a Billion $ idea

Okay, may be a bit exaggerated! Still here is the idea!
One thing I noticed is that someone I know who really enjoyed shopping over the internet, well being software engineer and working in the advanced technology company seems normal. E-commerce, e-shopping. etc.

The bit of online-shopping no body enjoyed is waiting for the delivery, for good security reason, companies do not deliver the goods to an address other than your statement address which usually is your home. Guess what kind of hour the delivery comes to your door, office hours, that is when the courier works. How many times the goods were delivered when you are not at home? How many phone calls you have to make then to the courier to make sure that the goods will be delivered to you again in the hours that you are at home? How much times did you wasted waiting for the courier to come?

Why can't the goods just deliver to you office which is where you are most likely to be during office hours. Okay security reason.

But if your credit card company would allow you to register an alternate address with a small fee. Therefore, it can authenticate to the online company that the alternate address indeed is a valid one. How much would the customers pay for this services? Could be quite a bit seeing the pain that my friend went through.
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We tried to solve that solution... www.kinek.com ...then we ran out of funding Dana.

Posted by Dana on August 10, 2004 at 09:29 AM GMT+00:00 #

sigh.. I thought my idea was original.

Posted by guest on August 10, 2004 at 09:58 AM GMT+00:00 #

Strange... AFAIK in Europe this problem doesn't exist at all. I order everything to the office address (even from amazon.de, amazon.com).

Posted by Janos Cserep on August 10, 2004 at 10:47 AM GMT+00:00 #

A colleage pointed it out to me that amazon seemed to handle more than one address and also ebay through the use of paypal also allows this. I guess there are still many small on-line stores do not allow this. I will check with my friend where he ordered his stuff from.

Posted by guest on August 11, 2004 at 03:00 AM GMT+00:00 #

I remember meetings with a Large Shipping Company Who Shall Remain Nameless around 10 years ago. Back then they said that the Holy Grail in their business would be the ability to deliver to a person rather than an address. If their systems could interact with your personal "Presence Agent" software to predict your wherabouts accurately, that would be Nirvana. But we're not there yet.

Posted by Geoff Arnold on August 16, 2004 at 10:54 AM GMT+00:00 #

And the value is much more than a billion dollars.....

Posted by Geoff Arnold on August 16, 2004 at 10:54 AM GMT+00:00 #

Many many businesses allow you to have a separate "bill to" and "ship to" addresses. And why would the CC folks have to charge you to register an alternate addresses? You should demand that they have this program so that you can use their card even more.

Posted by guest on August 17, 2004 at 11:15 PM GMT+00:00 #

Thing is most credit card companies will allow you to register a second address (not where the bill goes to). All you have to do is ask... If you register with a company you're ordering goods from then they usually don't have much of a problem shipping to an alternative address, at least that's how it's worked for me many times before.

Posted by Darren Kenny on September 16, 2004 at 01:12 AM GMT+00:00 #

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