It’s launching today in New York City, starting in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, but only via invitation. There’s a waitlist you can join at Jetblack’s website.
According to the site, there are other perks to the concierge service too: Free gift wrapping, “handwritten gift cards,” party favors, expert product recommendations and simple returns — just text Jetblack and they’ll return any unwanted items for you. You can also snap a pic of an item you’d like, and they say they’ll find it. The website says Jetblack won’t ship alcohol, prescription medicine or perishable foods, though.
The service seems to be particularly targeted at moms, calling itself “the easiest way for busy moms to shop.” Another passage: “All of our products are researched, curated, and tested by real NYC moms you can trust.”
While Jetblack tells CNET that household essentials will generally ship from Walmart and subsidiary Jet.com, other retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Pottery Barn and Blue Mercury will also be included. The company says it has plans to expand the service beyond NYC, but doesn’t currently have an ETA.
In March,, and bought itself a front-row seat to India’s e-commerce arena , both presumably to take on Amazon.
And to think we used to wonder.