It’s that time of year, when you dread that inevitable spring-cleaning task list. You arm yourself with gloves, boxes, and enough cleaning detergents to battle every hidden spot of dirt under all of that clutter. You strengthen your resolve, and negotiate with yourself to accept that things must be thrown out this spring. There’s no room in your cramped apartment to hang on to those novelty costumes you wore at last year’s Halloween office party, or that box of old jigsaw puzzles that you promised yourself you would complete last January. But, what if you don’t have to throw out these odd knick-knacks anymore? Spring clean by all means, but don’t quickly dismiss certain items that carry meaning or ideas you wish to revisit. Once you give in to reality, there’s no more room to dream!
The good people at Boxit.co will offer you the simple solution of ‘boxing’ it! Eight months ago, Co-Founder and CEO of Boxit Premlal P.K faced a very similar conundrum. What if you simply don’t want to throw away certain items when you’re faced with the physical constrictions of modern-day life in Kuwait? With his strong background in logistics, Premlal set about to answer this question, and returned with the genius idea of digitizing the process of storage, versus the traditional model of storage lockers that have become extremely expensive these days, with Boxit.co.
This physical storage startup is certainly making big waves in the region. Alongside partner and Chairman Sabah Albader, Boxit.co is setting the standards in the storage industry with a smarter edge, allowing customers to take up a box of storage that is completely customizable, and accessed digitally at any time with the swipe of a screen or touch of a button. The Kuwait-based physical storage startup also won first place from Kuwait in the GCC Pitch Challenge organized by Startup Mena for the simple genius behind digitizing traditional storage solutions. In doing so, they’ve qualified for the mega final to be held in Abu Dhabi at the end of April.
The way it works couldn’t be simpler! All you need to do is to visit the website boxit.co, or download the app, register online, order your box. Upon placing your order, your pretty, sturdy blue box arrives for you to organize and manage according to your preference. You can create a catalogue of the items that you store to correspond to your box’s name or label. This way, when the box is placed in storage by the good people at Boxit, rest assured that you can access and view the contents of this box lest you need something from it! Once you’re done, you can schedule a time for Boxit to come pick up the box and store it, and the same applies for when you wish to physically access the box in the future.
Sabah said, “We considered the notion of renting a storage locker to store our customers’ belongings, and thought of the very common situation where people tend to only take up a small volume of the room. So we thought about compartmentalizing this idea into a box, where many people could potentially share a space, but each person has their own personal space simultaneously.” With Boxit, you pay per box, per month. That’s it. No hidden fees or costs, just the cost of KD 3 per box. You don’t need to worry about anything except for your own box. This flexibility, along with the ability to create a virtual catalogue of your stored belongings and managing your boxed items via an app and website, makes Boxit stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Before pitching the idea to Sabah, Premlal worked smartly. An avid proponent of the Lean Startup Approach, he consulted with the experts at Sirdab Lab to test out the idea before they widened their competitive research. While the idea was widely received, he searched and thought long and hard about the defining factor that would separate Boxit.co from the competition: digitizing and personalizing the complicated matter of storage and making it easy and accessible to the average user. Sabah added, “When I heard about the idea, I said yes, right there and then!”
Premlal explained to bazaar that customers would enjoy cataloguing and personalizing their virtual storage systems, because this is how we think nowadays. We couldn’t agree more. We’re Dropbox addicts, Evernote users, and we hashtag our everyday terms and think in ‘tags’ and store our files in a virtual cloud. When it comes to solving our home organizational and storage woes, why should the process be any different?
For Sabah, this startup endeavor is exhilarating. “I feel like Boxit is completely different from anything I’ve worked on before. Premlal came up with something special. It’s happening right now, and the recognition we are earning for this simple idea proves that we are doing something right.” Premlal concluded, “Having a partner and investor that understands the value of an idea, how scalable it could be, and taking a risk and embarking on a startup journey is no easy feat. I am lucky to be partnered up with Sabah!”
Stop hoarding, and Boxit today! Visit boxit.co to register and get your safe, flood/fire/theft proof box delivered to you today! Stay tuned to their latest updates by following them on Instagram @BoxItStorage.