In a recent article for TechCrunch, Megan Rose Dickey (@meganrosedickey) discusses a partnership that will make getting tech supplies a lot easier. DoorDash, known for its on-demand food delivery service, and newly launched retail store b8ta have teamed up to provide on-demand gadget delivery.
B8ta opened early December in Palo Alto to sell trendy tech gadgets and offer hands-on experiences for customers before they make purchases. They sell gadgets such as the Gi Flybike -- a folding electric bicycle, and Thync -- a wearable for boosting energy.
Vibhu Norby from b8ta CWo said,
“b8ta is all about user experience -- and what could help improve the holiday shopping experience for b8ta visitors? Not having to carry, load, and unload heavy shopping bags from store to home. We thought it would add to the experience of shopping at b8ta if local visitors could get their technology gifts delivered after trying them in-person.”
This marks the first time DoorDash has partnered to deliver consumer tech products, but it isn’t the first time DoorDash has attempted to branch out of just food delivery. In September, for instance, they partnered with 7-Eleven to deliver items from the store to customers.
A DoorDash spokesperson told TechCrunch,
“While our focus is still on restaurant delivery, we regularly test partnerships with retailers and other local merchants outside of the food space, both on a national level and on a market by market basis.”
Co-founder and CPO Stanley Tang also told TechCrunch last year,
“We don’t consider ourselves a food-delivery company, but a tech and logistics company that just happens to deal in food. We’re building out the technology and infrastructure to become a super reliant and efficient delivery network.”
b8ta’s holiday gift delivery via DoorDash will have a flat fee of $5.99, and in order to take advantage of the delivery you will have to sign up with DoorDash. Only time will tell the success of this partnership and we can’t wait to see!
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