got-it Box goes both ways and start thinking how to add more convenience to your life! 

Your Got-it Box can do so much!
Don't forget to keep us in the loop on how you're using your Got-it Box or how you think one can make life easy!  

                                 

Share

In a three-part blog post we're explaining why we like to say, "Buy.Share.Give." and why we think it captures the essence of Got-it Box. 

Share

You can use a Got-it Box to share things!
Share with friends, family, neighbours, coworkers, and really anyone else you can think of.

The idea is that if there's something you want to use but not buy just borrow it. Yah, that's not revolutionary or anything. It's very common these days, in a time when the word green is used more than ever and in a way that makes us want to constantly reduce, reuse and recycle. Many people want to do their part to make things greener. But it's also a much busier world these days. Your schedule may not allow for you to share or borrow as much as you'd like. 

So, what if you had a Got-it Box that you could have things dropped off to when you weren't home. And what about using your Got-it Box to return things to people who don't mind swinging by your home to pick up their stuff. This is just another practical way to use a Got-it Box. 

Have you heard about StreetBank? It's a network in London for just this type of idea! We're sure we'll be seeing more networks like this in the future. 

Anytime you need to make your life more convenient to free up some time, think about whether or not you can incorporate your Got-it Box. Maybe it's something as simple as your neighbour needing to borrow your mixing bowls but you won't be home when he can pick them up. Put them in your Got-it Box, tell him the PIN number and ask him to press FACTO to lock it up again when he's finished. You've done a good dead and he's happy to borrow those mixing bowls. Perfect! 

 

The next blog will feature information about why we say Give with your Got-it Box. Stay tuned! 

 

             

Buy

In a three-part blog post we'll explain why we like to say, "Buy.Share.Give." and why we think it captures the essence of Got-it Box. 

Buy

When we think about what you could use a Got-it Box for, online shopping is the first thing that comes to mind.  
Online Shopping has grown so much over the last decade in North America and it shows no sign of slowing down
It's very convenient to jump online and order what you want to buy. If you're not in a rush to receive an item and you don't mind waiting for it to be delivered then why not buy online? Sometimes going to a store is inconvenient, other times you just don't want to deal with crowds. Some websites even offer online exclusive incentives for shopping at their online store rather than their brick and mortar locations. Sales! Discounts! They want us to shop online. 

Have you heard about Grand & Toy committing to online shopping? Yep, they're closing stores and providing their business exclusively through the Grand & Toy online presence. Is this a glimpse into the future? We shall see, but it's a bold step. And hey, if more businesses follow suit and your online shipping increases, won't you want to keep all those delivered packages secure at your home or office? 

Aside from big business retailers going the way of online exclusivity, there are other websites that have employed this model since their inception: eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Pinterest and the list goes on. 

  • eBay boasts that their sellers have access to "Over 200 million shoppers and $40 billion market."
  • Amazon gives sellers the opportunity to reach millions of customers and sell their goods in "More than 15 categories from books to electronics."
  • Etsy is an excellent example- it gives artists and artisans alike the opportunity to showcase and sell their goods to a wide internet-based audience. For some sellers it may be the only vehicle they have for selling their items and for some consumers, it's their favourite way to find unique items to purchase. 
  • Pinterest has become very popular with over 25 Billion pins to explore. Many of those links take curious browsers to websites where they can purchase the items they're looking at. 

So, whether you're looking for convenience, an online exclusive item or a great sale the internet has what you're looking for. When it comes to ordering online, look for websites that offer special shipping instructions so you can educate the retailers and couriers on how to use your Got-it Box. In some cases, where you know you can find the item you want on more than one website, choose the one that has special shipping instructions. A sentence or two with instructions usually gets the job done, along with your PIN number. You can find our example here!  

The next blog will feature information about why we say Share with your Got-it Box. Stay tuned! 

        

Got-it Box goes both ways

Yes it does!
Got-it Box offers a solution for things to be delivered to your home or office securely and conveniently. You know that already, but did you realize that you can also have things picked up from your Got-it Box?  

Does your local dry cleaner offer a pickup and delivery service? Do not-for-profits collect empty bottles as part of their fundraising efforts in your area? Maybe your friend has been trying to borrow your golf clubs for a week and keeps missing you, "because you're never home!" When it comes to making your life more convenient, Got-it Box can help. 

Got-it Box offers something the competition doesn't- a parcel drop box that allows visitors to gain access to pick something up along with dropping things off. It really does go both ways! 
We've heard success stories from Calgary, Alberta about Spud grocery deliveries as well as Tower Cleaners pickup and deliveries for dry cleaning! Yay, Got-it Box!

It's simple too. When you're scheduling a dry cleaning pickup/delivery, include a sentence or two about your Got-it Box to educate the company on how it works along with your PIN number. Whether or not you want to set a one-time use PIN number for this is up to you (see our FAQ). Maybe you have a great relationship with your local dry cleaners and wouldn't mind them having a code that they can use every time. Your choice. 

Using your Got-it Box for pickups as well as deliveries is one of the reasons Got-it Box stands out when it comes to mailboxes, package drop boxes and parcel drop boxes. It offers ultimate utility and versatility. 

 

                         

           

 

We're all working toward the same end goal!

Let's work together!
What is the end goal?  Successful deliveries and happy customers! 

Seeing the dreaded failed delivery notice on your front door after a long day can be frustrating. We've heard some people say that they've actually begged delivery companies to leave packages by their door but to no avail. Others have told us that they've had packages stolen from their front step and some find it very inconvenient to get to the depot to pick up undelivered mail. We know that consumers are looking for a solution. 
Here's one person's attempt at communicating with a delivery company: 

 

Online retailers want you to successfully receive your packages. Any inconvenience you experience can affect whether or not you purchase from them again. They have no control over the last step of your order, which is delivery. Once they send your package their hands are tied. But if you're unhappy with your experience because of a delivery issue it could make you think twice before ordering with them again. 

Let's talk about courier companies- they want you to be satisfied with their delivery services and they're taking steps to enhance that experience for you, which is encouraging to see. Fedex has initiated their Fedex Signature Release Program, which allows their couriers to deliver packages without retrieving a signature once you've given them permission to do so. UPS provides an InfoNotice where you can indicate whether or not you'd like the delivery person to leave your package or take it to a depot. CanadaPost will do a SafeDrop; this is when the delivery person decides whether or not they should leave the package. They then leave a notice telling where the item is on your property or if they've delivered it to a depot. Purolater has a similar program in place to Fedex's, the Signature Not Required/Origin Signature Not Required section of their website offers a few options. We couldn't find any official information on whether or not DHL and the USPS offer similar programs, but they both take their signature programs very seriously and offer options to ensure secure delivery for the intended receiver of the packages. We'll keep an eye out for if/when they implement programs similar to their competitors'. 

Courier companies want to deliver your packages as efficiently as possible. As we can see from the examples above they are making efforts to ensure their deliveries are successful. But despite their best efforts they can't offer guaranteed first time deliveries. That is, they can't as long as they don't support or embrace Got-it Box. 

If courier companies learn about Got-it Box, support our efforts and accept Got-it Box PIN numbers as proof of signature then they can start guaranteeing first time deliveries. This will reduce those pains associated with the last mile challenges that courier companies experience. They'll no longer hear from distraught customers who are missing delivered packages. The costs associated with returning to residential areas for second and third delivery attempts will be eliminated. And, customers will be very happy that courier companies are encouraging their employees to use Got-it Boxes when asked. It's a win-win for everyone involved!

  • Retailers can support Got-it Box and Got-it Box owners by adding a special shipping instruction tab on the checkout section of their websites. 
  • Courier companies can support Got-it Box and Got-it Box owners by following the instructions provided for accessing and locking the Got-it Boxes they encounter. 
  • And Got-it Box owners can thank the retailers and couriers for making their package deliveries as convenient as possible! Social media! 

Everybody wins! 

Let's get the word out- share this post with your preferred courier companies and retailers via social media or email. 

Please contact Got-it Box if you like what you've read and especially if you have any questions to followup.

YouTube'in it!

 A couple of blog posts ago we talked about building the Got-it Box social media presence. We knew at that point that we'd be adding Youtube to the mix but we weren't quite sure when. It turns out that today is the day! 

We are often asked how Got-it Box works. It's a simple concept, which we're happy about, but we think the best way to get an idea across is visually. So, we put together a short animation to help educate the marketplace. 

When it's so common for packages and parcels to be left on doorsteps these days, it's very easy for things to get damaged. And we can't forget to mention the issue that is porch pirates! We think we got the message across in our first animation and we're pretty excited to get it out there. 

So, now that the Youtube page is up and running, check it out and share it around:

With summer comes outdoor events!

Well, we did it. We had our first Got-it Box event!

We took our promo-tent, a couple of Got-it Boxes and a pile of giveaways down to Stephen Ave.Walk in Calgary. 
Being that it was our first event we were excited and a little nervous. We really had no idea what to expect: Would people like Got-it Box? Would they 'get it'? Would our tent draw the attention we were hoping for? So Many Questions! 

We're happy to report that it was a success! We were very satisfied leaving Stephen Ave. after 5-hours of talking to curious passers-by. We heard things like, "Ok I"ll bite, tell me about this thing," and "WHAT is a Got-it Box?" There were also some folks who just stood by us and stared at the GIBs, eventually deciding to either ask questions or move on.

The reactions and comments we heard were positive and encouraging! Mostly, we spoke to people who thought Got-it Box was a great idea. There were a few "aha" moments where people said they would love to have something like this because they have a few inconveniences that Got-it Box would cure.

If you're in the Calgary area, we'll be back at Stephen Ave. Walk on June 19th and 20th.
For a list of upcoming events where you can visit the Got-it Box tent click here.

Come check us out!