Hate the Package Shipping Process? Try an Alternative
Written By: Christine Dantz
Don't you just hate standing in line at the Post Office? You could always try the other mainstream services such as United Parcel Service (UPS), and FedEX, but unless you're a business, it's just too difficult to get pick-up service so you're back to waiting in line. Aaah, but wait, there's a new option available in some cities.
Thanks to better technology, the economy improving, and the invention of crowdsourcing, many Americans are trying their hand at entrepreneurship. Several of those ventures are in an area rarely breached successfully-end-to-end shipping; however, they said the same about Uber and now look at them rival major city cabs!
One such startup, Shyp, launched in March of 2014 by Kevin Gibbon, following a successful crowdfunding campaign. An app available on Android and iOS allows users to take a picture of what the need shipped and a currier for the company collects the item, brings it back to a select warehouse, prepares, insures, and ships the package for the cost of shipping plus $5.
Like Uber, Shyp is only available in select cities.
What other startups are challenging the major three?
- ShipBob, like Shyp, picks up, packs, and ships packages in select cities. They have also integrated their service with eBay, Shopify, and they are negotiating with Etsy, Magento, Amazon.com, and Bigcommerce.
- Shipster is an on-demand shipping solution for both individuals and businesses.
- Flexport is more for international shipping, Ryan Petersen’s business helps individuals and businesses navigate all the fees and laws involving international customs.
Now the only question is…which one of these new shipping startups will be the first to threaten the big three in North America?
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