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New Self-Serve Parcel Delivery Service to Launch in GO Transit Stations
It's called BufferBox and it's a local startup trying to change how online shoppers receive their purchases

Image courtesy of BufferBox

Today, BufferBox, a Kitchener and Waterloo-based startup, announced that it is launching a new parcel delivery service through a partnership with Metrolinxthe province’s transportation agency. The partnership will allow customers of the company to pick up their online purchases at a BufferBox located in one of their local GO Transit station.    

BufferBox is a self-serve parcel pickup service. Using the service, users can order a product from any online retailer they’re already familiar with. However, instead sending their order to their home, BufferBox’s customers can send their order to one of the company’s parcel pickup station. Once the parcel has arrived at a BufferBox, which doubles as a kind of temporary storage locker, users are sent an email notification with a unique pin that ensures only they can open the locker compartment with their package in it. According to Mike McCauley, co-founder of BufferBox, the startup’s product “offers people shopping online peace of mind that their parcel is secure and available for anytime pick-up.”

As of today, the BufferBox is available at five GO Transit stations, including Union Station, Clarkson, Burlington, Oakville, and Port Credit. In the coming months, the startup plans to add additional pickup stations throughout the province – the goal is to have one-hundred stations operational by the end of 2013.  

Those interested in trying out BufferBox can do so for free until the end of 2012. The company’s full release can be seen on their website

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Igor Bonifacic is a writer working for the Toronto Standard. You can follow him on twitter at @igorbonifacic

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