Waterloo-based BufferBox, which was acquired by Google in November 2012, is shutting down its standalone service. The company sent an email to members today alerting them to the news, stating in no uncertain terms that BufferBox will cease to operate as a service distinct from Google, and that the team and tech will be rolled into Google products and efforts to build out future Google Shopping products.
Back in November of 2012, Google acquired the then 2-year old startup BufferBox. BufferBox was a service that provided customers with temporary lockers in certain locations to accept packages at from online retailers. At the time of the acquisition, Google said that BufferBox would “keep doing BufferBox,” but today, Google has announced that it is shutting the service down. The BufferBox team now says it will work to ”bring the learnings, technology and expertise of the team to future Google Shopping products.” For those that are BufferBox customers, the company says it will stop accepting packages on March 31st, 2014 and that the last day to pickup packages is April 21, 2014. More details can be found on BufferBox’s FAQ page.