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This Dutch Bicycle Company Created the Best Hack to Ship Their Bicycles

When Dutch bicycle company VanMoof got tired of their bicycles getting damaged during shipping (before arriving to their customers), they decided to do something truly ingenious and super-practical. What they came up with is one of the best hacks I’ve ever seen in business…not counting the ones people come up with using stuff from IKEA, of course.

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Image Credit: VanMoof

What’s a hack you say? Well depending on who and where you are, you might think I’m referring to a washed up Hollywood writer or Mr. Robot (you should watch that show!) or a one of those nasty coughs you get when you’re sick. But the hack I’m referring to these days is being able to transform something ordinary into something extraordinary. They printed a TV (television) on the sides of their existing packaging!

Yes, you heard correctly. After eight years in business and struggling to find a responsible way to ship “to your front door for free”, the two Dutch brothers (owners of VanMoof) had an “aha moment”. Their boxes used for shipping was roughly the same dimensions as the biggest flatscreen television you could find.

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Image Credit: Fast Co.Exist

Even after a photograph posted to Twitter resulted in the jig being up, VanMoof had still successfully managed to have shipping damage to their bicycles drop by an average of roughly 75%. That sounds like a great hack to me. On the side of the box is a little poem too that made me smile:

We like bikes

and we like you

and the rest of the world

to ride bikes

and like them too

I guess the business lessons here are to always look for clever (and unorthodox) ways to get your high-quality product in the hands of your customers or in this case to their door in the best ways possible. Sometimes the solution to the problem is staring you straight in the face. Keep your eyes open and look around for inspiration.

And finally, cutting overhead expenses is vital to maintaining your profit margins. If you’re an eCommerce business then it’s probably a good idea to find some neat hacks to reduce potential damage to your goods.

Have something to say about this article? Well why not leave a comment below so we can have a little discussion. I’d love to hear your ideas. No honestly…comment.

Featured Image: VanMoof

Now That’s Compact Living! Tour This Tiny Parisian Bachelor Pad

Here’s a YouTube channel that I’ve followed for years that consistently puts out interesting features around architecture – design, alternate building, green buildings, tiny house movement, and everything in between. In this feature (running time: 7 minutes), Filmmaker and Documentarian, Kirsten Dirksen showcases a miniature bachelor pad or as the French say, garçonnière nicknamed “The Dollhouse”.

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The small kitchen in the corner comes with all small appliances

It comes with all the “little” essentials such as a washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven. As Jaen-Malo explains, everything is custom and nothing is standard, which includes the bed that was cut to fit into the small bedroom upstairs.

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The bedroom is simple and comes with storage for clothes and shoes

Once a storage space for a flower shop, homeowner Jean-Malo spent time and money converting it into a very compact and livable space allowing him to be on the doorsteps of downtown Paris (Pigalle).

It’s practical enough to make for a comfortable home and reflects the owner’s rustic and modern style. And if you’re ever thinking about a trip to Paris, this little space is available on AirBnb for rent $140 CAD ($108 USD) per night.

Enjoy and be sure to subscribe to Kirsten’s channel for other great stories.

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