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January 2018

Startup aims to ease moving and help save honeybees

HiveBoxx logoA moving company started by a real estate broker not only aims to make moving less stressful and more eco-friendly, it also strives to help bee populations locally and nationally.

Wesley Rankin drew on a decade of experience in real estate sales, including five years as owner of Hive Realty, to launch HiveBoxx, a company that offers rentable, reusable box and dolly systems. Headquartered in Seattle, the company provides simpler and more sustainable options for relocating residential and commercial customers.

Unlike cardboard, containers from HiveBoxx include various-sized plastic boxes (made from recycled materials) that are durable, water-resistant, and stackable. The moving package includes dollies, moving labels, zip ties, and free delivery and pickup.

HiveBoxx Eco Box photoPricing varies with the size of the home or office being moved, but in general range from $99 for the contents of a studio apartment to $350 for a five-bedroom home. The company also offers moving tips and checklists, and extra weeks of storage.

HiveBoxx founder Rankin said he intended his company to be mission-based and chose honeybees in part because of growing recognition of their link in the food chain and the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. A portion of the company's net profit supports local bee farms and non-profit educational bee saving projects at community farms.