Darkstore Partners with T-Force Final Mile

 

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T-Force Final Mile
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Entrepreneur Lee Hnetinka is the CEO of Darkstore, a same day delivery service for e-commerce companies. Lee Hnetinka launched Darkstore in 2016 and works to recruit e-commerce partners and expand the company’s services into regions across the United States. As a result of a recent partnership with T-Force Final Mile, Darkstore has expanded into 33 new markets across the United States.

Darkstore’s unique approach to on-demand delivery involves utilizing excess space in storage facilities, malls, and bodegas, essentially turning these underused facilities into local fulfillment centers for companies without brick and mortar storefronts. From these ruban fulfillment centers, Darkstore is able to coordinate same day on demand delivery options for its clients.

In September 2017, Darkstore formed a partnership with T-Force Final Mile, a last mile delivery company that services clients such as IKEA, Office Depot, and Amazon. The partnership allows Darkstore to expand significantly to urban centers across the United States including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix, and Austin. With the addition of these markets, Darkstore moves toward helping more retailers offer the convenience of same day delivery to their customers.

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Lee Hnetinka and Stefania

Darkstore Co-founder and Owner Lee Hnetinka and the trendy Icon Stefania Romeo.

Darkstore’s Innovation in Same-Day Shipping

 

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Lee Hnetinka is an avid world traveler who likes to journey to attractive but undiscovered destinations before they become well-known tourist spots.

A graduate of the University of Buffalo with a bachelor of science in marketing, entrepreneur Lee Hnetinka co-founded Darkstore with the intent to make e-commerce more convenient for customers. The delivery fulfillment platform allows brands to offer same-day and on-demand delivery at affordable prices by shipping from strategically located fulfillment centers. Lee Hnetinka leads the company as chief executive officer.

A revolutionary way to fulfill orders from e-commerce sites, Darkstore takes advantage of excess space in storage facilities and malls to store inventory, rather than charging companies a fee. When an order is placed, proprietary technology automatically routes it to the fulfillment center that offers the lowest delivery rate. Darkstore does not charge fees for extras such as packing materials, storage, or excess weight and size. Undercutting traditional fulfillment fees of up to 25 percent, Darkstore charges just three percent of each item’s retail price, with a minimum of $2 and a maximum of $20.

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Lee Hnetinka
Lee Hnetinka

A graduate of the University at Buffalo with a bachelor of science in marketing, Lee Hnetinka serves as chief executive officer of Darkstore, which he cofounded in 2016. In his leadership role, Lee Hnetinka heads a company that provides e-commerce brands with space to store inventory at delivery fulfillment centers, or Darkstores, in New York, San Francisco, and Phoenix. From these centers, Darkstore offers same-day shipping and even one-hour shipping for these e-commerce brands, which include Tuft & Needle and Luma.

An Overview of Bikram Yoga Conditions

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Lee Hnetinka and friends | Mr. Hnetinka previously served three years as the chief executive officer of the one-hour delivery digital application WunWun. 

For the last two years, Lee Hnetinka has managed operations at Darkstore in New York City as chief executive officer. When he is not engaging with e-commerce brands and overseeing Darkstore’s operations and expansion throughout the country, Lee Hnetinka stays physically fit by practicing Bikram yoga.

Bikram yoga, alternatively known as hot yoga, is one of the more popular forms of yoga in the United States. Bikram yoga sessions typically last 90 minutes and take place in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit at 40 percent humidity. The relatively extreme conditions provide yogis with a number of full body benefits. That said, individuals who have never tried Bikram yoga before should discuss the concept with more experienced practitioners and, ideally, a trusted physician.

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Bikram Yoga
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Studies have shown that an individual’s core temperature can exceed 100 degrees during a Bikram yoga session, putting certain individuals at risk for heat intolerance and similar conditions. While Bikram yoga is still considered safe and both physically and mentally beneficial, it is important to remain properly hydrated over the course of sessions and to understand and respond to one’s physical limitations. Individuals should be particularly alert with regard to their physical well being during their first few sessions, as it may take time for the body to acclimate to the heat and humidity.

About the author
Lee Hnetinka
Lee Hnetinka

A graduate of the University at Buffalo with a bachelor of science in marketing, Lee Hnetinka serves as chief executive officer of Darkstore, which he cofounded in 2016. In his leadership role, Lee Hnetinka heads a company that provides e-commerce brands with space to store inventory at delivery fulfillment centers, or Darkstores, in New York, San Francisco, and Phoenix. From these centers, Darkstore offers same-day shipping and even one-hour shipping for these e-commerce brands, which include Tuft & Needle and Luma.