The Story

Brizebox is a revolutionary product. But to create a revolutionary product wasn’t all plain sailing.

How it all started...

I’m an engineer at heart and appreciate all forms of engineering from the smallest microchip to the tallest cathedral. I’ve always loved innovating and building things and I’m not interested in cutting corners, only wanting to create the best.

Like most people, I first started internet shopping on a regular basis back in the early 2000s. I enjoyed the process of ordering online. Finding useful things on the internet that I could never find on the High Street. Searching for items that were cheaper or just more convenient to buy online, and going ahead and ordering them. The process fascinated me! Lo and behold the parcel would arrive… but that was the problem! Where the parcel ended up was just too unpredictable. Sometimes it would be sitting on the doorstep when I arrived home, for everyone to see. It irked me to think that some reasonably expensive purchases were just left there, let alone the message to all local criminals that I was not at home. I used to leave messages for the courier to take the parcel around the back of the house, but invariably that didn’t happen. Sometimes the parcel ended up back at the Post Office which inconveniently opened between 7am and 2pm. Great! But worst of all was the fact that I had a grumpy neighbour and I used to dread having to go and knock on his door and ask him for my parcel. The obvious answer was to buy a Parcel Delivery Box, so I started looking online.

I was surprised to discover that no one had put any serious thought into designing a comprehensive Parcel Delivery Box that was fit for purpose. Thus my mind was set on finding a solution that primarily met my own needs. I had spent many years in the IT industry but prior to that had been a mechanical engineer, so I understood how to make things. A drawer with a false base had not been my first idea, but having worked my way through several incarnations, that is where I ended up. It was the only way that I could think to have a Parcel Delivery Box that had minimum courier intervention, kept parcels totally secure and continued to receive parcels until full. I realised I was onto something, so patented the idea and started making prototypes out of wood first before moving on to metal. I then gathered together a team of engineers to turn the fledgling concept into what is now recognisable as the present day Brizebox. It is a unique invention and made to a very high standard. For example, it is made of zinc-coated sheet metal which is then powder-coated using architectural grade exterior paint. But there are also other areas where we went the extra mile to make sure it is a top quality product. The lever mechanism operated by the handle is stainless steel, for strength and durability, and the levers for the lock are stainless steel for the same reason. Stainless steel is also used for the hinges and nylon washers separate all moving parts. Furthermore, there are rubber seals on the drawer and door to prevent water ingress. If there was a way we could think of doing something better, we did it. We made sure we went the extra mile to produce a product to be proud of.

With regards to looks, this was also quite challenging. We’re pleased to have come up with a design that’s got great kerb appeal and you’d want to have outside your house, not tucked around the corner.

Additionally, whilst not claiming to be eco-friendly tree huggers, we think Brizebox has very green credentials. The co2 footprint created by a parcel going backwards and forwards between its final destination and the parcel depot, because it can’t be delivered, is incalculable. It is reassuring to know that by using a Brizebox your parcel is delivered first time, every time, cutting out unnecessary journeys and contributing to saving the planet.

And as a final word, I never intended to give it the name Brizebox. I just couldn’t think of a name for it at the time, so in the interim I called it Brizebox, as a contraction of ‘Brian’s box’, hoping some bright spark would come up with a better name. To my astonishment, rather than receiving criticism, I was told how much the name was liked and so it has stuck!

Brian Willcox