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Mar. 13, 2015 9:03 am

Keep missing packages? This startup could be for you

A lost shipment led Napoleon Suarez to create Fishbox.

Napoleon Suarez, founder of Fishbox.

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On Black Friday, Napoleon Suarez got a sweet deal on a phone charger for his mom. He ordered it online from Best Buy.

But it never came. For whatever reason, the package never got to him. He got refunded. Best Buy told him, no problem, just order it again. But at that point, he had missed out on the deal.

That’s not the first time Suarez, 33, has ran into package delivery problems. He’s betting it’s the same for other people, too. That’s why he’s launching Fishbox. Subscribers to Fishbox — a portmanteu of Fishtown, where Suarez lives, and mailbox — get an address where they can send their packages and later either pick them up or get them delivered. (This idea is also being tested in Brooklyn with venture-backed startup Parcel.)

Fishbox will launch for those who live in the Fishtown and Northern Liberties area soon. It’ll cost a monthly fee of between $9 and $29, depending on which plan you choose.

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Suarez is still ironing out where the packages will be delivered. He’s also built an app to communicate with customers and process payments.

Suarez is the director of search marketing for Schwenksville, Pa.-based i76 Solutions.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • Juliana, thanks so much for this. We’ve received great feedback from the community on this and we look forward to launching next month!

  • Donna Coley Austin

    Were you on Shark Tank? Or was that somebody else?

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