Now we have ShopRunner, a third-party program that is all about getting your e-purchases delivered cheap, fast and safe with PickupPoints.
To prove the need, ShopRunner commissioned a study and found that 75% of Americans are concerned about having packages delivered to their homes.
52% said theft
45% worried about missing the delivery because they weren’t home
43% worried about damage due to weather (and given the recent hurricane and snow storms, they have good reason to be concerned!)
When you factor in the notion that a huge portion of yearly sales occur during the holiday (aka winter) season, you can see why alternative delivery options are so important.
ShopRunner says that 52% of shoppers would increase their online spending if they had a secure, weather-controlled place for delivery. That’s why they added PickupPoints to their service.
With PickupPoints, shoppers buy from a list of well-known, partner retailers and their package is delivered to an alternate location. In this case we’re talking Toys “R” Us or a 7-Eleven.
I don’t think I’d care to battle through the parking lot and lines at the Toys “R” Us to pick up my Drugstore.com order but 7-Eleven is a real winner. Despite their name, many 7-Eleven stores are open 24-hours and they’re designed for quick turnarounds. Stopping by to get a soda or coffee in the morning, grab your delivery from Calvin Klein while you’re there and go!
Currently, the option is only available in Philadelphia but it should be a big hit. And it’s a win-win for everyone. Having a safe delivery option should increase sales for the online retailer and the pick-up point will likely sell a few items to the shopper as well.
So where do we go from here? Is there any way we can make online shopping even more convenient and stress-free? I’d love to hear your thoughts.