A New App Referred to as Lugg Can Transfer Your Couch With A Push Of A Button
A brand new startup referred to as Lugg is a cellular app that’s principally like having a good friend with a truck who’s out there at any time for on-demand, small strikes. Just lately launched within the San Francisco Bay Space, Lugg presents clients a simple solution to haul issues – like your IKEA purchases, for instance, or it will probably assist you transfer a settee you got on Craigslist throughout city. Principally, Lugg can transfer something that matches behind a pickup or field truck.
To make use of the app, you enter within the merchandise’s location, the vacation spot, and also you snap a photograph of the merchandise to be moved. Lugg then connects you with an out there mover instantly. The mover exhibits up inside 15 to forty five minutes to select up the merchandise and take it to its remaining vacation spot. All of the cost, together with tip, is dealt with inside the software, just like one thing like Lyft or Uber.
Lugg is at present charging a $35 base fare, plus $2.50 per mile, and $zero.50 per minute of journey time. On common, this works out to $forty to $sixty five per transfer, the corporate has discovered. On the excessive-finish – like going from San Francisco to Oakland, as an example – the worth is perhaps extra like $seventy nine.
The corporate has cargo insurance coverage, in case issues go mistaken.
Lugg drivers hold eighty% of the fare, with the remaining portion returned to the corporate.
The thought for Lugg comes from Jordan Brown, who beforehand labored at a healthcare startup in Salt Lake Metropolis, the place he encountered the issue first-hand. With out entry to a large enough car, he couldn’t get his furnishings purchases residence. Brown spent a couple of months coding the app, then moved out to San Francisco and slept on a pal’s flooring to launch it.
Now solely eleven weeks previous, the startup is doing round 10 to fifteen strikes per day, says Brown. “A number of the early days has been simply me in a truck,” he says. “We’ve finished numerous strikes, unexpectedly.”
Brown introduced on co-founders Steve Zerneri, beforehand an operations supervisor at Uber, and engineer Eric Kreutzer, to assist out. Lugg is now onboarding extra individuals with vans to assist meet demand.
Like Lyft, anybody with entry to a truck can signal as much as drive for Lugg, offered they’re bodily capable of do the work which may contain shifting heavy gadgets. Two individuals are assigned to every truck, they usually can toggle on or off their availability, permitting them to set their very own schedules. Drivers are despatched on a few check strikes at first, to find out if they will deal with working for Lugg.
Brown says already a couple of individuals have give up their former jobs with different native shifting corporations to go to Lugg, as a result of they didn’t need to need to work set hours.
The service, to some extent, competes with small native movers, truck rental operations like U-Haul, and even on-demand errand runners like TaskRabbit. However the distinction is that Lugg needs to primarily give attention to smaller strikes – not, say, somebody shifting their complete condominium’s furnishings throughout city. (Properly, technically, Lugg might deal with this, however the buyer must order a number of vans.)
The plan is to not scale up the dimensions of the strikes or the space traveled, however to stay small and regional, with a purpose to not compete with native and lengthy-distance shifting corporations. Lugg’s lengthy-time period objective, says Brown, is to be stay in all main metro areas throughout the nation. He’s already planning to broaden to New York subsequent, with an expectation of with the ability to attain that metropolis someday within the second half of 2015.
Lugg, solely a workforce of three full-time, is at present bootstrapping, however is in discussions with buyers.
The app is out there as a free obtain on iTunes, and the Android model might be obtainable shortly.