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Google Buying BufferBox Means Never Waiting For The Delivery Man Again

by on December 1, 2012
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Google has agreed to acquire Canadian start-up BufferBox, which manages self-service parcel lockers to help consumers avoid missed deliveries, the companies said.

BufferBox is a nifty solution for people who receive a lot of important packages but who aren’t always at home to sign for them. Basically, users choose a nearby location that hosts BufferBoxes where they want their packages delivered. Then BufferBox gives them a PIN that they can use to open the box and retrieve the package at their own convenience. Think of BufferBox as a sort of Zipcar for shipping packages, where you get an on-the-spot storage locker that you can use however often you need it.

“We are now excited to share that we have been acquired by Google,” BufferBox said in a blog post.

“We have a huge vision for this space and we couldn’t be happier to be building it out within a fantastic organization.”

A Google statement said: “We want to remove as much friction as possible from the shopping experience, while helping consumers save time and money, and we think the BufferBox team has a lot of great ideas around how to do that.”

“As online shopping becomes a bigger part of how you buy products, we look forward to playing a part in bringing that experience to the next level,” the company wrote. “We couldn’t be happier to be able to continue building out our vision within Google.”

The move comes with Google increasingly entering the retail space with its own shopping site and the Google Play Store, which sells not only digital products, but hardware such as Google-branded smartphones and tablets.

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