East Village Startup Village Doorman Launches

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

After today, missing a parcel delivery from UPS or FedEx might not elicit the usual cringe-like responses from customers. Two enterprising neighborhood residents just launched a clever new startup called Village Doorman that aims to alleviate those totally inconvenient treks to the west side hubs to retrieve missed mail.  For the moment, the enterprise is relegated to downtown locales.

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From the inbox:

Longtime East Village residents JR Yujuico and Adham Zaki came up with a simple solution. Village Doorman, launched this month in Manhattan, lets you send your mail to partner stores in your neighborhood. When the package is delivered to the location, you receive email, text and voice notifications that your package is ready for pickup.

“We built Village Doorman because we experienced this problem ourselves on countless occasions. So much time is wasted waiting for and running after delivery guys. With our service, you can pick up your mail at your convenience and it only costs $4 per package,” says JR Yujuico, Village Doorman’s co-founder.

On VillageDoorman.com, each customer receives a unique identification number associated with the package. When shopping online, customers input this ID number along with the address of the Village Doorman partner store where they want their package shipped. When the mail arrives at the location, the customer is alerted immediately and can pick up the packages at his convenience.

There are currently seventeen merchant locations around the Lower East Side.  Full price table below:

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Would you pay these convenience premiums to avoid the hassles?

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