The New Buzz in Delivery

Shipper Bee

7. Affordable and Clean Energy 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Overview

ShipperBee is an innovative company revolutionizing the current systems of delivery. By using an end-to-end transport system that utilizes cars already on their own commute in conjunction with solar powered and interconnected Hive transfer mailboxes, distribution centers are cut out of the equation. Effectively, ShipperBee promotes affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities and partnerships for the goals. These UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved through ShipperBee’s ability to provide a cleaner and more affordable shipping model that reduces the costs and pollution associated with conventional shipping methods.

Authors

Navraj singh

Navraj singh

Gavin Vermeersch

Gavin Vermeersch

Mathieu Gilmour

Mathieu Gilmour

School

University of Guelph

University of Guelph

Professor

Ruben Burga

Ruben Burga

Innovation

ShipperBee is providing and developing a new frontier for delivering. This model creates a 3-sided marketplace composed of the shipping customers, the hive host and commuter drivers. The whole infrastructure is designed to utilize vehicles that are already commuting to the final destination of the parcel.

These “hives”, which are essentially mailbox units for the parcels, play a crucial role in delivering parcels. The hosts of these hives are situated in convenient and popular locations for local drivers to drop off and for commuter drivers to pick up these parcels for their journey to their destined locations. Such locations would be gas stations, which drivers have to stop by anyway to refuel.

But what does this mean for shipping customers? The short answer is everything. Shipping customers often require large distribution centers to deliver their parcels to the customers, which comes with handling charges, fuel surcharges and a list of other hidden fees! ShipperBee eliminates these burdens for businesses by getting the parcel to the customer with only a fraction of the cost. "Shipping is one of the biggest expenses for small to medium size businesses. Our belief is that we are that company that’s helping these businesses become more competitive"

The New Buzz in Delivery

Inspiration

Jim Estill, founder and CEO of ShipperBee, had drawn his inspiration for this company in January 2018 during a commute to Toronto. For him, this was no ordinary experience but instead the seed that would grow into ShipperBee, officially beginning their service in September 2019.

“Jim was stuck in traffic on his way to Toronto. He couldn’t understand why cars and trucks couldn’t be better utilized with respect to their space. So, he wondered how he could create a network driven by technology that taps into resources that were already on the road to move parcels”

However, Jim’s innovative capability is not a matter of luck, but repetition and perfection. Jim Estill is a name associated with serial investing, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Jim was the recipient of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Ontario Award. He has developed multiple purposeful businesses, and sponsored 100 Syrian refugee families within local communities. He has received the Order of Ontario in June 2017 and was named to the Order of Canada in July 2018 for his efforts.


Overall impact

Shipper Bee is a novel company its field, disrupting the current, ineffective methods of transport with newer, eco-friendly and most importantly, sustainable methods. Beginning the company 2019, ShipperBee understands the current need for developing a profitable yet sustainable business. Using their current infrastructure, by eliminating the pollution associated with distribution centres, ShipperBee promotes a calculated 70% reduction in pollution per delivery of a parcel. Yes, 70 percent, a number approved by CleanTech in association with the University of Toronto. Not only that, but the costs associated for shipping customers to use large distribution centers is reduced to only a fraction when using ShipperBee instead. Therefore, it comes as no shock that ShipperBee promotes affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth through providing jobs for everyday drivers, sustainable cities and communities using current models of clean energy, and partnerships for the goals by working with the indefinite number of businesses who require the best shipping service.

But this is only the beginning. The company plans to expand this sustainable business all over North America. Already in partnership with BP, ShipperBee is looking to develop Hive networks across the continent. As the company grows, the goal is to have every business using ShipperBee. “We would love, in 5 years from now, that everyone takes a parcel everywhere they go because it is so convenient!” In promoting this business across borders, the company also plan to develop Driver Happiness Centers that focus on keeping their drivers “feeling respected and productive by seeing the value in what they are doing”. To further maximize efficiency, the company may even look into utilizing the transport trucks, “If there are trucks on the road with empty space, we want to use that space.”


Business benefit

Shipper Bee from the ground up is operating in a more sustainable way, and this has had innumerable benefits to their business. Their innovation on shipping allows them to cut costs and transfer these savings onto their customers as well as their drivers. Their reduced shipping rates and better compensation has allowed them to attract a growing customer base and compete with larger shipping companies. As well, their sustainable model is attractive as more consumers become environmentally aware.

The current shipping industry is beginning to move toward electric cars. But replacing their fleets is costly and time-consuming. Shipper Bee circumvents this by integrating sustainability into their model from the beginning, allowing them to compete as an industry disruptor.

Shipper Bee is still within its first year of full operation but has seen enormous success with its innovation. It is well on its way to becoming a certified B corporation.

Social and environmental benefit

The innovation created by Shipper Bee has had far reaching effects on society and the environment. It has saved both individuals and many businesses vast chunks of money by cutting out intermediaries like shipping companies. The unique Hive transfer mailboxes play an integral role in their business model, which connects drivers with the parcels. Shipper Bee estimates that the gas stations and stores can generate up to 10 million dollars every year by becoming the hosts of the hives. The product is already helping the major gas stations in raising revenues through gas and car washes from the drivers who stop by to pick up the parcels. Shipper Bee also pays the hosts for every parcel that passes through their Hive. This allows other businesses to raise money by becoming the hosts of the hives. Their innovation also reduces carbon emissions per package by 73%.

Shipper Bee’s efforts are also curbing the amount of waste entering landfills by reducing the amount of excess and wasteful packaging needed for each parcel. Their system, in tapping into existing transportation, also helps to slow the amount of worn truck tires being thrown out.

Shipper Bee believes in doing what is right always. They empower their drivers through competitive compensation plans, encourage shippers and hive hosts to limit emissions, and offer bonuses for drivers with hybrid cars to incentivize more eco-friendly travel.



Interview

Lynda Murray, Chief Marketing Officer

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Shipper Bee

Shipper Bee

Guelph, Ontario, CA

Business Website: https://www.shipperbee.com/

Year Founded: 2019

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

ShipperBee is a new of its kind, eco-friendly delivery company that operates an end-to-end transport system utilizing drivers already on the go, effectively reducing the cost of shipping.