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


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kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

28 Apr 2015 12:42
Thanks Tim, I really appreciate it.

Swede, I'll bear that in mind for when we're rolling out in that area.
toof_ake
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1135 posts since 23/8/09

28 Apr 2015 12:49
kushty wrote: Do any of you have any contacts or suggestions for signing up collection points e.g. convenience store networks, petrol stations etc.

I think you should have had this kind of wrapped up before you even started; if you're asking questions like this, at this stage, you're going to struggled
j600.com
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3036 posts since 23/6/04

posted 28 Apr 2015 13:02, edited 28 Apr 2015 13:02
It is going to be tough to get this off the ground as lots are trying to get into this space (and with very similar concepts).

You need to get in with someone that has the branch network really (like an argos) otherwise customers simply won't use it as there will never be a drop-off point nearby (going the independant route you'd need 10,000's retailers on board which realistically isn't going to happen - not without significant investment at least).

There are others who's USP is tapping into the rail network and doing it from train/tube station pick ups (doddle.it etc) and even then coverage isn't great - i think my nearest collection point was 150 miles away.

Also if I was you'd I'd change your website before you approach these larger retailers, as at present some elements will go against you (such as showing the 4 small retailers on the map). You need it more guarded until you have a bigger user base.

You also need a USP/different angle, at the moment the headline: "NearCollect lets you have your parcels delivered to a local shop, to collect when it’s convenient for you." basically just says we do exactly the same as Collectplus - at which point people will leave. You need to shout about why you are different.

You've got my details if you want to email/call me for any guidance (got a bit of experience on this which I can share).

kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

28 Apr 2015 15:31
toof_ake wrote:
kushty wrote: Do any of you have any contacts or suggestions for signing up collection points e.g. convenience store networks, petrol stations etc.

I think you should have had this kind of wrapped up before you even started; if you're asking questions like this, at this stage, you're going to struggled

The point of our initial launch was to test the market on a small scale. The biggest reason for failure of startups is scaling early. Now that we've tested it, we're ready to start scaling.


j600.com wrote: It is going to be tough to get this off the ground as lots are trying to get into this space (and with very similar concepts).

You need to get in with someone that has the branch network really (like an argos) otherwise customers simply won't use it as there will never be a drop-off point nearby (going the independant route you'd need 10,000's retailers on board which realistically isn't going to happen - not without significant investment at least).

There are others who's USP is tapping into the rail network and doing it from train/tube station pick ups (doddle.it etc) and even then coverage isn't great - i think my nearest collection point was 150 miles away.

Also if I was you'd I'd change your website before you approach these larger retailers, as at present some elements will go against you (such as showing the 4 small retailers on the map). You need it more guarded until you have a bigger user base.

You also need a USP/different angle, at the moment the headline: "NearCollect lets you have your parcels delivered to a local shop, to collect when it’s convenient for you." basically just says we do exactly the same as Collectplus - at which point people will leave. You need to shout about why you are different.

You've got my details if you want to email/call me for any guidance (got a bit of experience on this which I can share).

Thanks for the useful feedback. I'll catch up with you by email but respond here as well in case any of fuk have anything to say.

I agree I need someone with the branch network. That is my key next target. In terms of retailers, I can integrate with them one by one as I scale. Collect+ are only integrated with 32 and they do alright.

Doddle.it have huge capital costs associated with each shop they have. We have virtually none, shops can receive packages just with paper or with their smartphone/PC. So our model is scaleable.

The service we have now was a proof of concept. I think you may be right that I should hide it somehow, as I attempt to sign up the collection point networks and the retailers.

The point of NearCollect as we're running now is that we can receive a package from anyone. The customers we have have used us because Collect+ isn't an option. See my (not so) pretty picture below of how we're different.

j600.com
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3036 posts since 23/6/04

28 Apr 2015 15:49
Thanks for the clarification, I think I can put you in touch with a few people to help propel it - help a fellow fuk'er and all that Smiling
figurine
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28 Apr 2015 15:54
Ubercool
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

28 Apr 2015 16:02
Thanks! Jimmy Hill
m15try
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1217 posts since 18/8/09

28 Apr 2015 16:09
fuk at its best in here
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

28 Apr 2015 19:50
Cool
quest
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posted 28 Apr 2015 20:39, edited 28 Apr 2015 20:39
Cool I'd use the service where I am now tbh
Bennelli
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28 Apr 2015 21:04
m15try wrote: fuk at its best in here
FrIEND
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28 Apr 2015 21:13
On a similar theme….

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/23/amazon-deliver-parcels-directly-to-car-boots-audi

No good for us porsche drivers on here though Sad
kushty
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365 posts since 2/7/09

9 May 2015 16:56
Guys, which logo do you think looks better?

Burt
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9 May 2015 17:05
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hejus
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9 May 2015 17:06
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CovOne
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posted 9 May 2015 17:06, edited 9 May 2015 17:06
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Which word do you want people to look at first?, cos for me the black text takes my eye first.
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9 May 2015 17:14
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9 May 2015 17:22
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illwill
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posted 9 May 2015 17:22, edited 9 May 2015 17:22
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You want the emphasis to be on "Near" imo.

That's your USP.
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9 May 2015 17:22
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