Amazon makes their own version of the P.O Box

Amazon now it wants to play an even more involved role in how packages are delivered. The company’s latest product, called Hub, is designed to act like a mailbox–not just for Amazon mail, but for any packages or deliveries. While it does not have AI-powered capabilities and it is not a large acquisition, it is a look at where Amazon is headed.

Hub is targeted primarily at residential building owners, and it promises that all packages from any sender will be stored safely and securely. Instead of having packages left at your door, in your lobby, or with a concierge desk, they’re placed within Hub, which has differently sized compartments designed to accommodate most packages. To access your package, you simply enter an access code and one of Hub’s doors will pop open.

Hub aims to fix one of the few areas of package delivery that Amazon doesn’t yet control: the final step between delivery and your actual home. It provides a convenient solution for packages getting delayed because of building hours, lost packages, or theft.

Why it’s hot:

  • One more step to Amazon take-over of all consumer retail interactions – you do not even have to shop on Amazon to interact with them now
  • Might have special implications for Amazon Prime subscribers
  • Whole Foods implications – could make grocery delivery even more appealing – helping food stay fresh

Source: Fast Company

Changing The Way You Sh(y)p

Shyp is a San Francisco based start-up that wants to change the way that we currently ship goods. Customers using the Shyp service simply take a picture of what they need to ship using a mobile application and a driver comes to pick it up. The service then boxes and determines the most cost-effective shipping method for your package(s). Shyp also assures that its packaging is top-notch by offering a $1,000 guarantee. Even if the shipping company is responsible for any damage, Shyp will write you a check for the price of the item and refund the shipping cost within 48 hours.

Why It’s Hot:

Originally conceived for consumers to send packages, businesses have been very interested in the service. Wasting time on packing and shipping takes a great deal of time that could be better used for handling day-to-day business functions. This is especially true for small businesses that operate with small teams and slim budgets. The service is able to profit by locating the most affordable carrier that meets its requirements and pays lower wholesale rates. Shyp plans to continue expanding the area it covers in San Francisco and New York and is expected to launch in Miami by December.