Boxly, a startup business specializing in valet self-storage services, recently launched in Melbourne, Australia. The company uses an online platform that allows customers to schedule free item pickup, maintain an image catalog of stored bins and bulky items, and schedule delivery of items to their home.
Similar to other valet-style storage operators, Boxly offers by-the-bin storage targeted at urban residents who don’t have adequate home storage. Customers pay $12 per month to store a minimum of two bins and $6 per month per bin for additional boxes. Prices for bulky items vary but start at $6 per item per month, according to the company website. Home delivery is $20 for as many bins as the customer needs returned. The company will also ship to anywhere in the world for added fees.
Co-founders Ronan Fenton and Misha Saul believe valet storage will fill a void for customers who don’t need large amounts of storage space but have seasonal or infrequently used items that clutter their homes.
“I think it generally fits into the idea that property prices are rising in major capital cities, living quarters are getting smaller, businesses have less space, and smaller apartments are getting built,” Saul told the source. “If you go skiing or camping once or twice a year, that’s really bulky stuff, and it’s taking up half your wardrobe space or just sitting in a corner. You wouldn’t think about putting it in storage, but now you’re able to have them outside of your home but always having it at your fingertips. We’re about making that experience a lot more affordable and also in a very hassle-free way.”
Boxly follows SpaceWays, which launched valet-storage services in Sydney earlier this year. Boxly plans to eventually serve other metro markets in Australia and New Zealand, according to the company website.