After closing down more than a year ago, Shyp is preparing to roll out again. The company was once among the hottest upstarts in the on-demand space before shuttering in March of last year, according to reports.
The company wrote in a Twitter post, “We are back! We’re hard at work to rebuild an unparalleled shipping experience. Before we begin operations again, we’d love to hear your feedback in this quick survey.” It continued in the post, “We look forward to working with you and can't wait to change the future of shipping!”
The survey is said to focus on returns for eCommerce along with the difficulty of packaging return products, printing labels that are prepaid and buying postage. However, reports indicate that the final question may provide a glimpse into the direction of the company: It inquired, “When returning a product, how likely would you be to use a service that picked up and shipped the product instead of having to ship it yourself?”
Last March, Kevin Gibbon, who was the CEO at the time, announced that the company would be shutting down in a blog post titled, “I Can’t Wait for You to See What We Do Next.” Gibbon wrote at the time, “In 2014, we launched Shyp to make shipping items anywhere around the world as easy as two taps on a smartphone.” Gibbon continued at the time, “Almost immediately, it was clear the idea resonated. We couldn’t keep up with the growth. Customers were pouring in and shipments were pouring out. Our service took everything people disliked about shipping — from finding a box to waiting in line at the post office — and eliminated it.”
Shyp had sought to take the guesswork out of weighing packages and to take shipping cost calculations away from consumers in addition to discovering the most fiscally prudent way to ship items. And, by 2015, the firm was valued at $250 million and was being compared to other successful startups like Uber.