At this point, we all have heard about Uber, Postmates, UberEats, and of course Amazon Prime Now. Fast delivery and instant gratification are something we are all becoming accustomed to and businesses are picking their brains on how to make their service and experience the most convenient. The new delivery app, goPuff, has just taken the concept of a convenience store to the next level.
GoPuff was built with the mission to give you more “me time”. GoPuff is the first digital convenience retailer; they deliver thousands of items to doors daily so that no one ever has to go out of their way again. Had a bad day and want a pint of Ben and Jerry’s delivered to your door so they don’t see you ugly crying? There’s an app for that. Feeling sick and can’t get out of bed, but you won’t get any better without medicine? goPuff has the problem solved. From medicine to your favorite junk food to cleaning supplies, goPuff is the coolest delivery app we have seen yet in the Triangle area.
“We like to say we deliver in the moments that matter most,” says Liz Romaine, goPuff’s director of communications. Think of those moments when you are at the end of your last roll of toilet paper, or you forget to buy dog food on your way home from work. Now these items can come to you with a flat-rate delivery fee of $1.29.”
GoPuff currently has a fully functioning warehouse in Durham where deliveries are in full swing from 12:00 pm to 4:30 am daily. The company is also starting to service the nearby city of Raleigh as well.
Let’s talk history and how this whole operation is now able to service thousands of Durham locals. In 1897, the Carpenter family got into the feed and buggy business. It all began when J. E. Carpenter opened a small grocery store in East Durham. In 1901, J. E. and his brother, J. W. Carpenter together with their father Duane Carpenter formed a partnership to deal in heavy groceries, feed stuffs, wagons, and buggies.
As time passed, the buggy phase turned into the time of the vehicle. The family then got a Chevy franchise in 1915 and then built their official dealership in 1923. This Chevrolet building stood strong and was then sold in 2015 to the City for the new Police Headquarters. And the Carpenters parlayed their profit into more investment in Downtown Durham in the way of a vacant urban industrial building. They proceeded to redevelop it and now we have goPuff.
Isn’t it funny how much history a building can hold? And how about this story going from the horse and buggy era to retail dot coms? I have been able to see this process and have been apart of all three deals…from selling the dealership, buying in the future goPuff building, and then selling it. Who would have thought that a feed and buggy startup would now hold an app headquarters? Life and culture is ever changing and what a feeling it is to embrace it all.