Bringing the worlds of digital shopping and physical retail together. Helping retailers create elegant digital interactions for consumers with their stores.

RECENT NEWS

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…

RECOGNITION

WHO WE ARE

Chhaya Dave

Head of Product Management
Chhaya Dave

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 Dhar

CEO, Co-Founder
Abhi Dhar

CEO, Co-Founder

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.

Chandra Shetty

CTO, CO-Founder
Chandra Shetty

CTO, CO-Founder

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.


OUR ADVISORS

Anders Gustafsson

CEO, Director of Zebra Technologies
Anders Gustafsson

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.

Dan Malven

Managing Director at 4490 Ventures
Dan Malven

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 Mulpuru-Kodali

Consultant
Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodali

Consultant

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.

Greg Wasson

former CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc
Greg Wasson

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).


INVESTORS

THE BACKSTORY

We are Nimble and Agile. Our Pivot.

Originally, Packyge was started as an “Open Ship to Store Network”. By recruiting almost 1000 stores into a network which online sellers could access for ship-to-store and return-to-store type services through a simple API, we hoped to provide consumer options by helping reduce the cost of last mile shipping. For every trip, we expected to build add-on sales using AI and/or Loyalty integration. That same software stack, which we had designed with great love and care in Naperville, IL for our own growth, has now been evolved and is available to retailers as white label subscriptions for their own purposes.

We still want to serve Retail

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

Order Online

Consumers customize and specify what they want in their online order powered by our technology on the retailer’s brand app or website.

Pick Up or Get it Delivered

Consumers choose to pick up in store or get it delivered to the location of their choice using the last mile courier of the retailer’s choice.

Consumers Track Order Preparation

As they have to expect from quick-serve restaurants, consumers get timely updates on the progress of their order

A Thoughtful In-Store Experience

From easy interaction screens for store associates to simple and efficient handoff process, we enable pleasant interactions in store.

Every Interaction is an Upsell Opportunity

Retailers work very hard to earn every transaction with consumers. We help to make each one of those experiences great. At the same time, we use loyalty systems or our advanced analytics to drive additional sales around every trip.