Startup Story: How Two Moroccan Friends Turned a Universal Need Into a Business
- Moroccan startup
- Shipping solutions
- Hicham Zarrouky and Yassine Zyad moved to Paris in 2005 to study Business and Engineering before working as consultants for French companies
- Sheaply.com, founded in December 2014, gives users the opportunity to ship items faster and cheaper by 50% than other delivery services
To cut it short
As two Moroccans living in France, it wasn’t easy for childhood buddies Hicham and Yassine to receive or send things to their families back home. Just like anyone living abroad, they realised that the easiest way to do that was by looking for people who were travelling from Paris to Morocco to carry packages for them; hence came the idea of a whatsapp group that had frequent travellers from both countries. The group kept growing until it reached the maximum number of members, but by that time, the idea that Yassine and Hicham had in mind was going to end their problem once and for all: one platform for people who are travelling, people who want to find others who are travelling, and people who want to buy something from abroad.
The idea behind Sheaply is simple: rent a traveller’s luggage space or make some extra cash while travelling!