SPECIAL DELIVERY

Companies offer Amazon alternatives with new delivery services 

Between drone delivery and marijuana subscription boxes, package deliveries have gotten far more interesting in recent months. The latest series of services are out to compete with Amazon’s many offerings as the ecommerce behemoth continues to expand.

LUXER ONE

For consumers frustrated with the long lines often associated with package pickup, package management solutions company Luxer One is minimizing the hassle of the process with its new retail lockers, which were recently unveiled at Shop.org. After placing an order online, customers receive an email with a QR code inside. The email directs them to the order pick-up lockers at the front of the store rather than waiting in line at the service desk. When the customer arrives, they scan their QR code at the locker screen and the door opens automatically, revealing their order inside.

PARCEL

Walmart recently acquired Brooklyn-based Parcel, a technology based, same-day and last-mile delivery company specializing in perishable and non-perishable delivery to customers in New York City. The acquisition was small but key to Walmart’s new express delivery service. The logistics startup has compiled a database of every New York City building it has delivered to, including photos and detailed information on service entrances. It also provides services like scheduled evening delivery and custom text message notifications for high-growth e-commerce companies looking to differentiate their customer experience.

TARGET

Target is launching a new pilot called Target Restock that’s available to the brand’s REDcard holders throughout the Twin Cities in a move to make stocking up on household essentials easier—and likely to compete with Amazon Prime Pantry (the company has already nabbed one-fifth of the U.S. grocery ecommerce market). With the program, Minneapolis-area guests can go online, fill up a box with their go-to essentials and have them delivered to their homes by the next business day for a flat fee of just $4.99 per box, eliminated the need to shop in-person for the household items they order the most.