General Discussion: I've launched a fashion related startup and I need Fuk's help!


kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

2 Dec 2014 21:28
I've just launched my startup, NearCollect, and I need your help please. It's fashion related as it aims to solve the problem of missed parcel deliveries. Obviously, a large portion of Fukers' packages are fashion packages!

I have a trial store and I really need some customers! Do any of you live in Old Street (where the store is), or know someone who does? Please try it or let them know if you do!

Any feedback on the site and idea is welcome as well.

http://nearcollect.com

Thanks! Smiling
jwool
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2684 posts since 16/2/10

2 Dec 2014 21:49
Good luck and everything but isn't this exactly what https://www.collectplus.co.uk already does?

Looks like they have a shop offering it pretty much next to yours as well?
mtthrvy2
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1856 posts since 8/11/10

2 Dec 2014 21:50
sorry for being a divv but how does this work? you book a delivery, and then what? You buy something online and tell it to be delivered there?
generic_guy
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9218 posts since 16/9/02

2 Dec 2014 21:52
Don't mean to be harsh but most people just get things delivered to work don't they?
I'm struggling to see what you have that would make someone choose you over Collect Plus, which already has a huge number of stores signed up.
Mr.X.
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2825 posts since 23/6/13

posted 2 Dec 2014 22:07, edited 2 Dec 2014 22:07
Everyone uses CollectPlus these days. Everything I sell on eBay I send CP so easy to drop off at your local shop/petrol station etc…. Royal Mail are wankers.
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

2 Dec 2014 22:09
mtthrvy2 wrote: sorry for being a divv but how does this work? you book a delivery, and then what? You buy something online and tell it to be delivered there?
When ordering something from a website (e.g. www.theproteinworks.com), you book a delivery with NearCollect and put that store's address in at www.theproteinworks.com as your delivery address. Collect+ only work with 32 retailers so Collect+ simply isn't an option for a lot of orders.

jwool wrote: Good luck and everything but isn't this exactly what https://www.collectplus.co.uk already does?

Looks like they have a shop offering it pretty much next to yours as well?
generic_guy wrote: Don't mean to be harsh but most people just get things delivered to work don't they?
I'm struggling to see what you have that would make someone choose you over Collect Plus, which already has a huge number of stores signed up.

I welcome constructive criticism!

People who get things delivered to work probably wouldn't use NearCollect. But not everyone can do that. There are 1 billion parcels delivered in the UK annually, so we only need to satisfy a segment of that. Also, sometimes you might not want something delivered to work e.g. protein above (box is normally branded)

Collect+ only work with 32 retailers. We can receive parcels from any retailer. So we're not taking their business, we're picking up another part of the market.

We're able to operate at a lower cost than Collect+ because we don't have to provide bespoke hardware to stores for them to use our service. All a store needs is an internet enabled device. Long term, we'll be able to have more stores because there's no fixed cost per store i.e. Collect+ only want one store per half mile, we could have 10 and if they did no business it wouldn't cost us.
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

2 Dec 2014 22:11
Mr.X. wrote: Everyone uses CollectPlus these days. Everything I sell on eBay I send CP so easy to drop off at your local shop/petrol station etc…. Royal Mail are wankers.

We are a collections only service. Collect+ only work with 32 retailers for collections. We can accept packages from anyone (within t&cs i.e. no bombs!).
Mr.X.
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2825 posts since 23/6/13

2 Dec 2014 22:15
What kind of person will use a collections only service?!
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

2 Dec 2014 22:17
People who only buy stuff online and don't sell. I used collections only for over a year before I posted anything.
Mr.X.
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2825 posts since 23/6/13

posted 2 Dec 2014 22:21, edited 2 Dec 2014 22:21
i buy stuff online all the time but I'm not gonna get off my arse to collect it when there's people that are out there delivering to your door for free/peanuts.
Mr.X.
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2825 posts since 23/6/13

posted 2 Dec 2014 22:21, edited 2 Dec 2014 22:21
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Olismallz
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872 posts since 7/2/12

2 Dec 2014 22:22
so i can get my silk roads packs sent to you?
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

2 Dec 2014 22:27
loool. to be fair if there was a place next to my house that i could get it delivered to id use it. got four parcels lost in transit at the minute as no ones in to collect them and no one can find my flat. dont live near old street though.
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

2 Dec 2014 22:29
Mr.X. wrote: i buy stuff online all the time but I'm not gonna get off my arse to collect it when there's people that are out there delivering to your door for free/peanuts.
It is for people who aren't in to collect parcels in the day and don't have other options, such as having it delivered to work. Collect+ only support 32 retailers so don't cover the whole market.

Olismallz wrote: so i can get my silk roads packs sent to you?
It's in our T&Cs that you can't transport illegal goods. You also have to show ID to pick it up. It's physically possible for you to do it, but we don't allow it and I don't think there'd be any less risk for you than having it delivered to your house.
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

2 Dec 2014 22:30
collizhun wrote: loool. to be fair if there was a place next to my house that i could get it delivered to id use it. got four parcels lost in transit at the minute as no ones in to collect them and no one can find my flat. dont live near old street though.

Thanks! That's exactly the problem we're trying to solve!
diederik
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3179 posts since 16/8/11

2 Dec 2014 22:39
Need to sort out the liability/insurance though - it's only insured up to 50 quid. Basically if the store loses my packages, I'm fucked.
DuffMan
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14255 posts since 21/2/07

2 Dec 2014 23:56
I live near old street, I'll try it with something small in the next week or so
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

3 Dec 2014 07:32
diederik wrote: Need to sort out the liability/insurance though - it's only insured up to 50 quid. Basically if the store loses my packages, I'm fucked.
Thanks. The industry standard is only £25 but if a lot of people give feedback like yours I'll need to increase it.

DuffMan wrote: I live near old street, I'll try it with something small in the next week or so
Great, thanks! Let me know if you have any questions or issues.
sciphiyem
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499 posts since 7/9/11

3 Dec 2014 08:55
Interesting idea…seems different enough from collect+. best of luck. I'd def try it out if there were one in my neighbourhood
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

3 Dec 2014 09:02
Thanks!