Kevin Gibbon and Joshua Scott
Want to ship your bike across the country? Or you have a glass picture frame that you want to send to your best friend? Finding appropriate, protective shipping materials and taking said item to a UPS or USPS is a headache you don’t want and time you don’t have. But for $5, you can have someone do it for you.
That’s the Shyp sell. This San Francisco-based startup -- currently operating in New York, San Francisco and Miami, and soon to launch in L.A. -- will pick up any object, pack it, and shop around for the most economically savvy shipping option available for $5. You have to pay the shipping charge, too, but the rest of the chore? Done for five bucks.
Freelance bike courriers and drivers, called “Shyp Heroes,” scoot all over town picking up packages, bringing them to a centrally-located Shyp warehouse where a machine produces a customized box to fit the item perfectly. Extra box means extra packing material which means extra expense, after all. Speaking of money, Shyp has raised more than $10 million in funding so far. That’s enough money to send this startup on its way.
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