When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.
At times, in servicing our BungoBox Denver Territory, Mr. Berra’s Quote is apropos.
Our first year of operations has found BungoBox on the top of Floyd Hill at an elevation of almost 10,000 ft, in the approaches of the Continental Divide west of Pinecliffe up Coal Creek Canyon, and in the outer reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park outside of Lyons. All making moving easy with no cardboard waste for our customers.
With a $75 minimum order, Delivery and Pick-Up is included in the Seven County Metro Denver Area. This includes Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, Broomfield and Boulder Counties.
We make moving easy for a population of 2.7 million people covering 4,530 square miles – about three times the size of Rhode Island.
· Moving from Larkspur to Longmont? Delivery and Pick-up is included.
· Moving from Bennett to Boulder? Deliver and Pick-Up is included.
· Moving from Castle Rock to Conifer? Deliver and Pick-Up is included.
And for good measure, we also include nearby locations like Idaho Springs and Elizabeth. Of course, we also expertly make moving easy for in-town locations i.e, Washington Park, The Highlands, Park Hill, LODO, River North, Littleton, Arvada, Centennial, Aurora, Westminster, etc. Have questions on our service area? Feel free to call or email direct the BungoBox – Denver Location.
BungoBox Earns 9News Hot Product Zone Award
Out of 650 exhibitors, BungoBox was selected as one of nine companies to earn the merit of 2013 Hot Product by 9News at the Colorado Home and Garden Show February 15 -23, 2013.
As the first plastic moving box Rental Company in the greater Denver market, BungoBox earned the distinction by providing an innovative option to using traditional cardboard moving boxes for residential relocations.
The BungoBox Denver team demonstrated to over 60,000 Home Show attendees that renting BungoBoxes makes moving easier, less expensive, and eco-friendly compared to purchasing cardboard boxes.
The award provided for a special display area at the Show Entrance along with in-booth designation and website and program designation. The highlight was attending a 9News live taping of featured hot products with Channel 9 Anchor Mark Koebrich. The segment aired on both the 5 pm and 9 pm broadcast and can be seen again here: http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2147304147001
Memorial day is upon us. While many of us choose to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom by drinking beer, sitting in the sun and gorging ourselves on meat, many of you have chosen it as the best weekend of the year to pack up your house and move to a new one. You’re probably the same person who walks by the bakery on the way to the gym. You must hate yourself.
But we love you! That’s why we’ve come up with these 5 tips to help you with your up coming move.
1. Master Plan – Gather everyone in your household and put together a master to do list. This includes the kids, the cat, the dog and your pet guinea pig that your children just had to have and promised to take care of forever not realizing that the expiration date on forever is measured in days, not years. Nobody gets a free pass on moving day.
2. Research and find vendors
- Boxes – While we are unabashedly biased in thinking you should order up some our amazing plastic moving boxes you can certainly choose to pickup some cardboard boxes… If you want your move to suck. When your son’s baseball trophy drops on the floor and shatters into a million pieces because you packed it in cardboard you’ll hear us in the back of your mind saying we told you so. That’s how we roll.
- Find a mover – We recommend checking out uShip and letting movers bid to help you out. Tons of movers all bidding to be the one to earn your business; The narcissist in you will love it and you’ll end up saving some coin.
- Rent a truck – If you’re going to be moving yourself check out Penske for your truck rental needs and if you rent through their link on partners page you can save 10% and that doesn’t suck. Remember to reserve your truck early as they are a finite resource and making a thousand trips back and forth in your Prius is highly inefficient.
- Transfer utilities and forward mail – You can call all of your utility providers individually, yelling your way through their automated phone system until you finally reach that helpful person on the other end of the line. Alternately, you can do it all in one place at our partner Updater.com
- Self Storage – If you’re downsizing and need a place to temporarily store some stuff or just want to keep your new place from looking like the set of Hoarders you can get the best deal on a storage unit at Sparefoot.
- Hire moving labor – Want to sit back and enjoy the weekend like the rest of us while someone else packs and moves your stuff? Then Elite Moving Labor is the place for you. Get a professional moving team, small or large to handle all the hard work for you while you sip on umbrella drinks and make sure the mountains on your beer can maintain the perfect shade of blue.
3. Purging in 3 piles – Are you going to use your move as an excuse to upgrade your wardrobe or furnishings? Separate your items into 3 piles:
- Sell – get some money for those things you don’t love anymore (remember that guinea pig from before?). Have a garage sale or sell it online.
- Donate – Donate items to a local or national charity. Most places accept clothing and non-perishable food items and some local shelters may accept shampoo and soap products.
- Recycle or trash – Lastly, any items you can’t sell or donate can be recycled if possible or trashed as a last resort.
4. Keep important items with you – Keep your prized possessions close to you if at all possible. Your great-great-great grandmother’s wedding ring and your world record Rubik’s cube will grow legs during a move. Whenever possible keep items like that in your personal vehicle for the move to the new place.
Also you may want to make a box of important items that you’ll need immediately and keep it with you. Things like toiletries, cleaning supplies, medications and kitchen utensils. You may want to pack some snack foods away in there too to appease the kids or yourself. Man I love Animal Crackers.
5. Plan ahead – Whether it’s your rental truck, hiring a mover or ordering BungoBoxes, always try to plan ahead. Every item you can check off the list ahead of time is one less thing to try to stuff into the Friday before your weekend move date. Get some packing done ahead of time. We recommend getting your BungoBoxes at least 1 week ahead of your move date and most people will keep them 1 week after the move date to unpack. Also, plan ahead when trying to wrangle your friends and family into joining your weekend adventure. If you’re going to shame them into helping you move at least give them ample time to psych themselves up. While positive reinforcement goes a long way (“You’re really dropping my fragile items like a champ, Bob!”) don’t forget to plan ahead to take care of the pizza and beer needed to get through the day. Your helper’s will be a lot happier. It’s the law… and if it’s not, it should be.
If you find our tips helpful feel free to leave us a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day and remember to take time out of your holiday weekend whether you’re moving or relaxing and give thanks to those who have given everything so that we can continue to enjoy this beautiful country of ours.
- BungoBox Basics
Published on ceoblognation.com
I came up with the name PungoBox one day. Pungo means move in Latin, so it seemed like a good fit. I told my cousin, Bob, who co-founded the company with me, and he thought I said BungoBox. Turns out, we liked that name even better and it stuck. We wanted a name that would become synonymous with moving box rental. We were looking for something unique, something memorable. Trademarks were available, domain names were available. We got to create a really snarky brand, and nobody has a preconceived notion about it, so we get to define what it means.
Published in Florida Trend
BungoBox: The fast-growing Orlando-based company with the catchy name and edgy slogan -- "We Make Moving Less Sucky" -- was founded in 2009 and recently awarded its 21st franchise to serve the New York City area. BungoBox rents reusable, interlocking plastic moving containers.
Published on entrepreneur.com
Employees: 7 franchise-company employees
Tom Cannon worked in sales, marketing and distribution for a manufacturing company when a buddy's move inspired a business idea: Give movers access to the same reusable plastic boxes that manufacturers use to store and move small parts. BungoBox was born. Renting from BungoBox costs half as much as buying cardboard boxes, says Cannon, and saves time on packing and unpacking.
Not many people were moving when the company launched in 2009, but “we didn't know the difference,” says Cannon, who teamed up with his cousin Bob Cannon. “We were still growing.” The recession had its benefits: “We bought our building out of foreclosure and got our trucks for a fraction of what we would have paid,” he says. The company, which is a franchise, now has 20 locations in the United States and Canada.
Orlando Entrepreneurs Say Magic is Returning
By Sarah Max, published on entrepreneur.com
Editor's note: We've been taking a virtual tour of U.S. cities to see how the 2008 financial crisis changed the entrepreneurial landscape, for better or worse. Read about New York, Houston, Washington, Baton Rouge, La., Boise, Idaho and Indianapolis.
The financial crisis hit Orlando with a one-two punch.
First tourism took it on the chin – obviously a big blow give that the region is home to Disney World, Universal Studios and other major theme parks. Then the housing market doubled over, wiping out home equity and many construction and real estate jobs in the process. The median single-family home sales, according to Zillow, plunged to $140,000 in early 2011 from more than $320,000 in 2007.
“It got to the point where you could no longer assume a restaurant you wanted to go to was still in business,” recalls Richard Fox, a serial entrepreneur and partner with the Astralis Group, which advises and invests in concept-stage companies. “You had to call and check before you planned to meet there.”
As in other cities around the country, the recession was a catalyst for many would-be entrepreneurs to try to make a go of it. In Orlando, though, funding seemed even tougher to come by. Local angel investors were bent on protecting their depleted assets, says Fox, and venture capital funding in the region came to a screeching halt. Home equity had been a popular source of initial funding. “But we know what happened to that,” says Gordon Hogan, director of the University of Central Florida Business Incubator Program, which saw applications drop by 25%.
Ted Murphy, founder of IZEA, a company that connects national advertisers with social media influencers, was forced to let go of half of his staff after one of his VC backers told him he needed to “cut off one arm and one leg and see if we could still swim,” Murphy recalls. “It was a huge blow for morale.” On the bright side, it forced the company to “figure out what we do well.” Within 18 months IZEA doubled its profit margin, he says, and in 2011 it went public.
Nearly five years since the start of the Great Recession, some of the magic has returned to the city. Tourism dollars are coming back, home prices are creeping higher, and the unemployment rate – which averaged 11% in 2010 on a non-seasonally adjusted basis – was 7.1% in February.
Entrepreneurs, meanwhile, are starting to emerge from the rubble.
“It feels like there’s a startup and tech renaissance,” says Murphy, who met with four different startups last week alone to share advice gleaned from his own experiences. New ventures are migrating to office space downtown, sparking networking and enthusiasm. Design and development studios such as Envy Labs are cropping up. Established telephony company Voxeo hosts a co-working space for startups in its downtown space.
Meanwhile, startups are doing a better job mobilizing, says Murphy, who’s hosting a Trucks & Tech event later this month, bringing together food trucks and techies. The city is also gearing up for its third Startup Weekend, which has sold out every year since its 2011 launch. Venture Pitch Orlando will follow in May.
Most people around the country know Orlando as a vacation destination – and sometimes that has its drawbacks, says Tom Cannon, who cofounded the reusable packaging supply franchise BungoBox in 2009. But it also has its advantages – including cheap direct flights to virtually every major city in the country “and from a franchise sales perspective it doesn’t hurt to have your location near the mouse house,” he says, referring to the Disney complex.
The tax situation is also a huge benefit. Florida has no state income tax “and the state really does make a point of keeping business taxes so low they are almost not a consideration,” adds Fox.
While tourism is certainly a major part of the economy, the area also has a considerable high-tech presence, thanks in part to its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and the Army’s Simulation and Training Technology Center. More than two dozen colleges, universities or campus branches – the Florida Institute of Technology, Rollins College and University of Central Florida among them – call the region home, and many host incubators, venture labs and business plan competitions.
“One of our VCs wanted us to relocate to Silicon Valley, and my response was ‘in that case we’ll need a lot more money because our costs are going to double,’” notes Murphy. Indeed, one big advantage of launching in Orlando, he says, is “you’re not competing against the 800 pound gorillas for talent.”
Funding is still hard to come by, say entrepreneurs of a common complaint in most cities outside Silicon Valley. “But there’s no longer a feeling that just one dollar bill is available and circulating from one person to the next,” says Fox, adding that these days he’s only calling ahead to restaurants when he thinks he needs a reservation.
Corrections & Amplifications: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of Tom Cannon, co-founder of BungoBox.