When we first interviewed PockitShip president Garrett O’Shea back in December 2015, he had an app on his mind. Specifically, an app PockitShip users could employ to make shipping stuff directly from the eponymous “pocket” a more literal reality.
“We want people to be able to take their phone out, take a picture and pretty much get a quote right there on site,” O’Shea said in an interview at the time. “Then a truck will swing by in an Uber-like fashion and pick your stuff up.”
Eleven months later, on Nov. 21, the Falls Church-based on-demand pickup and delivery startup announced that it has finally released exactly such an app — free and available via iOS and Android. It’s just in time for the holiday shopping season, too.
The app was built with D.C. dev firm Mobomo Apps.
— MOBOMO (@MobomoApps) November 2, 2016
Recall — PockitShip hopes to be a go-to solution for all kinds of pickup and delivery situations. This could mean helping a Craigslist buyer get their bulky item to its new home, helping move furniture to a new apartment or doing door-to-door delivery for the things you buy at retail stores that lack built-in shipping options. A customer wishing to move an item can simply input pickup and delivery addresses, describe the item and upload a picture of it and then schedule a convenient pick up time. The basic service starts at $99 for items that weight less than 250 pounds.
“PockitShip’s innovative platform is also helping brick-and-mortar stores across the D.C. metro region improve customer service by providing them with a faster, more efficient way to facilitate home deliveries,” a press release declares.
“A process that used to take weeks, now takes a day or less,” CEO Steve Senkus said. And now, with the new app, all the necessary tools are already in your pocket.
The company has raised $1.7 million in funding to date, according to the press release.-30-