Doorman business on the last shark tank.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by upsbeernut, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes i dont.

    I watch shark tank on Friday nights at 9:00 and this one had a man who started Doorman only in San Francisco. He charges someone starting at $3.99 a package to ship whatever you buy to his warehouse and from there you set the delivery time. He was mainly delivering at night or when it was convenient for you. As an example he had a dummy door with notes plastered on it. One of the sharks actually invested in it. More cities to follow as he grows. Deliveries were made by personal vehicles. Any comments?
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Sounds like an entrepreneur taking advantage of a business opportunity.

    Our local MBE charges $5/package for non-box holders to have their shipments sent there.

    BTW, "Mr. Wonderful" is not so wonderful IMO.
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  3. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    If he's using a personal vehicle to make deliveries, that'll end quickly when he gets in his first fender bender. The personal auto policy forbids any IVERY. del-ivery, L-ivery (taxi, etc) and policy would be canceled.
  4. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    He will find out about DOT regulations and requirements that will force him out of business.
  5. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Why? The packages have reached the final destination on the shipping label (his warehouse) and he is simply offering an additional service to his customers, much like Papa John's offering delivery rather than requiring carry out only. Last time I checked my son did not have a DOT placard on the side of his Saturn.
  6. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    If it is commercial deliveries the government will certainly get involved.
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Why would a business which is open throughout the day need his services?
  8. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    I misunderstood what he was trying to do. I thought he was setting up a courier service. If it is a dropship location then things would be different.
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Think UPS Store with a home delivery option.
  10. BrownTexas

    BrownTexas Well-Known Member

    Not a bad idea. I don't see it really catching too much steam though. This is something we already offer. All we have to do is make it cheaper than his service and advertise it more. But it does show the true American story. People are too lazy to have their package go someplace they know they will be able to get it, so pay someone else to do it for you.
  11. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    I had a delivery for Poppajohn one Saturday. He was the only one in the office that I could see and signed for his own delivery.
  12. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Sound like Lasership to me. Saw some shady looking guy in a 15 year old minivan throw a package out of his window the other day. At least I have to get out of my seat to toss the package between garage bays.
  13. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    I can see this working well for wine shippers and things that require signatures. Otherwise, much of our business these days is partly sold on the free shipping offered by the shippers. This guy would have to compete with that.
  14. joesmith

    joesmith Member

    I saw that episode also, don’t we offer similar service with ups my choice
  15. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    Will have to watch the episode, but just from what is posted here, could be a niche for his business.
    After all, there is a niche for Uber when the Public can use established Taxi companies.
    Interesting concept, though, will have to see long term if it pans out.
  16. BrownTexas

    BrownTexas Well-Known Member

    Exactly. But you have to sign up for it. Assuming this guy will do every shipper so you don't have to sign up for everyone's service. Just pay him.
  17. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    He would be a business using his vehicle for commercial purposes making a delivery...It's just like us. We don't need CDLs but vehicle still has to have commercial plates and special rules apply.
  18. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    He said he offers times in two hours increments through midnight, and the customer decides when it gets delivered for $3.99/box. Mychoice is a sorry replica of that, maybe one day, but not now.
  19. AKCoverMan

    AKCoverMan Active Member

    I think regulators would take the view that this guy is furthering the transportation of a shipment and since many of these shipments originate in another state it triggers Federal jurisdiction.

    Not saying it's not a good niche business with the rise of e-commerce especially in areas where can't easily DR shipments. But not as easy to (legally) set up and start up as may sound.
  20. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes i dont.

    Good point.