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Google shutters Canadian startup BufferBox

- February 21st, 2014

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Package delivery solution BufferBox has announced it’s packing it in.

The storage locker service — designed to make receiving online orders less frustrating — was founded in 2011 by a clever group of U Waterloo students.  It was swallowed up by Google the following year – reportedly for tens of millions.

If you’re unfamiliar, here’s how BufferBox worked:

The service was free for residents of Toronto, Waterloo, Ont.,  and San Francisco as the company tried to establish a customer base.  In the U.S., Amazon has launched a similar  locker service.

BufferBox was a smart solution that had the potential to save a lot of people a lot of grief. After all, getting something delivered can quickly turn into a huge headache and time commitment. (Don’t get me started.) My partner used BufferBox a lot, liked it,  and says he would have paid for the service.

The good news is that while BufferBox is shutting down, there seems to be hope for new online shopping solutions in the future.

According to its blog, the team is rolling its expertise into Google’s other efforts, including the Shopping Express delivery service, which is currently available in the San Francisco Bay area only.

No word on when and if any upcoming Google shopping services are expanding to Canada. Perhaps another player in the locker racket will step up?

Bufferbox’s warehouse will receive packages up until the end of March. You’ll be able to pick up your stuff from a BufferBox locker until April 21.

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1 comment

  1. Will | February 22, 2014 at 1:19 am

    And this is what happens when we let US (and other international) companies take over Canadian companies. Eventually they’ll just close the office and bring the technology back to head office in the USA or whatever country they’re from.

    Sure, the company’s founders probably got a good deal for selling out, but another great Canadian idea goes south – in this case literally.

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