From dream to reality
For Bringme's very beginnings, we have to take a trip down memory lane to the warm summer of 2006. E-commerce had yet to sweep over Belgium, but while daydreaming about a new neighbourhood in his hometown Leuven, our CEO Jo Vandebergh was playing around with the question: "How are the inhabitants of this neighbourhood going to receive their online orders and groceries when they're not home?" The question wouldn't let him go, not even when the dream became a reality in 2008 and his holistic vision was turned into a concrete plan.
Jo came up with an intelligent home-delivery locker and brought together a passionate team in order to design the predecessor of the Bringme Box. Its objective: to unburden residents and give them more time. In 2012, the first home-delivery lockers were built into the "Balk van Beel" in the "Tweewaters" neighbourhood on AB-Inbev's former industrial site. This innovation contributed to the building's being hailed as the most sustainable residential building in Europe in 2013.
Residents' positive feedback, however, felt even better than awards recognition. We already sensed the many possibilities of the delivery locker, but now that the system was in use, we could see them in practice. Time to up the ante: in 2015, we set up a successful pilot project in Leuven with a brand-new hardware product. Several thousand users were given access to a Bringme Box in the office, to be operated using the Bringme App which served as a personal assistant. Bringme had officially been born, and from that moment on, things skyrocketed.
In 2016, Bringme developed the Last Inch Operating System. Awards and commercial success soon followed, and our very first customers rolled out Bringme in their entire organization. Today, in 2018, we're able to offer Bringme all over Europe and are all set for an exciting future.