Ghostruck, the on-demand platform that connects consumers with professionally licensed and insured movers for jobs both big and small, today announced service in 13 major markets across the country: Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Francisco, Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles; San Diego; Denver; Austin, Texas; Miami; Washington, D.C./Arlington; and Boston.
“Everyone understands the pain of moving, or moving something that cannot easily fit in a car or a pick-up truck – whether that’s packing up your whole apartment, waiting forever to have new furniture delivered, or trying to find a friend to help pick up a couch you bought on Craigslist,” said Nathanael Nienaber, Ghostruck co-founder and CEO. “Ghostruck takes the hassle out of moving your stuff, making the process as easy as snapping a few photos from your smartphone.”
Ghostruck’s model makes use of the empty moving trucks on the road at any given time. In fact, “ghost truck” is an industry term for an empty truck heading to home base after it has delivered its goods and completed a job. One-quarter of moving trucks on the road today are completely empty and almost half (48 percent) have extra room. By filling this empty space in existing professional moving trucks, Ghostruck enhances the industry at large, maximizing efficiency and keeping prices down.
After consumers download the app, users then:
1. Upload photos and brief descriptions of the items you need to move.
2. Add a pickup and delivery address – or select “Make It Disappear” to have Ghostruck donate or dispose of it for you.
3. Choose a pickup window that suits your schedule.
4. Receive a fixed price, then go ahead and book if you like what you see.
5. Sit back, relax and let Ghostruck handle the rest.
Ghostruck’s rollout to cities across the country follows a 10-month pilot in Seattle. Prior to founding Ghostruck, Nienaber spent nearly a decade at Georgia-Pacific, one of the leading manufacturers and largest shippers in the US, while co-founder Matt Hocking was the lead designer on a location-based dating app. Nienaber saw the problem of empty trucks on the road and, much like a dating service, Hocking identified an opportunity to foster connections between people, businesses and movers. Ghostruck was born from the combination of these two opportunities. The company received $2.2 million in seed funding in the third quarter of 2014.