CHICAGO — Starchup and Laundry Locker Inc., doing business as Drop Locker, have entered into a strategic agreement to license Drop Locker’s patents and other intellectual property related to the storage, pickup and delivery of laundry, drycleaning and household items to lockers and secured locations.
Under the agreement, Starchup may integrate the locker-based delivery tools into the Starchup point of sale (POS). It also extends the rights to Starchup customers through software use.
Drop Locker will become the exclusive locker supplier to Starchup and be named the preferred locker supplier to Starchup’s POS users. This includes the patented “Angled Locker” design that maximizes hanging spaces in lockers and preserves the finish on hangered items.
Further details of the agreement were not made public.
Laundry lockers can be found in offices, parking garages, apartment complexes or university facilities. As an added convenience to their customers, gyms, co-working locations and retailers like pharmacies and grocery stores have installed laundry lockers attended by an outside service.
“Starchup customers have been interested in locker-based delivery for a while,” says Nick Chapleau, CEO and co-founder of Starchup. “That interest deepened through the COVID-19 pandemic as contactless delivery solutions became necessary.
“As an industry innovator ourselves, Starchup appreciates and respects IP rights and worked with the team at Drop Locker to provide these best-in-class solutions to our customers. We see this partnership as a win-win.”
Chapleau says Starchup will continue its work providing technology solutions to Laundromats and dry cleaners to expand and grow their businesses.
“We are pleased to be working with the team at Starchup as they expand the already impressive suite of tools in their product offering, especially as demand for contactless and convenient delivery solutions continues to increase,” says W. Tad Jenkins, CEO of Drop Locker. “Their appreciation for our technology is a shining example of how the laundry and drycleaning industry can partner to innovate and grow, responsibly, together.”