There is no additional cost to use an Amazon Locker You'll see all available options for your order during checkout. If you live in an apartment building with small mailboxes and no doorman, you probably aren't so excited about your package hanging out in a lobby or a hallway by your door all day.
Even if you live in a house, porch thieves may strike while you're away. If this is a concern in your neighborhood, lockers will give you peace of mind for every delivery.
If you want to make a return, you can drop it off at a Locker regardless of where it was originally delivered. She works as a branding copywriter for a wide variety of companies from her home office in Seattle.
I don't have any time to make to go to the DMV until next week and my package should arrive tomorrow. Amazon Locker is a delivery and returns service that allows Prime members (or anyone willing to pay) to send their packages to secure, self-service kiosks.
Items must meet a specific size and weight criteria to be eligible for delivery to an Amazon Locker. Rather than check in with a clerk, you simply go up to the bay of lockers, find yours, enter the code, and take your product.
Amazon Prime users can have items sent to their locker with free two-day shipping while normal customers have to pay the standard rate. If you live in Nampa, Indiana, for example, you’d have to drive to Boise, Idaho, to pick up your package.
Obviously, this issue will improve as the service spreads, but how much mileage you’ll get out of AmazonLockers wildly depends on your location. Amazon Locker is a perfect example of the company’s incredible, and occasionally terrifying, ability to see a need and fill it, often at the expense of traditional jobs.
Lockers are ideal for people who live in apartment buildings without a mail room or houses with sketchy neighbors. Even secure neighborhoods often fall prey to opportunistic thieves who see a box on the front stoop and help themselves.
Sometimes you need to get an expensive or important package delivered, only to have FedExed not show up during the hours they said they would or, worse, say they knocked when they didn’t. Rather than relinquish your day to the whims of an underpaid delivery person, AmazonLockers let you ensure you’ll be able to pick up your package when you need it.
A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. AmazonLockers are secure sites where shoppers can ship their Prime packages and pick them up at their own convenience by entering a code.
If you have an Amazon order arriving on a day you’re out of town or you know you won’t be home, shipping it to a Locker will give you peace of mind. TIP: If your packages tend to arrive late in the day, consider that you may be able to receive a shipment sooner if you send it to a Locker.
There are a few things that might make some items ineligible for shipping to an Amazon Locker. But as long as it’s not insanely valuable jewelry (can’t exceed $5,000 in value) or hazardous materials, you should be fine.
You can’t receive your Subscribe & Save items at an Amazon Locker (bummer! AmazonLockers work best with any random shipments you won’t be home to receive.
Learn more about Amazon Hub Locker eligible items here. If your item is eligible to be returned to a Locker, you will see Amazon Hub Locker as a Drop-off option during the returns process on Amazon .com.
At 5’8” I was able to reach into even the tallest lockers, but very short people or people with limited mobility might experience some difficulty reaching the top row of lockers, which were face-high for me. If they’re not near you yet, just sit tight: Amazon is adding more lockers like crazy right now.
I shipped my item to a Rite-Aid pharmacy a couple blocks from my office. Rite Aid’s hours, as well as most other businesses participating in the locker program) go late enough for me to drop by and pick up my package after my workday ends.
The estimated delivery was Thursday, but Amazon seems to under-promise and over-deliver as a matter of routine as this happens with packages delivered to my house or office as well. Amazingly, the locker would hold the package from Wednesday ’til Monday.
Amazon doesn’t restrict use of lockers to Prime customers. How I literally started an Amazon business in about 1 month for about $1K : EntrepreneurPress J to jump to the feed.
Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts In my opinion, all the info you need to start an Amazon business is on YouTube, Reddit, and podcasts.
In my humble opinion, you'd be a fool to pay thousands for a course or boot camp, when you could spend that on product. You need some common sense, willingness to put in about 100 hours in a month, and a thousand bucks.
No national brand dominates the product (Don't sell basketball shoes against Nike and Under Armour) Because even if I capture a SMALL percent of the market share, I can make $2-$5k per month in profit here.
I don't care if you invent the cure for cancer, if it is on page 9 of Amazon, with 0 reviews, no one is buying it. Better rates, but you also have to buy large MOQ's (minimum order quantities), and wait for a long time for it to get to you.
(HINT: do NOT compete in things like water bottles and iPhone cases. Firstly, water bottles are dominated by great brands Neogene and Camelback.
Secondly, these are too popular, and hundreds of buyers, with deeper pockets than you, are aggressively pursuing. If it's obvious, it won't work, and you will be buried on page 10 of results making 1 sale a month).
Pay special attention to the price for a water bottle. A cool looking, foldable water bottle, made from food grade material, BPA free, leak-proof, drop resistant.
In general, you want to shoot for much higher, which is why I am not doing this, and illustrates why you don't go into popular products. Companies with deep pockets are selling 5,000 of these per month, which makes it worth it.
Go to a site like Line, order 150 boxes at $0.40 cents a pop. Design your own sticker in Photoshop (or GIMP) if you can't afford it, and print these.
Sign up for an Amazon Professional Seller account $40/month, first month is free. In 1.5 weeks, Amazon will receive your stuff, sort it, and distribute it to their warehouses.
Pretend you didn't pick water bottles, but something where you need 50 reviews to get to page 1. If they sell, re-invest into more bottles, and bam, you have your own company, and small business.
Contact the seller, ask about wholesale pricing for an order of 1,000 pieces or more. If you get it for $2 a pop from AliExpress, wholesale pricing probably means you can get it at $1 per piece if you order a lot.
I recommend using AliExpress if you want to hack your way to do this, and have a basic product up within a month. And you deal directly with manufacturers, so you can print your logo onto things, customize packaging, change the color, etc.
If you are not ready to commit to that, or want to dip your feet in, use AliExpress. If you’re like me and have struggled to find a great co-founder I figured maybe this story could help.
First, a little background: I’ve started many software-related Entrepreneurial endeavors in my 20s, each with varying levels of success. One common theme I’ve noticed is that the biggest initial challenge is finding a partner who has complimentary skills to mine.
For my most recent venture (which earned the #1 spot on this Subreddit couple of weeks back thanks to you guys), I finally found the perfect partner on Reddit of all places! The venture in mention is ‘Tabled’, which helps restaurants get their menu on the web and provides them with dedicated short links (e.g. tbld.link/harborhouse) for easy menu sharing and QR codes for hassle-free contactless dining experiences.
My partner u/surfalldayday side of the story (In his words): Before Tabled was ever conceived, I was cold calling local restaurants to see if they needed help making contactless menus (see: Covid-19) and ended up closing a few sales. I would help these restaurants get their menu online, then design and print the ‘Table Topper’ which included their logo and QR code which linked to the now online menu.
I had an existing relationship with a great development shop in Pakistan whom I asked to build an MVP for my contactless menu creator for $1,000. They agreed and started to get to work on ‘The QR Code Menu’ (you can check out what they built here).
As they were working on this, I knew that paying a development shop for each update to the app was not feasible long term, so I started to reach out to engineers in my network who might be open to a new side project. As the ‘The QR Code Menu’ MVP was being finalized, I was jumping around threads like r/restaurateur and r/restaurant owners to see if restaurant owners were talking about contactless menus and learn more about the problem.
What happened: As many great connections begin, I slid in his DMs. U/surfalldayday and I had one Zoom call to meet each other and discuss what we were working and BOOM we were off to the races.
He could sell, I could build, and we were both working on the same problem of digital / contactless menus. So, we decided to merge our efforts from our previous, respective attempts at digital menus, and started Tabled together.
I’ve always made it a point to do the best work possible given the resources available to me, and the people I need to continue the journey, once I start walking on my own, have found a funny way of revealing themselves. I just launched my mobile app (solo developer and founder) for a niche but growing market 3 days ago.
So far I've been reached out to by 3 entities all interested in making large (to me) $20k+ investments into the app. I've never launched a successful business and currently am I doing this as a sole proprietor.
If I take on investors, how the hell do I value the company properly and again, do I talk to a lawyer about this? I've gained some great insights and found the direction I'd like to move.
I get dozens of DMs and emails every week from aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs who are trying to build an internet business. Through a series of prompts, this post is designed to help you ask the most important questions you need to answer when starting a business.
Building a successful business is like solving a complex multivariable equation. The more part of the equation you solve, the higher your chances of success.
In case you’re wondering why 42 questions, well it’s just the number of bullet point prompts in this article. An idea is just the beginning of a long journey to making a business successful.
From my observations, one of the top reasons a business fails is because they don’t solve a real problem for their end customers. Not solving a real problem doesn’t mean you can’t build a business.
It’s possible that the problem you’re solving is super niche, and hence only 100 people will pay for it. If those 100 people can help you reach your revenue goals, then that’s great.
To estimate market size for your idea, use this simple heuristic Total number of people who are likely to face this problem * how much they are willing to pay on average.
Contrary to popular opinion, competition is a good thing. What are customers of these solutions saying on sites like G2Crowd, Canberra and other public forums.
Building a differentiated solution isn’t the only way to a viable business. In the real world, between two solutions on equal footing, the one who has figured out how to reach customers at scale, or at a lower cost per acquisition, wins.
A deep understanding of your customers will help you define the jobs to be done for the solution you build. It will also help inform your product’s positioning, the language you use when describing the problem your customers face and how your solution makes their life better.
Can I write a 500-word summary about their daily life, the problems they face in their business, and the specific context under which they face the problem that is the basis of my business idea? The previous section is focused on understanding your customers deeply.
Then perhaps you should avoid a business idea that strongly relies on these skills. Starting a business does not mean you go through a world of pain doing the things you hate.
Which means if you have the chance, you should pick a business idea and path that brings you joy, or at the very least does not make you miserable every day. Also, the answers in this section won’t change even while you go through the process if considering, rejecting, or further researching into multiple business ideas.
If you are building a bootstrapped business with modest ambitions ($100k/year revenues), then you don’t even need 100 things to fall in place in the right sequence for you to succeed. Every additional question that you answer from the list above moves you closer to building a successful business.
It will definitely be frustrating to answer questions instead of writing code and building the product. However, it is possible to answer most of these questions without writing a single line of code.
Building a successful business is within your control, by solving the complex multivariable equation, one variable at a time. I always love to help, however, my bandwidth is limited due to being dedicated to a specific set of brands.
I will not disclose any confidential/sensitive information related to Amazon or other sellers, nor will I help you personally with your account, HOWEVER, I will answer all and any questions related to Amazon (that I'm allowed to), for ex: hot categories, the best way to get your product to rank, new features such as twitch and video ads, how to get started, or general tips. I think it would be much more useful to do this via a free newsletter on a weekly basis where I go more in-depth, I'll also do future AMA's if people want.
At that point, he was working remotely for a Finnish tech startup and was sure he could return the money back to me in a few months. After he stopped replying to my messages I checked in with the company for which he worked.
First, let me clarify that I was the best man at this person’s wedding a couple of months before he borrowed the money. I knew him for 3 years at that point, worked very closely with him as the right-hand man in the startup for 1 year, we shared a fair bit of vulnerable conversations, and we even slept in the same bed twice during the strategic replanning company retreats in Serbia and Amsterdam due to the lack of beds.
If you are curious about the details, check the story that went viral on Medium on “how I spent €200.000 on a failed startup by raising money, hiring people, and building a product no one wanted”. My ex-cofounder used the money from the sold hardware we didn’t need anymore after closing the shop down to pay the employees we were firing although the agreement was to use it for other purposes.
Although it seems like common practice to pay employees you are firing, his responsibility was to warn the people beforehand, set the expectations straight 2-3 months beforehand, and offer them to leave earlier considering our precarious situation. Apparently, as far as I understood, he wanted to shield them from the harsh truth and didn’t tell the whole story.
Although it’s a “noble” thing to do to pay the people that were his tribe, we had other plans for those funds. Also, in discussions, he would often bring up topics that would make me question my morality.
The idea of contractual schemes which allow to legally dilute other shareholders down the road came up. The family, his wife, child, and parents, was his main value in life.
And he shared that he grew up in poverty and that shaped his worldview and the desire to never get back to that state again. And I hope to come to a point where the stain is completely dissolved from my subconscious.
When I shared about my struggle to let go with my mom, she told me something that seems like the wisest thing in the world. People like Warren Buffett say that in hires they look for smarts, energy, and integrity.
Here is what I learned from this experience: continue to borrow money to friends, it is the cheapest way to test their integrity! Trust by default, but don’t tolerate signs of the erosion of integrity.
Originally posted here on GrowthClub, a video-call-based startup community where founders like Lima are sharing precious advice on a weekly basis. Some time ago, I created GoodSalesEmails.com to help other entrepreneurs out there getting inspired when doing cold outreach campaigns.
On this page you can basically learn how to write successful cold emails (I honestly believe this is such a critical skill for any entrepreneur) by looking at the best sales campaigns from leading B2B SaaS companies. When I previously posted it here, it was still a work in progress, with a limited number of examples.
I grew the account to over 100,000 followers quickly and was selling anti Trump and pro democrat shirts, hats, and trinkets. His Twitter just got banned and now my main source of growing this account and business is done.
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