Wagon: The Uber for Pickups That Haul for Hire
Seattle-Based Startup Creates Innovative Service
Private ride-for-hire services, such as Uber or Lyft, have had an undeniably disruptive effect on the established for-hire transportation services such as taxi or limousine companies. So much so, that the service has been outlawed in certain areas and countries, usually at the behest of the established players in those markets. The small moving market is about to get a similar shakeup with the inception of Wagon, a haul-for-hire service that started in Seattle and is currently serving the Seattle, Portland, and Phoenix areas. The company has plans to expand the service to other areas and is always looking for new drivers for its service.
The way the service works is similar to Uber in that the user requesting the service alerts a driver in their area that they want a pickup. There is no set limit on the quantity of items that can be transported. The only limitation is the capacity of the driver’s truck. Since most drivers are solo operators, the company asks that requestors help in the loading of items into the truck. The company also offers a Wagon XL service for a higher price, utilizing larger-capacity trucks and vans. The cost for the regular service is a flat $15 for every 15 minutes, and the minimum service charge is 30 minutes. For liability and insurance reasons, Wagon-registered drivers cannot let passengers ride with them.
So if you’ve found that sweet sectional on Craigslist that you want to put in your man cave but don’t have a pickup yourself, you may soon have a transport option right at your fingertips.