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Boxed Expands into Fast, Fresh Grocery Delivery with Acquisition of MaxDelivery

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Boxed to Gain MaxDelivery’s Expertise in Micro Dark-Store Fulfillment and Fast Grocery Delivery with Plans to Replicate its Model in Additional Markets

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Boxed (“Boxed” or the “Company”), an e-commerce grocery platform which sells bulk consumables and licenses its e-commerce software to enterprise retailers, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire MaxDelivery, one of New York’s first on-demand grocery delivery services. The transaction is expected to close in December 2021, subject to certain undisclosed financial terms and customary closing conditions.

MaxDelivery provides New Yorkers with a fast, easy, and convenient way to have a broad assortment of groceries delivered directly to their door on-demand, through its one-hour delivery service in Manhattan. Since its inception in 2004, MaxDelivery has consistently delivered premium quality service to its customers, processing approximately 2 million orders to date. MaxDelivery differentiates itself from other ultrafast delivery businesses due to its high average order values of approximately $100, helping yield a history of strong unit economics. Further, all of its employees are full time W-2s, as opposed to 1099 contractors, which allows MaxDelivery to offer consistent quality service, driving customer loyalty with approximately 98% of orders coming from repeat customers each year. Through the acquisition, Boxed will broaden its capabilities in micro dark-store fulfillment and rapid on-demand grocery delivery. Boxed customers in select markets will also enjoy a significantly expanded fresh assortment offering. MaxDelivery will also become a client of Boxed’s Software & Services, adopting its proprietary commerce technology to help enable scalability of its operations, and expansion into additional markets over time.

Chieh Huang, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boxed, said, “This acquisition of MaxDelivery will mark our entry point into the rapidly growing fast-grocery delivery space, in addition to broadening our capabilities in micro dark-store fulfillment and fresh supply chain. Boxed customers have expressed how they value fresh groceries and we are excited to be able to deliver a more comprehensive product offering while benefiting from a complimentary business model with similarly high average order values as Boxed. In the months after closing, we plan to implement MaxDelivery’s model into several additional regions as we generate value for the entire Boxed ecosystem. We believe that MaxDelivery will also benefit from the use of Boxed software technology as it becomes a client of our Software business.”

Chris Siragusa, Founder, President and CTO of MaxDelivery who will join Boxed’s senior leadership team as SVP, Operations, commented, “Empowering New Yorkers to get their fresh groceries online has been our vision since our inception and with Boxed’s support, we will be able to replicate our highly scalable, profitable model into several new markets. We are thrilled to become a part of a Company that is poised for success, led by an exceptional management team, and has a proven commitment to ESG. We are looking forward to becoming a part of the Boxed family.”

On June 13, 2021, Boxed and Seven Oaks Acquisition Corp. (“Seven Oaks” or “SVOK”) (Nasdaq: SVOK, SVOKU, SVOKW), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, entered into a definitive agreement relating to the business combination that would result in Boxed becoming a public company upon the closing of the transaction. Boxed also announced its intention to list on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) upon the closing of the business combination, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. The combined company will be called Boxed, Inc. and its common stock and warrants are expected to list on the NYSE under the new ticker symbols “BOXD” and “BOXD WS,” respectively.

Supplemental Materials
A related investor presentation with more detailed information regarding the proposed transaction will be available at https://www.sevenoaksacquisition.com/events-and-presentations.

About Boxed
Boxed is an e-commerce retailer and an e-commerce enabler. The Company operates an e-commerce retail service that provides bulk pantry consumables to businesses and household customers, without the requirement of a “big-box” store membership. This service is powered by the Company’s own purpose-built storefront, marketplace, analytics, fulfillment, advertising, and robotics technologies. Boxed further enables e-commerce through its Software & Services business, which offers customers in need of an enterprise-level e-commerce platform access to its end-to-end technology. The Company has developed a powerful, unique brand, known for doing right by its customers, employees and society.

About Seven Oaks Acquisition Corp.
Seven Oaks Acquisition Corp. is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of entering into a business combination. Its goal is to deliver attractive and sustainable returns to investors through an investment in a growth-oriented company that aspires to make a positive social impact with an emphasis on good Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) practices. Seven Oaks raised $258.75 million in its initial public offering in December 2020 and its securities are listed on Nasdaq under the tickers “SVOK,” “SVOKU” and “SVOKW.” Seven Oaks is led by an experienced team of managers, operators and investors who have played important roles in helping build and grow profitable public and private businesses to create value for stockholders. For more information please visit www.sevenoaksacquisition.com.

Important Information About the Business Combination and Where to Find It

Seven Oaks has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC, which includes a proxy statement/prospectus. The registration statement has been declared effective and the proxy statement/prospectus has been distributed to Seven Oaks' stockholders that is both the proxy statement in connection with its solicitation of proxies for the vote by Seven Oaks’ stockholders with respect to the business combination and other matters as may be described in the registration statement, as well as the prospectus relating to the offer and sale of the securities to be issued in the business combination to certain of Boxed’s stockholders. This press release does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed business combination and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the business combination. Seven Oaks' stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus included in the registration statement and the amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed in connection with the proposed business combination, as these materials will contain important information about Boxed, Seven Oaks and the business combination.

The definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials for the proposed business combination have been mailed to stockholders of Seven Oaks as of October 26, 2021, the record date established for voting on the proposed business combination. Stockholders will also be able to obtain copies of the preliminary proxy statement, the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to Seven Oaks’ secretary at 445 Park Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10022, (917) 214-6371.

Participants in the Solicitation

Seven Oaks and its directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Seven Oaks’ stockholders in connection with the business combination. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names and interests in the business combination of Seven Oaks’ directors and officers in Seven Oaks’ filings with the SEC, including the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC by Seven Oaks, which includes the proxy statement/prospectus of Seven Oaks for the business combination. Stockholders can obtain copies of Seven Oaks’ filings with the SEC, without charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Boxed and its directors and executive officers may also be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Seven Oaks in connection with the proposed business combination. A list of the names of such directors and executive officers and information regarding their interests in the proposed business combination are included in the proxy statement/prospectus for the business combination.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events, such as expected timing for the proposed business combination and expected benefits of Boxed’s pending acquisition of MaxDelivery. For example, statements regarding the satisfaction of closing conditions to the proposed business combination and the timing of the completion of the proposed business combination are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "pro forma", "may", "should", "could", "might", "plan", "possible", "project", "strive", "budget", "forecast", "expect", "intend", "will", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "predict", "potential" or "continue", or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Seven Oaks and its management, and Boxed and its management, as the case may be, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: (i) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of subsequent definitive agreements with respect to the proposed business combination; (ii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Seven Oaks, Boxed, the combined company or others following the announcement of the business combination and any definitive agreements with respect thereto; (iii) the inability to complete the business combination due to the failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of Seven Oaks or Boxed; (iv) the inability of Boxed to satisfy other conditions to closing; (v) changes to the proposed structure of the business combination that may be required or appropriate as a result of applicable laws or regulations or as a condition to obtaining regulatory approval of the business combination; (vi) the ability to meet stock exchange listing standards in connection with and following the consummation of the proposed business combination; (vii) the risk that the proposed business combination disrupts current plans and operations of Boxed as a result of the announcement and consummation of the proposed business combination; (viii) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain its management and key employees; (ix) costs related to the business combination; (x) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (xi) the possibility that Boxed or the combined company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, regulatory, and/or competitive factors; (xii) Boxed's estimates of expenses and profitability; (xiii) the evolution of the markets in which Boxed competes; (xiv) the ability of Boxed to implement its strategic initiatives and continue to innovate its existing offerings; (xv) the ability of Boxed to defend its intellectual property; (xvi) the ability of Boxed to satisfy regulatory requirements; (xvii) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Boxed's and the combined company's business; and (xviii) other risks and uncertainties set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in the registration statement on Form S-4 referenced above and other documents to be filed with the SEC by Seven Oaks.

Nothing in this press release should be regarded as a representation by any person that the forward-looking statements set forth herein will be achieved or that any of the contemplated results of such forward-looking statements will be achieved. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Neither Seven Oaks nor Boxed undertakes any duty to update these forward-looking statements.

Investor Contacts
Seven Oaks:
Drew Pearson
drew@sevenoaksacquisition.com

Boxed:
Chris Mandeville
ICR
BoxedIR@icrinc.com

Media Contacts
Boxed:
Keil Decker
ICR
BoxedPR@icrinc.com


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