12. Retail Relay

The last-mile delivery cost kills most home-delivery businesses. I knew we could find a better way.

—Zach Buckner, CEO, Retail Relay

Introduction

During the summer of 2007, Zach Buckner, the 31-year-old founder and CEO of Retail Relay, was again confronted with an ongoing frustration of daily suburban life. After his third trip to a local hardware store to get supplies for the same home improvement project, Buckner realized that a one-day project had now effectively become an all-weekend affair. He had spent more time shopping than installing new wiring in his 1930s-era house. Buckner had studied electrical and systems engineering and completed many consulting assignments for companies looking to improve their business operations. ...

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