It's actually a more legitimate service I think than the likes of uber, as it is anciliary service for more income for small shops (we also bought 'candy' when in the store - a bit more revenue for them), as opposed to people relying on it to make a living.
A better example would have been Waze Carpool or even older the practice of "slugging" which finds riders needing to go a similar way and saves toll or gas.
sponsor some running races. There's a ton of smaller (200-300 participant) races happening in cities all across the country every weekend that would love a sponsor and be happy to tell their racers about your service. $1000 and a couple t-shirts to be given out as draw prizes would make you a major sponsor.
The freeone would be an adverotial type approach in something like Runner's World. They're always desperate for content, so delivering it on a plate (happy for my example to be used) they would probably like. Always free to ask.
Then there is the manual option - hitting all the facebook groups that exist, and the twitter, sugges0ting for all races (likely half and full marathons). You are probably too late for Houson Marathon tomorrow, but that's a good one where people will be in the same position.
Ultimately you are relying on word of mouth, but it's how you get that initial buzz!
It's been sparked by the raise of Airbnbs which rarely offer luggage storage.
A similar trend is in self checkin solutions.
It's interesting to note the herd effect on this kind of startups: it becomes easier and easier to raise capital to solve problems many others are trying to solve already.
When we were starting Bounce, we noticed players in their local markets. We weren't impressed with the product or execution at the time. It's been really interesting to see the development and some of these players have done quite well.
It seems like most folks started with a slightly different idea but the market pulled everyone closer to the same thing.
I started Bounce out of a burning vision. You can read more about it here: https://medium.com/@codycandee/the-story-behind-bounce-21aea...
Do you go to conferences? Let me know if you need some tips, I'll be happy to share.
I haven’t plugged into many conferences in the space. We’ve been a very small team grinding daily.
Thanks for being such a power commenter on this thread btw!
I absolutely love VRWS which this year is in France in October.
It's the best for networking with the leaders in the VR space.
You may want to check out Host London 2020 (from Terrapin) as they seem to give speaking slots to startups.
Many of the luggage startups mentioned here were present last year.
Drop me an email and I'll introduce you to the organizers.
You may even get a free startup booth from them.
Also, check-out Trips Community where you may become a partner if you commit to integrate when it's ready, getting some visibility.
I have a room full with crap; even at $1/day per case (which I would pay long term), I can put enough cases in there and easily get them out to pay triple the mortgage on the entire house every month... All my chinese and thai friends (where I store stuff now) would gladly long term store cases in their houses: 20-30 of them for sure.
Short term they would not but 2 weeks or more; many people working abroad would jump at that.
Seems I always forget something or forget to bring it home. Would be nice just to not stress about them during packing and just focus on clothes laptop etc
I don't keep dupes of everything. My cables and plugs bag is the same one I use day-to-day. But I do keep a general travel pile that has most of the stuff I may need on a trip other than clothing--which varies by location/season/type of trip.
At least that's what I used to do.
And that was also a weird case where I had a hiking trip after a multi-leg business trip so I didn't want to lug all my gear with me. In general, I travel lightly enough that I'm not checking luggage anyway.
Would this entail buying several sets of clothing, tailoring them if needed (some of us can't buy clothing off the shelf), doing laundry and stashing them in the local locker every time you visit?
Also, the other problem for me is temperature, formality etc. -- for city i with mᵢ seasons, and nᵢ situations (casual, formal, etc.), I have to own ∑ᵢ mᵢnᵢ sets of clothing.
That's very interesting, I'm sure more and more people will need this in the future.
How much would you expect to pay?
I probably wouldn't pay more than that to permanently store a suitcase somewhere. That would be the ceiling for me.
Some frequent business travelers may be willing to pay more.
I'd see it as a $x/mo + $y per bring it to me at the airport (or maybe hotel, depending on the situation)
There are luggage delivery services but they're fairly expensive especially if you normally get free checked luggage.
Generally, if you don't have competitors, then you don't have a market.
What I meant is that I notice a herd mentality in VCs.
Particularly in Vacation Rentals there's many problems waiting to be solved and yet it seems everyone is trying to solve the same ones.
Critically: No, in business, it more often means that the market doesn't exist. If it did, you'd likely have competitors.
My point was just to note that this isn't unique to startups or VCs--it's common to all markets. It is generally a worrisome indicator if you have no competitors, and it is easier to justify chasing things other people are chasing.
The theory of evolution, calculus, etc were "discovered" by multiple people with zero contact at the same time.
An event or change in the world (like airbnb here for example) trigger people to come to the same conclusion.
Now imagine you have a team of people working on it who are "just ok" - maybe they lack the product or engineering skills but still bring something to market. When the next team comes along that is truly stellar, they will out-execute.
With VC, it is really interesting. They may decide to invest in the team that is farthest along because they look like the leader in what is a new market. Or the stellar team may raise money and then the B team that started earlier and has more scale may go to investors and say "Look, this company raised money and we're way bigger - give us money too!" and they have a pretty good case for it at the surface level.
That is my take on how these things may happen and evolve.
Japanese train stations are great for this. But it's very uncommon in many/most places.
I was trying to store my luggage at lockers in Tokyo Station, and I tried different locker clusters but they were all full.
I wonder if there's a way to check for empty lockers, or to reserve the lockers? (I don't read Japanese so I genuinely have no idea)
And support for multiple languages!
When I went to japan, the occupancy of these lockers were often 100% -- people would be standing in line waiting for a locker to open up!
Do you feel that you'll be able offer competitive coverage with that quality bar?
I do like the idea that this is a solved problem, but if I'm in some tiny town, I still might need a service like this, and my go to service would have it covered.
I get that launching city by city makes sense at first, but just curious how this rolls out coverage wise!
Also, do you insure the luggage?
It scales really nicely with coverage. We get daily requests from stores all around the world who want to sign up. We will catch up to the coverage of other companies this year or next year.
We offer $5000 insurance...absolute peace of mind!
Just wanted to say: thank you for demonstrating a mature, no-nonsense approach. With the world drowning in hype, it's refreshing to see someone (anyone!) take the no-fluff route.
Gee, after you add on all the "extra" web services you need when you use AirBnB, it's almost as good as a hotel.
Help me understand this. People go to an Airbnb, unpack their luggage, then take it (or have it picked up) for storage elsewhere? And when they are ready to go, they get it back and pack?
I'm basically a minimalist packer, so if this is what people actually do, it's very foreign to me.
Many hotels will store your luggage after checkout, until you are ready to depart.
Keycafe:get the key from a self service box in a shop.
Keesy: get the key from a machine.
Vikey: keyless. Enter with a code.
And many many more.
At Host London exhibition there were at least ten new ones.
Unfortunately in many cities, particularly in Europe, you are not allowed to stick a lock on the wall of the building.
Is this meant for the same purpose?
(it's not the same and not very reliable, but random places like museums and restaurants will keep your luggage if you just ask them nicely too :)
Something with a human attendant right there could be an advantage.
I don't see paying bounce $6 and farfing around on a website for something that's so simple and quick to do in person and if there's a problem of any sort, I can readily sort it out on the spot instead of over some support-via-email system. (When bounce offers a non-hotel answer in a spot with no hotels nearby, I can see the value, but that seems like a corner case.)
Of course, I also didn't see people being willing to pay $10 to have unpredictably slow delivery of cold food from the likes of Doordash, either, so...
When I was visiting China last time I did not find the post office so I went into a hotel near the supposed location of the post office and just asked them if they could send my letters and so they did. Of course I payed for the stamps (including a tip).
You answered your own question. Some of us don't have an ounce of charisma<del>, and some of us have been conditioned by years of loneliness to never initiate a conversation</del>. I think this is a pretty valuable service.
Have 10's of thousands of users already.
Bounce website looks nice too
Like you have to check out at noon but you have evening flight and you could drop your things somewhere in city center and take Uber to airport from there instead of going back to pick your stuff.
This idea, but in the trunks of Ubers (as a side gig for the driver), rather than static locations. You can summon your shit wherever you end up.
The gradual awareness in the US of the possibilities of terrorism
- UNABOM, the NI/IRA "Troubles", the 1993 WTC bombing, and
similar - gradually drove out most such anonymous-user
lockers, and after
9/11 they tended to be blocked off or removed more quickly,
even as people still had interest in cost-effective
short-term storage. Current arrangements seem to want
an existing relationship (overnight guest) or a paper
trail (ID + credit card).
Package storage in NTC vehicles allows the possibility
of having multiple devices being summoned to one or more
specific locations at specific times. What could possibly go wrong?
Like I said, it's a dumb idea. Which is why I expect to see an SV startup try it.
Store in shops long term. Summon it on demand.
SMS: Summon My Shit. On-demand storage and delivery in your city's "cloud".
I'm Cody's co-founder. That is literally the origin of Bounce. "Bounce" your things away from you and back to you when you need them again. As mentioned it obviously comes with a host of challenges that you don't have in the current decentralised and static model - but I do believe it's achievable. And it's definitely something we want to tackle long term!
I love your name idea ;) SMS.
Are you in SF?
Homeless people belongings is not exactly what one expects when signing up for a _luggage_ storage. Doubly so if they are a hotel.
Most people can simply mail their luggage to their hotel. Only a limited subset of travelers who use Airbnb or are homeless would need this service.
It seems like a better business model would be somewhere at the airport where you can pay someone to watch your luggage if you want to explore / go to dinner / etc. and know you're going to get everything back (like some sort of branded plastic-wrap "seal" with writing on it). Fewer locations needed and infinitely more customers. Of course, the downside is there's nothing to patent or can be protected in either business, it can be knocked-off ad infinitum.
We've found quite a broad range of folks using us. We even have commuters who use us 5x / week - it's become a part of their lifestyle.
This sounds more like something you’d do so your buddy, Dave, could pick up a suitcase of drugs or something.
Not all hotels are convenient to where you want to be - if you are staying in Fisherman's Wharf for example and will be in Union Square before your flight, it doesn't make sense to go all the way back to FW to get your bags. Bounce has locations everywhere. It's also really popular with AirBnB folks, people going to games, concerts etc.
Have 10's of thousands of users already.
Either pay a few bucks somewhere nearish where you'll head to the airport, and pick it up on the way, or drag it around all day.
That's a big fat "nope" from me. Which is likely their desire.
Another possibility is if, after checkout, you want to hang out somewhere where it wouldn't be convenient to go back to your hotel to pick up your bags before heading to the airport.
And I won't want the risk of someone walking off with my bag.
Could OP explain.
Edit: Reading the FAQ, it's not luggage stores, it's stores that store luggage. Restaurants, delis, anywhere really. This makes much more sense.
Upvote. Novel idea.
A coupla' years ago, I landed at Heathrow, dropped off my luggage at the left luggage shop, travelled through Europe for two weeks, went back to Heathrow, picked up my luggage and flew back home.
Just google "left luggage near me" when you land somewhere. No need for an app that is most likely (not necessarily nefariously) tracking you.
I can, however, see how this would be helpful for when your hotel is not close to where you want to be the hours before departure, though.
Good luck with everything.
This other company has far more reach however...they definitely beat us there. We hope to close that gap in the next year.
Lots of work to do!
Drop off “luggage”, give whatever code you receive to recipient, then they pick up.
If I were a shop owner the liability of storing the luggage just doesn’t seem like it’s worth the risk.
The bag check room at the hotel had a line, and there was a set fee per bag to store it there. There were hundreds of bags in the room, so not exactly low cost to accept and track all of them. Makes sense they charged.