The service is already running in the US and is based on the Shyp model, the company aim to “bring digital convenience to the first mile of a package’s journey”. The company said that it has raised £100,000 in early investments from angel investors, with a round of seed funding expected shortly.
The way it works is that customers take a picture of the item they would like to send using their app and press the ‘Pickup Now’ button. A Weengs Angel will then collect the item from their home or office within 15 minutes. Items are then wrapped at no extra cost at a central hub before being distributed by one of Weengs’ partner carriers, which include Royal Mail, ParcelForce, Hermes, UPS and DHL. If a customer wishes to send a parcel internationally Weengs will handle all documentation required for International Customs. Weengs charges a flat fee of £5.00 per collection plus the cost of delivery. There are three speed options for delivery: economy (default), and two express options guaranteed to arrive by the date in-app. If selected as an option, packages may also include tracking.
The service is currently available Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm in selected parts of East London. As the company progresses they are looking to offer the service 7 days a week with extended operating hours of 8:00am to 8:00pm. Commenting on the launch, Greg Zontanos, Co-Founder at Weengs said: “With on-demand TV, 24 hour shopping and services like Uber on the market, consumers now regularly expect instant gratification. So we built Weengs with that in mind, creating a service that made it easy to ship anything, anywhere for the best price at the tap of a button.”