November 15, 2018
BabyQuip Introduces "Travel Happy" Baby Gear Rental Gift Cards as New Data Shows Packing, The Flight, and Lack of Gear at Their Destination are Top Holiday Family Travel Stressors
Up to 10,000 Fewer Pieces of Baggage Will Be Checked This Holiday Season as Families Pack Light and Rent Baby Gear, Toys & Holiday Decorations at their Destination
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- BabyQuip, the leading baby gear rental service and marketplace, today announced the first "Travel Happy" gift card for US baby gear rentals. Friends and family can now gift easier family travel to parents visiting 300 destinations this holiday season. The gift cards, which can be purchased on the BabyQuip site and on Amazon, are available in values ranging from $25 to $250. On Cyber Monday the company will offer a 20% discount on the $100 gift card, making it available for purchase at $80, only on Monday, November 26, 2018
Gift cards can be used to order quality baby equipment that will be delivered and set up at a family's travel destination. This helps traveling families enjoy a home-like holiday experience wherever they stay. As BabyQuip continues to popularize baby gear and toy rentals throughout the US and Canada, the company believes families will lug fewer bulky baby gear items through airports and check up to 10,000 fewer pieces of baggage during the upcoming holidays.
When asked about the most stressful aspect of family travel in a November 2018 survey, BabyQuip's parent customers reported packing (29%), the flight (26%) and not having the baby equipment they need at their destination (23%) as top family-travel stressors. Grandparents were most likely to feel stressed about not having the baby gear they need in their home when hosting visiting grandchildren.
With more than 15,000 reservations to date, and as more and more parents and grandparents elect to rent baby equipment for family travel, BabyQuip can make the following predictions about the upcoming family travel holidays:
- Jogging strollers will sell out Thanksgiving week, as parents plan to burn off extra calories.
- High chair rentals will surge for Thanksgiving and Christmas family meals.
- Full-size wooden cribs will be the most frequently rented item in November and December, helping babies sleep better and more safely.
- Airbnbs and hotel rooms will be more festive, as BabyQuip Quality Providers deliver a wide array of holiday decorations this season, including Menorahs and dreidels, pre-lit Christmas trees, Santa snack plates and stockings to hang by any chimney with care.
"As BabyQuip enters our third Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah family travel season, we are thrilled to introduce gift cards as a thoughtful and useful gift for the family travelers on anyone's list," said Fran Maier, Founder and CEO of BabyQuip. "As baby gear rental grows in popularity, we're gearing up for a record-breaking holiday season, especially as we continue to train and add new Independent Quality Providers to the BabyQuip platform and open new markets weekly."
BabyQuip, formerly Babierge, is the leading baby gear service and marketplace in the US and Canada. The company has already served more than 15,000 orders to traveling families visiting 300 destinations in the US and Canada. A winner of Sunset Magazine's 2018 Best Travel Hack for Families Award, BabyQuip helps families pack light and travel happy by delivering and setting-up exceptionally clean, quality and insured baby gear at their hotel, Airbnb, other vacation rental, or grandparent's home. As a branded multi-sided marketplace, the BabyQuip platform enables on-the-ground "Quality Providers," independent contractors and mom 'n pop businesses, to build a solid business renting gear that they own. Mostly moms, Quality Providers benefit from liability insurance, an active and supportive community, ongoing training regarding product safety and cleanliness and leads generated from both online advertising and through strategic partnerships. Quality Providers' average monthly earnings exceed those of most other gig economy opportunities. Parents and grandparents love BabyQuip because of the company's commitment to exceptional hospitality and cleanliness standards. Learn more about BabyQuip on LinkedIn, follow the company on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.Contacts:
September 7, 2018
New Data Shows Women Love Their Side Hustles and It's Not All About the Money
"Women in the Gig Economy 2018" Reveals Women Value Flexibility, Income and Entrepreneurship
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey of more than 1,000 women with side hustles reveals that the top three reasons women choose independent work are: flexibility (44 percent), income (38 percent) and entrepreneurship (25 percent). Commissioned by BabyQuip (www.babyquip.com), Ruby Ribbon (www.rubyribbon.com) and UrbanSitter (www.urbansitter.com) "Women in the Gig Economy 2018" provides an in-depth look at a cross section of women who make income working side hustles either as their sole source of income or as a complement to full time work. The findings show that the majority (95 percent) of women with side hustles find the work fulfilling and nearly a third (32 percent) say they plan to continue doing independent flexible work forever.
The gig economy is steadily reshaping the workforce as evidenced by the May 2018 Gig Economy Index, which reported that roughly 40 percent of the U.S. workforce makes 40 percent of its income through gig work. "Women in the Gig Economy 2018" sought to examine the landscape as it pertains specifically to women who have chosen side hustles to earn supplementary or primary income. The resulting data creates a snapshot of how and why women gig in 2018.
When asked why they choose to side hustle, "flexibility" was the most frequent answer, with 44 percent of women indicating it is one of the primary reasons.
More specifically, when rating how important various aspects of their gig economy work was to them, 65 percent of respondents indicated flexibility is "extremely important," with another 30 percent saying it is "very important." In all, flexibility is important to 95 percent of respondents. What's more, women with children under age 5 were more likely to select "more time with children" (54 percent), another form of flexibility, as the reason they gig.
"Even in an era of historically high employment, women are choosing a side hustle," said Anna Zornosa, CEO of Ruby Ribbon. "In spite of the growing demand for full-time workers, these findings indicate that women are going to continue with their gig economy jobs, which offer them fulfillment and flexibility, as well as a satisfactory income."
Income is Important
While flexibility is the leading reason women report they gig, income is a close second. Overall, 38 percent of women indicated they side hustle to "earn a good income." When asked to rate how much importance they place on various aspects of their side hustles, "earning money" was most likely to be rated "extremely important" (66 percent).
More than half of respondents (54 percent) reported adding over $500 to their monthly household incomes through their side hustles. Most (57 percent) reported that their hourly earnings were below $20, with the balance (43 percent) reporting earning $20 or more per hour. Women were most likely to report they gigged between 5 and 9 hours a week.
Most women reported they are either "somewhat" satisfied (56 percent) or "extremely" satisfied (20 percent) with the money they earn. Only 12 percent of women report being dissatisfied with their earnings. The survey found that women who have been doing this work for 3 or more years enjoy higher earnings, with 59 percent earning $500 or more and over a third (36 percent) earning over $999 per month.
Women most commonly report that they use their side hustle earnings to cover general household expenses like mortgage and rent, car payments and food costs. When considering only age, women in their 20s are the most likely age group to use earnings to pay off student loans and other debt, while women in their 50s and 60s are the most likely age groups to use side gig income to save for retirement. The survey also found that most prefer to have an independent contractor relationship with the company that provides their side hustle opportunities (61 percent), rather than being traditional employees (12 percent).
"The gig economy appeals to women of all ages, and we're not surprised that the ways they use their side hustle incomes differs by life stage," said Fran Maier, Founder and CEO of BabyQuip. "What excites us is that they enjoy this kind of work and we are looking forward to creating great opportunities for them at any age or life stage."
Entrepreneurship is Evolving
Entrepreneurship was the third most popular answer (25 percent) to the question asking participants why they gig. More than half of the women surveyed (58 percent) rated "build my own business" as being "very important" or "extremely important."
Additionally, respondents value the skills they are acquiring through their side hustles with 72 percent of women acquiring "customer service" skills and just under half learning various marketing skills, including sales (44 percent), marketing and advertising (43 percent), social media marketing (42 percent) and public relations (41 percent).
"Side hustles aren't new to women. Many were gigging before the term was ever coined," said Lynn Perkins, CEO of UrbanSitter. "But with the availability of more robust gig platforms and marketplaces today, it is easier for women to find and succeed at side hustles that offer the flexibility and money they need, while also allowing them to acquire new professional skills and become entrepreneurs at any stage in life. It's truly a winning proposition."
For more detail on the survey and its finding you can see the full white paper entitled "Can't Stop, Won't Stop Her Side Hustle: Women in the Gig Economy 2018" at each of the site's newsrooms.
BabyQuip, formerly Babierge, is the leading baby gear rental service and marketplace serving traveling families visiting more than 250 destinations in the US and Canada. The company helps families pack light and travel happy by delivering and setting-up exceptionally clean, quality baby gear. As a branded multi-sided marketplace, the BabyQuip platform enables on-the-ground "Quality Providers" to build a solid business renting gear that they own. BabyQuip is backed by Startup Capital Ventures, Quake Capital, Rostrum Capital, The GWC Innovator Fund, the Stanford-StartX Fund and several angel investors.
About Ruby Ribbon
Ruby Ribbon is an apparel company, focused on intimates, that sells its products nationwide through a technology-empowered network of Independent Stylists. True to its mission of supporting all women, Ruby Ribbon's award-winning intimate apparel and on-trend fashion are designed for comfort, style and fit. The company supports female entrepreneurship by enabling each Stylist to operate her own business. Ruby Ribbon is backed by investors, including Trinity Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures and DBL Partners.
UrbanSitter is an app and website that's making it easier than ever for parents to find, book and pay trusted childcare, from date nights to full-time care. Only UrbanSitter taps into a parent's personal network to connect them with sitters of friends, co-workers, moms groups and parents from their kid's school—to find a sitter they trust. With more than 1 million registered users in more than 50 cities, UrbanSitter is solving the childcare dilemma for families everywhere. The company is backed by Advance Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, DBL Investors, First Round Capital, Match Group - a division of IAC, Menlo Ventures, Rustic Canyon, Aspect Ventures, A-Grade Investments and several angel investors.
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July 9, 2018
Leading Baby Gear Service and Marketplace Announces Corporate Name Change from Babierge to BabyQuip
After Serving More than 10,0000 orders, new name positions BabyQuip for continued expansion helping families pack light and travel happy to 225 destinations.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Babierge, the leading baby gear service and marketplace, today announced the company has changed its name to BabyQuip (www.babyquip.com). Now delivering and setting up baby equipment for families vacationing at more than 225 destinations throughout the US and Canada, the new name positions BabyQuip to continue its rapid expansion. It's also a lot easier to pronounce and spell.
"We're excited about the name BabyQuip, as it reflects our mission to delight traveling families with on-demand, quality baby equipment they need to create a restful and memorable travel experience," said Fran Maier, Founder and CEO of Babierge. "With our name change we are also now referring to our network of independent contractors, who deliver and pick up the gear that they own, as Quality Providers." Quality Providers are trained to delight traveling families with exceptionally clean, high-quality baby equipment to help them feel as safe and comfortable traveling as they do at home.
The growing popularity of voice search was a factor in the name change. When asked to search for "Babierge," Siri and Alexa commonly return results for "baby hairs" and "baby airs," not helpful for anyone seeking a crib, stroller or car seat. In this one-minute video, the company went to Times Square to demonstrate just how much the public struggled with its former name.
The new logo includes a playful crib on wheels, demonstrating BabyQuip is on-the-go for families, whenever and wherever they need baby gear. The mobile above the crib represents the Quality Providers' attention to detail, delivering customized baby equipment packages that help families play more, sleep better and fully embrace any journey.About BabyQuip
BabyQuip (www.babyquip.com), formerly Babierge, is the leading baby gear service and marketplace serving over 10,000 orders to traveling families visiting more than 225 destinations in the US and Canada. The company helps families pack light and travel happy by delivering and setting-up exceptionally clean, quality baby gear at their hotel, vacation rental, or grandparent's home. As a branded multi-sided marketplace, the BabyQuip platform enables on-the-ground "Quality Providers," independent contractors and mom 'n pop businesses, to build a solid business renting gear that they own. Mostly moms, Quality Providers benefit from liability insurance, an active and supportive community, ongoing training regarding product safety and cleanliness and leads generated from both online advertising and through strategic partnerships. Quality Providers' average monthly earnings exceed those of most other gig economy opportunities. Parents and grandparents love BabyQuip because of the company's commitment to exceptional hospitality and cleanliness standards. Learn more about BabyQuip on LinkedIn, follow the company on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
April 19, 2018
Leading Baby Gear Rental Service and Marketplace Babierge (baby + concierge) Closes $1.3M Seed Round, Expands to Over 170 Locations
Babierge acquires leading baby gear rental directory, Rent Baby Equipment, in bid to consolidate and grow the baby gear rental service category
SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Babierge (https://www.babyquip.com), the leading baby gear rental service and branded multi-sided marketplace, today announced the company closed a $1.3M seed round including Startup Capital Ventures, Quake Capital, Rostrum Capital, The GWC Innovator Fund, and Stanford-StartX Fund as participating investors. The company will use the funding to develop the platform and more quickly achieve North American market penetration. Babierge also announced their acquisition of the leading baby gear rental directory, Rent Baby Equipment (www.rent-baby-equipment.com).
Serving over 8,000 traveling families in more than 170 destinations in the US and Canada, Babierge provides exceptionally clean, quality baby equipment to traveling families. The Marketplace has developed a sophisticated activation playbook to meet growing demand for baby gear rental by opening new markets weekly—including Hershey, PA and the New Jersey shore most recently. "Babierge has uncovered a large, underserved market and taken advantage of key trends as both millennial parents and grandparents embrace better family travel through concierge-level gig economy services," said Fran Maier, Babierge Founder and CEO. Maier, a serial entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Match and Founder of TRUSTe (now TrustArc), brought former senior-level colleagues from both companies to Babierge.
Founded in May 2016 with a mission to delight traveling families, the Babierge platform enables gig-economy entrepreneurs called Trusted Partners to launch their own baby gear rental business in as little as two weeks. In addition to launching their websites and driving leads to Trusted Partners, Babierge provides ongoing training in sales, marketing and baby gear safety and cleanliness, as well as guidance for providing exceptional hospitality and customer service. Trusted Partners quickly emerge as successful business operators, earning on average over $600 in extra monthly income renting cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs, toys and other gear to traveling families.
With the acquisition of the Rent Baby Equipment directory, Babierge, which is already operating the Baby Equipment Rental directory (www.baby-equipment-rental.com), now owns the two leading baby gear rental directories. The company will use these directories to grow the overall category, continue to attract and onboard local mom & pop baby gear rental providers to the Babierge platform, and offer a provider resource guide in the baby gear and family travel categories.
Babierge has forged partnerships with travel and leisure brands including Destination Hotels and Kid & Coe, and is deeply socialized with other leading travel and hospitality brands seeking to comprehensively address the needs of traveling families. Several important trends are accelerating Babierge's growth including millennials' love of travel, the rapid increase in vacation rental accommodations, increased interest in sustainability (renting rather than buying new), and widespread comfort with gig economy services.
November 14, 2017
Babierge and Kid & Coe partner to offer an even easier way to travel with little ones
Partnership offers baby gear rental for parents traveling with young children across the USA
November 14, 2017 – From today, luxury family travel firm Kid & Coe has partnered with leading baby equipment rental platform, Babierge (baby + concierge), to help families travel light. Say goodbye to trudging through busy airports with bulky baby gear, and exorbitant excess baggage fees, and hello to a new and easier way of traveling as a family.
“While in Los Angeles last year with my young baby, being able to order a crib, linens and toys for my baby from Babierge to suit the child-friendly property I had rented made my stay a whole lot easier. Kid & Coe is in the business of making family travel simpler, and this partnership for us is a no-brainer,” said Kid & Coe founder, Zoie Kingsbery Coe.
“Now in 100 travel destinations in the US and Canada, Babierge partners with leading travel brands that understand the unique needs of traveling families,” said Fran Maier, Co-founder and CEO of Babierge. “Kid & Coe is an ideal partner, as our goals are closely aligned -- to help traveling families get the most enjoyment from their vacation.”
For many parents, travel with a baby can be daunting. Babierge takes some of that stress away by delivering and setting up a large selection of clean quality gear, and returning to pick it up on departure day. While many of Kid & Coe’s properties are already set up for young children, this service supplements the items provided, meaning that all the gear, games and toys a traveling family needs can be easily procured in the locations served by Babierge.
The launch of this partnership on Kid & Coe coincides with a move towards offering an enhanced range of services for families, including a concierge partnership with Key Concierge (www.key.co) and itineraries to inspire family travel from Babyccino (www.babyccinokids.com).
To view all destinations served by Babierge, please visit: www.babyquip.com
For more information on Kid & Coe, please visit: www.kidandcoe.com
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Kid & Coe launched in 2013 with an aim to simplify family travel. With hand-picked accommodations around the world that suit families who love to travel, plus insight from local parents about how to get the best out of their destination, we’re revolutionizing how families travel.
Founder Zoie Kingsbery Coe created Kid & Coe in 2013 out of personal necessity. For years she had been traveling the world, kids in tow, and saw that the hotel accommodations that suited a touring couple no longer fit the needs of her growing family. Zoie began seeking out kid-friendly property rentals that made her family feel at home wherever they were in the world. As increasing numbers of parents asked Zoie to share her travel expertise and property secrets, Kid & Coe was born.
The company currently lists over 1,000 properties in over 50 countries worldwide, all with a focus on family. Babierge is the leading baby gear rental marketplace, helping families “Pack Light, Travel Far, and Make Lasting Family Memories.” As a two-sided marketplace, the Babierge platform enables on-the-ground Trusted Partners, independent contractors, to build successful businesses doing meaningful work serving traveling families and grandparents with the clean, quality baby gear they need. Typical rental items include full-size cribs, high chairs, strollers, car seats and both indoor and outdoor toy packages. Headquartered in both San Francisco and Albuquerque, the company has grown to over one hundred destinations since launching in mid-2016.
Babierge (baby + concierge) is the leading baby gear rental service and marketplace serving over 8,000 families in more than 170 markets in the US and Canada. The company helps families "Pack Light and Travel Far" by delivering and setting-up exceptionally clean, quality baby gear at their hotel, vacation rental, or grandparent's home. As a branded multi-sided marketplace, the Babierge platform enables on-the-ground Trusted Partners, independent contractors and mom 'n pop businesses, to build a solid business renting gear that they own. Babierge Trusted Partners, mostly moms, benefit from liability insurance, an active and supportive community, ongoing training regarding product safety and cleanliness and leads generated from both online advertising and through partnerships, including Destination Hotels and Kid & Coe. Trusted Partners' average monthly earnings exceed those of most other gig economy opportunities. Parents and grandparents love Babierge because of the company's commitment to exceptional hospitality and cleanliness standards. Over 90% of parents surveyed rated Babierge gear as "spotless." Learn more about Babierge at www.babyquip.com, follow the company on Twitter and Instagram, and like Babierge on Facebook.