Let’s say you’re traveling to New York City for a meeting or a short trip. You’ve got time to kill before your train, but you’re burdened with your suitcase. We can tell you from experience its zero fun navigating the city lugging around a bag or briefcase. And because terror fears, gone are the days of anonymously stashing your gear in a bus terminal or hotel lockers.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a place where you could just stash your bags while you hit the town?
That was the thinking behind StoreMe. Think of it as a cross between Uber and Airbnb for luggage – it’s an on-demand mobile app that connects travelers and tourists with a place to safely store their stuff, from a few hours to up to seven days.
StoreMe was founded by Peter Korbel, who had a similar experience commuting from uptown to downtown in New York City. Often burdened with his gym bag, he thought, wouldn’t it be great if I could just pay one of these stores to watch my bag? So, with a little persuasion (and some cashola) he stashed his bag, and the idea was born.
Storage for a small item, like a handbag or tote, will run users $2 for the first hour and $1 for each additional hour, with a daily rate of $7.50. Large items go for $3 in the first hour, then $2 for each additional hour with a $14 daily rate. A $2,500 insurance policy protects purchases dropped off at the locations.
The concept is a win-win for users and retailers: Travelers win because they get to unburden themselves, and the retailer gets to monetize unused pace, which can also bring potential customers through their doors.
In addition to New York City, StoreMe is live in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philly, and is picking up about 1,500 active users a month, Korbel said.
The company is looking to scale its model to new cities. It’s currently raising a $1.2 million seed round through SeedInvest.