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Before we discuss new NYC-based startup ZipGigs, I want to take you back to an earlier time. A time when I was living in Atlanta and delivery service Kozmo had just hit the scene. I loved and hated Kozmo. I loved it because they would bring me a box of Entenmann’s donuts and a movie anytime I wanted it. I hated it because, before Kozmo, I would have to get in the car and drive to the 7-11 or Blockbuster to get junk food or a movie. The service had a very loyal following – a good number of my friends had used the service on a semi-regular basis for food, drinks and movies. Their ability to deliver Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in just a few minutes turned many on to the delivery service.
A couple of years later Kozmo was gone and all I have left to remember the service are the orange fridge magnets they put in my deliveries. Kozmo delivered items that they stocked in their warehouses across the U.S.
ZipGigs is a new delivery service based in NYC that officially launched last week. Their model works differently than Kozmo. With ZipGigs you can place an order for basically anything (no prescription drugs or alcohol) from any merchant in Manhattan and they will deliver it to you. ZipGigs charges a fee for each delivery – the fee ranges from $10 for short deliveries to $30 for longer trips.