Interview with Robert Matthams from Shiply
We all know that picking up, or delivering larger items on eBay can be a pain. Â Shiply is a service which aims to make this process painless. Â I caught with with Robert Matthams the CEO.
Shiply has been likened to eBay but moving stuff. Â Everyday people list items they need to move on the site for free, and then get bids from over 16,000 transport companies who are already making similar journeys. Â The end result is fewer empty lorries and more happy customers saving up to 75% on their deliveries.
Weâ€™ve also found there is a lot of interest from eBay users, with around 40% of all deliveries being eBay items, typically â€œlocal collectâ€ goods.
Yes, Shiply now attracts a new quote request every 40 seconds on the site.
We do now have some competition in the UK, as we had expected when we launched. Â Yes, our core market is large, bulky and heavy items or the â€œbig and uglyâ€ as itâ€™s known in the industry. Â These types of â€œdifficultâ€ items have historically always been expensive to move, but with Shiply, weâ€™ve made the possibility of moving these larger items easier, cheaper and greener. Â People are moving everything from small pieces of furniture, to cars, house removals and even super yachts! Â To date, over 250,000 items have been listed to move.
Obviously we will continue to expand on our success here in the UK, but we also have other territories which we are entering into. Â Shiply Germany for example launched last year and our Italian, French, Spanish & Dutch sites have now also gone live.