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SXSW 2018: Austin Startup Dropoff Is More Than A Courier

dropoff-sxsw-top SXSW 2018: Austin Startup Dropoff Is More Than A CourierDropoff Is Fixing To Become The Uber Of Same Day Delivery

Same day delivery and courier services have actually been around for decades. New York city is known for it’s couriers on bicycles darting through the busy streets to get legal briefs, contracts and other critical paperwork back and forth between the corporate giants that call Manhattan home. Traditional van/car based courier services can be found in just about every city in the country and many of them have been around so long that they still advertise in the yellow pages (I know some of you are like “what’s a yellow pages”).

With over one million ride-share drivers across the country it’s time for a significant change in the way packages and other things are delivered with same day delivery. Ride-share giant Uber tried their luck at same day delivery with a service called Rush but it’s faltered in major cities like San Francisco, New York and Chicago.

An Austin startup called Dropoff has been able to develop a platform for same day delivery that rivals Uber’s Rush service and runs circles around traditional courier services. Unlike traditional courier services that were pretty much designed for paperwork, Dropoff is able to deliver just about anything except people. They have relationships with local giant Whole Foods and Susie Cakes where their drivers, which are called contractors, pickup and deliver food and cakes and even in some cases set them up.

The company is also in the process of starting to deliver medical supplies and medications.  They currently serve the retail, healthcare, food & grocery, business services and commercial & industrial industries. Whether it’s important paperwork or a specialized battery for a tool, b2b customers can count on Dropoff.

The company serves several metro areas already and continues to add more, including; Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Orange County, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose and Tampa.

Dropoff seems to function with the flexibility of ride-share but all of the drivers are contractors for Dropoff and go through rigorous training giving your important packages an added layer of safety, security and privacy.

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