Press Release: December 16, 2009
SendSocial.com, the worlds 1st address-less parcel delivery service, launches in the UK.
SendSocial.com provides the public with the ability to send parcels without an address to anyone with either a Twitter account or email address starting from £3.99, which includes both collection and delivery.
SendSocial.com is the latest creation by noted entrepreneur, Ben Way, who is best known for his appearance on Channel 4s Secret Millionaire. Ben posted the idea of address-less delivery on his blog and selected eight budding entrepreneurs who engaged with him through Twitter. Within hours of assembling the management team they began working on the concept.
Thanks to online applications, Google Docs, Skype and other communication and social media tools the team were able to ignore their geographic displacement. The team consists of Ben Way (29, Florida), Glen Richardson (27, Cumbria), Antony Stevenson (24, Derby), Jonathan Grubin (18, Newcastle), Marc Falk (21, Denmark), Simon Campbell (31, London), Tom Beckenham (35, London) and James Cranwell-Ward (24, London).
Senders make a request to their recipient via SendSocial.com and a Twitter message or email is sent on their behalf. Once the recipient accepts the request, they can choose where they would like the parcel to be sent; the sender never sees the recipients address.
The sender is then provided with an address-less, bar coded label and the parcel is collected the next day. Conveniently, the parcel can be stored in a safe place in case the sender isnt around. myHermes.co.uk scans the barcode on SendSocial.coms unique address-less label, and the parcel is then automatically routed to the recipient within three to five working days and is fully trackable.
Ben Way, co-founder of SendSocial.com, shares his enthusiasm for the launch of SendSocial.com: Im truly excited about the launch of SendSocial.com. Like most people in this fast-paced world I have lost track of the addresses of people I need to send things to and could not believe that there was not a better solution to the old-fashioned address. I predict that with a little help from SendSocial, in another few years nobody will have to use a physical address to send anything again.
The team chose to partner with myHermes.co.uk, which is part of the Hermes group (formerly Parcelnet), has a 30-year trading history and is the UKs largest courier-based home delivery network, delivering more than 100 million parcels each year. The partnership between SendSocial.com and myHermes.co.uk enables consumers to send parcels to anyone they wish by simply knowing the Twitter name or email address of the recipient. SendSocial.com allows users to manage their addresses and select the most convenient location for delivery to be made, such as work or home.
Commercial director of myHermes.co.uk, Jon Tobbell, commented on the partnership with SendSocial.com: Everyone at myHermes.co.uk is bursting with anticipation with the launch of SendSocial.com. Weve been working extremely hard to accommodate address-less parcel delivery to ensure the recipients address is kept confidential via our new handheld terminal technology. Were ready for volume sales, given our existing corporate client base, including Next, QVC, and other well-known companies.
As SendSocial.com is a secure repository of addresses, SendSocial.com will soon be integrating with major online retailers to allow its users to send gifts to friends and family using just a Twitter name or email address.
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