Shiply.com matches people needing to move goods with transport companies going there anyway. Users list items they need to move for free, then receive low cost bids from feedback-rated transport companies.
Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo, and over 50% run only part-full. Shiply.com enables consumers and businesses to make use of this spare capacity dramatically. It cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions, increases the profitability of transport companies and slashes up to 75% off the normal cost. They now have more than 8,000 transport companies on board, 130,000 customers and 3 million visits to the web site. It far surpasses what they'd hoped for in the business plan, and as such they've been able to turn down VC funding simply because they are growing so healthily by themselves.
- Essence of the Entrepreneur winner 2009/10
- Nectar Start Up of the Year Winner 2009
- Founder Robert Matthams named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Shell
- Carbon neutral website
- Saved more than 3 million kg of carbon dioxide and more than 6 million road miles