A company that delivers goods to your door has launched in Dallas, including, notably, areas in southern parts of the city that some other startups have ignored.
Enter goPuff, a Philadelphia-based "digital retailer" that's like a combination of concierge service and errand runner.
The company stocks more than 2,500 products across eight categories, ranging from snacks to beverages to household essentials to pet items.
When customers need something, they log into their goPuff account, select what they want, and the company's delivery drivers bring it to their door. Delivery hours are from noon to 4:30 am, seven days a week, with a flat delivery charge of $1.95.
Founded in 2013, goPuff is now available in more than 90 cities, including Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Seattle; Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C.
Dallas is the third of four markets goPuff has entered in Texas, following Austin in 2015 and San Antonio in April. goPuff also recently began delivery in Houston.
The launch of goPuff below I-30 comes on the heels of the company's initial entry into Dallas, which included downtown Dallas, Denton, Richardson, Mesquite, and Arlington.
"Customers have been asking us to come to Dallas since we first launched the concept, and we are thrilled to now bring that experience to the area and deliver the moments that matter most to this vibrant community," says Rafael Ilishayev, goPuff co-founder and co-CEO, in a statement announcing the expansion.
The company touts its speed of delivery as a main selling feature. Customers place their orders on the goPuff app, the same way they would for other delivery services. Then, goPuff team members head out, collect what's needed, and deliver it.
Because the products are housed at goPuff facilities, drivers don't need to head all over town to collect needed items, and there are no third parties to work with. But what about cold treats like ice cream?
"Because we warehouse product inventory at our own facilities, we can quickly pack orders in our special insulated bins and pass them off to our driver partners for fast deliveries, keeping the ice cream cold," Liz Romaine of goPuff tells CultureMap.
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They're not stopping at South Dallas. Additional facilities will open in Garland and Deep Ellum in September, and Fort Worth comes on board in the fall. According to a spokesman, Dallas now represents one of goPuff's largest markets.
To celebrate goPuff's entrance into South Dallas, customers who sign up for an account and place their first order of at least $9 by August 25, can add a complimentary pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream to their cart; a coupon will be applied automatically at checkout once the order minimum is met. The welcome offer cannot be combined with any other promotional codes and is only valid for first-time users in the South Dallas area. Ice cream!