A new service called Suddenlee facilitates online ordering and delivery for more than 300 stores, even Zara and H&M, which don’t yet have e-commerce. You can order from any number of stores, and the site says it will deliver everything together OVERNIGHT for a single service charge. To use it, you drag and drop the suddenly icon to your toolbar, then when you find an item you want from a retailer hey work with, you choose your style and size, then click on the icon.
Big caveat: they’re only in the Northeastern U.S. at the moment. Also, of course, there’s the service fee, but it’s actually cheaper than you would typically pay for overnight. I couldn’t find the fee structure spelled out anywhere, so I tried it out myself. First, it worked like a charm, everything dropped into my shopping cart without a hitch. I added a shirt from Acne, and it charged me tax plus a service fee of $13.00. Then I added a jacket from H&M, and the service fee increased to $16.00. I added a shirt from JCrew and it increased by just $2 to $18, plus it added $2.50 for adding a third store. The total tax was $14.66. Meanwhile, overnight is typically around $24.
Also just FYI, they don’t ship oversized items (furniture, large TVs, etc.) and just in case you get super enthusiastic, their maximum single box holds 70 pounds.
So my question is: HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS? Do they have interns running all over Northeastern United States shopping for their customers? Maybe they set up special arrangement directly with the retailers? I shall investigate! Meanwhile, if you’ve used the service please let me know how it worked out!