ShopRunner Announces Acquisition of PickupZone

Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:45am EDT

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ShopRunner Announces Acquisition of PickupZone

Acquisition to Increase Addressable Online Market, Give Consumers Control of Where Packages are Delivered and Drive Store Traffic for Partner Retailers

ShopRunner, a members-only online shopping program that offers exclusive benefits, including free 2-day shipping and free returns, today announced the acquisition of Boston-based PickupZone. PickupZone operates a network of pick-up locations that offers customers the ability to shop anywhere online and get their packages when and where they want. Working across multiple retailers, PickupZone is the forerunner in making urban package pick-up easy, secure, and convenient.

As part of the acquisition, ShopRunner will soon launch PickupPoints, a convenient nationwide network of retail store locations where consumers can chose to pick up packages that have been ordered online. With PickupPoints, ShopRunner partner retailers will have an additional weapon to fuel incremental online sales and decrease cart abandonment, as online shoppers will now have the option to pick up orders at a location and time that is most convenient for them. Store pick-up is popular for the select retailers with this option; about half of online orders are typically picked up by customers at that retailer’s stores.

PickupPoints helps retailers expand the online addressable market by tackling the many problems of home delivery for shoppers including those that live in multi-tenant buildings, have faced package theft from their front door, are not home to sign for high value packages, or simply desire the privacy to hide gifts. These consumers will now have the alternative of having online purchases shipped to the most conveniently located PickupPoints location.

PickupPoints is the latest ShopRunner product development initiative and leverages ShopRunner’s fast growing membership base and close partnerships with retailers, who jointly have the potential to offer more than 30,000 PickupPoints retail locations nationwide.

“ShopRunner is the ideal organization to expand and best leverage the PickupZone concept given its built-in network of retail partners with existing online integrations and convenient footprints to serve as pick-up locations for packages,” said Bill Jacobson, Co-Founder of PickupZone. “Based on the success and feedback we have seen regionally with PickupZone, ShopRunner partners and members will both derive tremendous benefit with PickupPoints.”

“By acquiring PickupZone we are providing another competitive advantage to our partner retailers, who can now reach market segments that were not ordering online or ordering online with less frequency because there was not a viable solution in the marketplace,” said Mike Golden, CEO of ShopRunner. “At the same time, we are eliminating another shopping barrier by enhancing the benefits for ShopRunner members who will now have more choices as to when and where they would like to pick up their items. Our ShopRunner retailers are also excited about the additional foot traffic to their brick and mortar locations that PickupPoints will deliver.”

PickupZone is ShopRunner’s latest acquisition, and follows the recent purchase of ShopSanity, an innovative service that helps keep consumers organized by tracking orders and aggregating receipts across retailers. To learn more about ShopRunner, please visit www.shoprunner.com.

About ShopRunner

ShopRunner is a members-only online shopping service that offers time-starved consumers unlimited, free two-day shipping with no minimum order size, and free shipping on returns across a wide selection of today’s most popular retailers. ShopRunner members also receive access to exclusive deals that can be combined with fast, free shipping. ShopRunner’s growing retail network includes relationships with America's most sought-after brands, including Lord & Taylor, Toys“R” Us, American Eagle Outfitters, Sports Authority, GNC, drugstore.com, inc., Domino’s Pizza, PetSmart and Newegg.com, with millions of products in clothing, baby, beauty, electronics, movies, sporting goods, pets, toys, video games, luggage, automotive and more. For more information, or to try ShopRunner free for 30 days, visit www.ShopRunner.com.

About PickupZone

PickupZone provides online shoppers a more secure and convenient method of package delivery - no more missed packages, delivery notices, or depot trips. From national retailers to independently owned stores, the service has turned frustrated shoppers into increased foot traffic and repeat customers. PickupZone users like Matt from Boston say, “Fantastic service, absolutely love it. No longer have to worry about whether I should have packages delivered to work (which I'm not supposed to) or have packages left at the door of my apartment (which have gone missing in the past).” Through its network of neighborhood pick up points, PickupZone has created a more efficient delivery process for consumers, retailers and carriers.

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