The last-mile problem has largely been solved for consumers. Within a day, UPS or Amazon can put a package on anyone’s doorstep. But sometimes instead of the doorstep, that package ends up in the bushes, or lost among a sea of boxes in a building’s leasing office. The last mile is no longer the issue. The problem now is the last 50 feet.
"The e-commerce explosion has flooded apartment buildings with packages,” Patton said. “I saw what a pain it was for the property managers, and that was an eye opening moment for me.” Now, Patton says, he has a solution. His startup, Fetch, collects the parcels mailed to apartments at off-site warehouses and then delivers them to residents at a scheduled time.
This Texas-based startup allows landlords to outsource package delivery, freeing up valuable space and upfront costs for landlords. Landlords sign on with Fetch to allow off-site acceptance of packages from any company and then tenants work directly with Fetch via an app to schedule the time of delivery when they are home until 11 p.m. at night.
A Dallas startup that promises to take the hassle out of delivering packages to residents in apartment complexes is moving its business to Austin on the heels of a $3 million investment from a Texas-based venture capital firm.
Fetch, the first off-site package solution for apartment buildings, today announced $3 million in Seed funding, led by Silverton Partners. With the financing, Kip McClanahan of Silverton will join Fetch's Board of Directors.
Fetch CEO Michael Patton is a corporate-finance-guy-turned-delivery-superhero and recently talked about his new package solution in advance of his appearance at Digital Dallas' Startup Comedy Roast.
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