Bounce, the San Francisco-based startup that provides short-term luggage storage solutions, has launched in Seattle.
Catering to anyone who doesn’t feel like lugging their stuff around town, whether they’re travelers or residents, Bounce partners with local businesses who provide unused space as temporary storage space. Online or via the app (iOS, Android), users can pick a location, reserve, drop off items and go — for as little as $5.90 per item.
Restaurants, hotels, retail stores and other partners can serve as locations in key areas of the city, allowing travelers especially to make the most of a long layover without the burden of carrying bags. In Seattle, there are 11 such drop-off spots so far. Bounce is in at least 18 U.S. cities, with plans for expansion to many more.
The company says on its website FAQ that it personally vets every location that is signed up on the platform and that those locations are required to store items out of reach from other customers. Every item is tagged and sealed and comes with a $5,000 insurance guarantee.
“I went to Seattle first in 2013 … one thing I noticed was that there were many super walkable areas in the city, but many of the areas are far away from each other,” Bounce co-founder Cody Candee said in a news release. “Keeping this in mind for the launch of Bounce, we made sure to hit each of these key hotspots to enable travelers, commuters and locals with a happier and lighter travel experience.”
Bounce raised $1.2 million in seed funding last year.