Reporting Alex Silverman
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - It’s a classic urban dilemma: you have a package coming that needs a signature, but you can’t be there and don’t have a doorman. So, what do you do?
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JR Yujuico, who comes from a family of entrepreneurs, and his old high school friend Adham Zaki were working together at Goldman Sachs in New York City when a lightbulb came on.
So, they left their jobs and started a company called Village Doorman.
It partners with small businesses to accept packages for neighbors so the recipient doesn’t have to trek to some UPS or FedEx warehouse if they’re not home during the day.
“Instead of going all the way to those areas, you can just go down, ideally, just a couple blocks to the closest store,” Yujuico said.
The service costs $4 a package.
Yujuico is looking to eventually expand the business into the suburbs.
“Right now, we have 17 locations. We’re putting together a sales team so that we can quickly grow,” he said. “We have grand ambitions of spreading everywhere.”
There are some restrictions. No USPS packages will be accepted. They won’t accept any packages that appear damaged, are larger than 50 linear inches, or weigh more than 31 pounds.
Also, packages containing dangerous substances or living creatures, or anything that could be harmful if handled improperly or needs to be stored in a special manner will not be accepted.
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