Ruffkess, 39, said he moved to Virginia-Highland in late 2016 and worried about packages being stolen off porches, he sought a good solution. He couldn’t find one - so he created his own.
What differentiates his product from others, he said, is that all major delivery carriers can access the lock using standard bar scanners, he said. That includes the United States Postal Service, FedEx, UPS and Amazon.
“It’s a win win win for delivery carriers, retailers and consumers,” Ruffkess said.
The early challenge, he said, is ensuring delivery drivers use the lock rather than just leave the package willy nilly. But he said once more people have Boxlocks, it should become normalized. (In fact, most of the complaints on Amazon on the product had nothing to do with the product itself but delivery carriers actually using it.)
Once Ruffkess had his idea, the former Coca-Cola executive tapped his connections and received seed funding from former and current executives from Coke, DHL, Nike and Samsung, to name a few.
Hopefully, a boost from a “Shark Tank” investor will help him grow even faster, he said.
The timing of his appearance on “Shark Tank” is perfect, he added, just in time for Christmas season.
His offices are in Cabbagetown.
“Shark Tank,” 10 p.m. Sundays, ABC