We’re lucky as leprechauns (yeah… we went there) to live in this tech-driven world. Everything is available at our fingertips almost every hour of the day. It really is the perfect era for lazy SOBs and those with instant gratification complexes. But thanks to those who always demand their bounty whenever and wherever suits ’em, we’ve a host of amazing new delivery services that are breaking down borders to get us our goods. Here are our favourite local and national delivery services that feed our personal lack of conviction to ever leave the house…
An on-demand bike delivery service so you can have whatever you want delivered almost whenever you want to almost wherever you’d like? Yeah, we be all behind that and such. Hurrier is a Toronto-based startup that allows you to do everything stated in that above run-on sentence conveniently and securely. Purchases can even be made on your behalf (for an additional 5% surcharge), and totals are calculated using a base fee + $2 per kilometre pedalled. We just love the fact that Hurrier opens up our at-home food offerings by a factor of, like, a million. Grand Electric tacos delivered to your door, anyone?
Cases of favourite and rare wines delivered right to our door? Sign us up! WineOnline.ca is like your enabling best friend. Delivering cases of vino to your home or office makes wine o’clock an even more sacred time of day. Plus, there’s a wine club. Not that we were ever big into clubs in high school… but we can totally get behind one that drops off curated selections of wines right to our grape-soaked welcome mats.
We’re foodies first and foremost… but we’re also really hard-working office drones to boot. Naturally, we don’t cook most days of the week, but we still fancy something other than hours-old sushi from the grocery store grab n’ go. That’s why Just-Eat.ca and its handy iOS and Android apps are like supper saviours to us. We can order our delivery from the 501 Queen streetcar in the time it takes to nudge inch-by-inch from Bay to Yonge during rush hour. Convenient? Convenient!
We’re all about online ordering, but totally loathe that Canada is like the dwarfed little sister to the States when it comes to the online marketplace. Enter OhShip, a service that allows you to have items delivered to your home by way of proxy addresses in the countries where the items are available. A trendy couch on Gilt.com? Done. Have it shipped to your proxy address (set up by OhShip), then the service will re-route the delivery to your home. You have to fork over extra shipping and handling to get across our borders, but that’s a small price to pay for sticking it to the man, aka Canada Post, aka odd trade and tariff agreements, aka border sh*t we don’t really understand.
Another Toronto-based start-up, Giftagram is an iOS app granting users the unique ability of sending gifts via those invisible wireless waves that are causing our future generations to grow up as assholes. (Seriously, have you seen the balls on some of these li’l a-holes lately? But we digress…) A curated list of gifts are steadily available for sending, and all you have to do is input the recipients contact info (phone number or email) and boom! Giftagram sent. The recipient gets to tell the app the time and location of delivery, and you’ve successfully sent a gift with absolutely no effort. Who says, It’s the thought that counts? It’s actually the gift that counts. Remember that, folks!
Have you tried any of these 2.0-style delivery services? Comment below or tweet us @ViewtheVibe!