By @SimonCocking

Describe the company – the elevator pitch …

Online since 2012, and as a crowdsourced delivery pioneer, PiggyBee connects people who want to get or ship something with travelers and commuters. It can be (almost) anything from (or to) anywhere across any distance (International, domestic or local). Let’s imagine you want sneakers from the US to Dublin, you have to go on, post your request and find a traveler on your request route !

Therefore, through its community, PiggyBee allows users to :
• acquire an item from a physical or online shop (CrowdShopping),
get or send personal stuff (CrowdShipping).

As a carrier, PiggyBee travelers get to:
• cover their travel expenses,
• receive a reward from the other user.

PiggyBee encourages different communities to come across and potentially, allows to meet a “local” on a long distance journey. Last but not least, by optimising space, PiggyBee is obviously an eco-friendly start-up.

How are you different?

PiggyBee differs from its competitors because it allows both crowdshipping and crowdshopping.

Why will the company/product do well?

As the sharing economy has expanded into a seeming catch-all term for companies that connect strangers through technology and platforms, we are convinced that Crowdshipping, ie delivery by travelers, will be the next big thing ! It offers amazing opportunities for people to be even more nearer from all markets in the world.

Where are you based? When was the company launched?

PiggyBee is based in Brussels, Belgium. In 2012, we introduced a bêta version with our early-adopters. And then, PiggyBee was incorporated as a company in December 2016.

What have been your biggest wins to date?

Actually there is not really a big win for us and for now, except if we consider a mention on the French TV Show « Capital » which was quite good. It attracted many visitors and subscribers.

What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?

We are targeting above all travellers and flight attendants because they are our supply. And then, if we have got enough suppliers, we could satisfy more requests.

Tell us about your team?

Entrepreneur and traveller, David is the founder and CEO of PiggyBee. He has always been an entrepreneur. Indeed, music has been his main job for the last 20 years, through the company he has built, ATS. The internet is another major interest for him. He was involved from the early days, creating an online shop to sell sound and light equipment.
PiggyBee is developed in France by Lexik with Thomas, the Project manager and Nicolas the Web developer. Basile, firstly an intern, his good work was rewarded with a place in the PiggyBee team, as David’s right-hand man.

What are your long-term plans for your product/company?

The main issue on our global service is critical mass. We’re also looking for transport partners (airlines, travel agencies, …) in order to fill up our traveller database. And in the long run, we would like to implement drop-off points to make the deliveries easier.

What are your favourite tech gadgets? What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?

Geo-Localisation is David’s passion, so it’s quite logical that it becomes PiggyBee’s one, especially to track items.

Anything else you’d like to add/we should have asked?

How the idea was born ?
After adopting his son in South Africa, David brought a tube of cream home with him from the orphanage. It worked so well at soothing his son that he wanted a steady supply, but the cream was nowhere to be found in Brussels, forcing him to rely on family members making the trip to South Africa, with no success. “This is stupid !” David thought. “Planes are taking off from Johannesburg every night for Europe. How can I get in touch with somebody?” And PiggyBee was born.

How do people get in touch with you?

[email protected]

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