That’s it, people, we’ve come full circle with ecommerce. Having everything delivered to our door used to be this tremendous convenience – why go anywhere to shop when someone could show up at home with anything we wished for? But as we gradually move more and more of our purchases online, actually being at home to receive everything gets less and less realistic.
We have jobs, social obligations, and other things that make it tough for us to be there to greet the delivery person. So if you can’t be there to receive your parcel, Singapore-based ecommerce logistics startup NinjaVan will let you pick it up yourself, like the old days.
Well, not exactly.
NinjaVan today announced Ninja Collect, an extension of its last-mile ecommerce delivery service for Singapore. The idea is, Ninja Van leaves your order at a drop-off point that’s close to your location, and you go and pick it up at your leisure. The drop-off points are available across the city-state and can either be secure lockers, called Ninja Boxes, or partner retail stores, called Ninja Points.
The startup provides an easy-to-use tool that allows users to find the closest Ninja Box or Point to their location, and use that as a delivery address in their online shopping. Users receive a personal verification code, with which they can get their item. Of course, this is only possible for eshops and marketplaces that use NinjaVan for their delivery needs. An additional restriction is that the dimensions of the parcel in question cannot exceed 80 cm.
“Young Singaporeans nowadays live very busy lives,” says NinjaVan CEO, Lai Chang Weng, in a statement. “They work, hang out with friends & family, play sports, etc. There’s no time to waste during the day. I understand the frustrations of having to put aside a few hours on any given day just to wait for my ecommerce purchase, which is why I felt the need to expand our range of services to include Ninja Collect.”
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