Bringing the worlds of digital shopping and physical retail together. When the consumer is in charge of deliveries, everyone wins.
May 11, 2018
Packyge Expands to Nearly 1,000 Locations
Packyge, Inc., a technology company that is building an open ship-to-store network, will reach nearly 1,000 locations within the next six months through a strategic investment from Highland Ventures Ltd., the parent company of Family Video, Hoogland Foods…
January 16, 2018
Packyge Top 50 Startups to Watch in Chicago for 2018
There has never been a better time to launch a startup in Chicago. Packyge has the ideas, talent and funding to push Chicago’s tech ecosystem to new heights in 2018 and beyond. Packyge was founded by tech industry veterans Abhi Dhar and Chandrashekhar Shetty.
June 12, 2017
How great CIOs push their careers to new heights
Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Dhar ceded his dual role as Walgreens CIO and CDO to launch Packyge, a startup building a mobile marketing platform to help retailers lure in local shoppers with targeted offers. Dhar’s resume sheds light on his interest…
WHO WE ARE
Head of Product Management
Chhaya is a Thought Leader and Digital Product Management Executive with 20+ years of experience in building product strategy and creating valuable software products. Chhaya has held various leadership roles at Cars.com, Walgreens, Sears, and Orbitz. Chhaya loves to read, play and workout.
Abhi has spent 20 years in corporate environments in the USA and as an expatriate in the UK. He has been working in the digital space since 1998. For the last 8 years, Abhi was at Walgreens – most recently the CIO and Chief Digital Officer. Teams led by Abhi have won 5 Webby Awards and 10 patents.
Evan is enthusiastic about custom delivery and its potential to close gaps in the online shopping experience. Prior to joining Packyge, he's sold a broad range of supply chain solutions to shippers, specializing with online retailers.
User Experience Lead
As a UX practitioner, Shubham is passionate about making people’s lives better through functional design based on the fundamentals of cognitive and behavioral psychology. He is a recent graduate of Purdue University, with specializations in Human-Computer Interaction, Web Development and Entrepreneurship
Head of Retail Development
Jeff has worked in retail in entire life. His most recent role was developing and managing businesses for the grocery industry. He has experience providing solutions for E-commerce and brick & mortar businesses. In his spare time, Jeff owns & operates a tour company in Chicago.
As an engineer and entrepreneur, Chandra has been a founding member of multiple ventures, most notably with Sookasa, the Silicon Valley-based cloud security startup. He has spent over eight years at Cisco Systems engineering 3 brand new product lines.
CEO, Director of Zebra Technologies
Anders has served as CEO and a Director of Zebra Technologies, a global leader in providing solutions that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations. Before Zebra he has held several executive positions at Spirent Communications PLC, Tellabs International, Motorola and Network Equipment Technologies. Mr. Gustafsson has an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was a Fulbright Scholar and received numerous fellowships and scholarships for academic excellence.
Managing Director at 4490 Ventures
Dan is currently a Managing Director at 4490 Ventures, a leading early-stage technology venture firm focused on Midwest-based teams disrupting legacy industries. In his career prior to 4490, Dan has been the co-founder of three software companies and has made venture capital and angel investments in 25 early-stage technology companies that have resulted in 4 IPOs and numerous M&A exits. In the field of Ecommerce, Dan co-led the Series A investment round in comScore. Dan has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Sciences in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Sucharita is one of the country’s leading authority on retail, shopping and mobile commerce. She is a highly-regarded and frequently sought-after public speaker and has presented her research to audiences around the world. She is frequently cited in leading media outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and The Financial Times. Sucharita holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and a MBA from Stanford.
former CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc
Greg was the former CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. As CEO, Greg led this fortune 35 company to record fiscal 2014 sales of $76.4 billion. Greg is recognized throughout the drugstore and healthcare industry for transformational leadership, innovation, bold business moves and executing strategic long-term vision. After retiring, Greg founded Wasson Enterprise, a family-based investment firm focused on angel investing, partnerships and WE run businesses. Greg is also on the boards of Verizon Communications Inc., the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., and the Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).
Engineering as dads
Abhi and Chandra met as suburban dads near Chicago in beautiful Naperville, IL and became friends. For a while, neither one knew what the other one did for a living. Inevitably, till one evening they meandered into a fateful conversation about user experience, mobile use cases and the impact of E-commerce. The founders realized first that they could have a conversation with disagreements and still walk away pleasantly and also that they had complementary skills. They also agreed that there was fundamental macroeconomic inefficiency at the edge of E-commerce package delivery which would need to be resolved. As they explored the opportunity a bit more, it became apparent that more and more capital was being sunk into solving this problem via impersonal and technically complex solutions such as lockers, delivery services and programs run by logistics companies to aggregate delivery (primarily to manage down cost) but none that was consumer empathetic and easy. And then, “surely the capital already deployed into retail stores could be used to solve this problem and surely retail stores would love to get free foot traffic”!
The only frustrating part of E-commerce is dealing with package delivery and it’s getting worse!
Then over the 2016 holiday period more traffic arrived on websites from mobile devices than desktops, package stealing became a thing so much so that “porch pirates” became an accepted phrase for a class of criminals. Meanwhile, logistics providers to large E-commerce platforms started running out of logistics manhours, trucks and, vans needed to ensure reliable fast delivery of all packages to consumers. They have started using their own flex workforce. Consumers are shipping packages to work locations, to friends and family or preferring to use sites that ensure that such last mile frustration is mitigated. From the customer perspective, it is a mess; packages strewn all over depending on the site, delivery method/company and no easy way to keep track of what order corresponds to what package and if all the packages have been delivered.
Meanwhile, brick and mortar retail is being decimated, mainly as collateral damage
As we all know, brick and mortar retail is suffering a desperate existence with accelerating carnage. There have already been nine retail business bankruptcies in 2017— as many as all of 2016. More stores are expected to close in 2017 than at the peak of the financial meltdown in 2008.
However, retail is the largest private employer in the United States. Retail, directly and indirectly, supports 42 million jobs, provides $1.6 trillion in labor income and contributes $2.6 trillion annually to U.S. GDP. What’s more, an overwhelming majority of retail businesses (99%) employ fewer than 50 people. In fact, these retailers provide 40 percent – or 11.5 million – of the 29 million jobs in retail. This sounds like something we should fight for with our best abilities. This sounds like the story of American enterprise. So we decided to build digital solutions that supported real-world physical retail and using mobile phones provides tools that allowed retail stores to “fight out of their stores”. We also started using the hashtag #fightoutofyourstores to tag our original content!
HOW IT WORKS
Customer places order and chooses Packyge as their delivery type
Choose Pickup Location
Customers can choose to pick up their package from any participating retailer near them
Get Notified on Delivery
Customer is notified when their location of choice receives their delivery
Pick Up Your Packyge
Customer visits local retail store to receive their online purchase
Consumers receive rewards for shipping on the Packyge network