Upper Valley-founded ‘GooberPick’ Aims to Give Local Businesses an AdvantageJul 09, 2019 10:16AM ● By Kevin
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“Goober will change the way you shop and support local—with the convenience of online shopping and fast, easy delivery, all while saving time and supporting local business!” West Lebanon Feed & Supply’s Facebook page announced in April.
Jacques named his business for the definition of the word, “goober,” which is peanut. A peanut, he said, is a seed, and “from a seed, things grow.”
The e-commerce platform, which was developed by a California software company, is the main feature of the service. The platform will list up to 1,000 products per retailer.
The pea-green colored lockers were designed and created by a Canadian firm that invested $100,000 in the project. Each bay houses 36 lockers of three different sizes. Deliveries to the white, walk-in pods—about the same size as a racecar trailer—are scheduled every 12 hours and customers receive an alert with an entry code via phone or email when the package is placed inside.
There is also a vending-machine component, giving customers an opportunity to buy products they may have forgotten in their online orders or make impulse buys at pickup.
The first pod will be located in the parking lot at Enfield House of Pizza on Route 4 in Enfield. Pods will also open in Sharon, Woodstock, Windsor, Grantham, Route 120 in Lebanon, Lyme, and one of the parking lots of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A bay of lockers has already been placed inside a building at West Lebanon Feed & Supply, so customers can pick up their purchases outside of normal operating hours. Jacques envisions 100 lockers in the Northeast within two years.