Delivery failure is not an option.
That’s the motto on the Web site of BufferBox.com, a Waterloo, Ont.-based startup founded by a team of University of Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering grads fed up with missing parcel deliveries.
“Missed deliveries are a royal pain,” says Aditya Bali who started BufferBox with friends Mike McCauley and Jay Shah as part of a fourth year engineering design projects after deciding they have missed enough parcel deliveries and wanted to fix the problem once and for all.
Like many other students in residence, the trio are frequent online shoppers for a wide variety of things such as textbooks, robot components and snuggies. But due to class schedules, they often missed the delivery of the stuff they ordered. It didn’t help that depots for FedEx, UPS and DHL were far from campus.
Their solution was a self-serve kiosk that allows for 24/7 pickup at a convenient location. Since the installation of the 14″x14″x28″ boxes at the U of W Student Life Centre basement atrium in the Fall of this year, BufferBox has facilitated hundreds of successful parcel deliveries.
“in the near future, we intend to open up more kiosks in other universities and perhaps high density residential and office buildings,” says Bali.
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