Harvey Norman offering three-hour express deliveries with Shippit
Same-day delivery service.
Delivery startup Shippit has partnered with retailer Harvey Norman to offer three-hour express delivery options.
The new service allows customers to schedule (and reschedule) a product's delivery time between 7am-10pm weekdays through Harvey Norman's online store. You'll then be able to GPS live-track your purchase and rate the experience.
For example, if you're ordering a new smartphone or forking out for the latest video game, you can select to have it arrive at your office between 7am and 10am or if you'd rather wait, you can select for it to be delivered to your home between 4pm and 7pm.
The delivery service is available for small appliances, consumer electronics and small goods. Harvey Norman currently operates a fleet of White Trucks to handle larger deliveries and they will be brought onto the platform in the near future.
The service, mobilised by Bonds Couriers, is available now in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, while Perth and Adelaide will come online this week. Its reach may be expanded dependent upon demand and carrier availability.
The pricing structure varies state to state and is based on distance and scheduling times, with after-hours deliveries attracting a premium. fee
Here's an example.
Same-day delivery is an increasingly common option, but it's still rare to see it outside capital cities. Organising effective couriers is a challenge, though with Australia Post planning to charge for picking up parcels couriers remain the most promising option for many online shoppers.