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The Next Big Thing You Missed: Startup Aims to Give Everyone the Mighty Shipping Power of Amazon

•, By Marcus Wohlsen
Online retailers are obsessed with finding ways of getting packages to your door as quickly as possible. But what about the first mile?the mile traveled when you send a package to someone else?

Amazon's massive fulfillment centers are one way that small businesses can take hold of the first mile. But San Francisco startup Shyp believes that by offering up just one piece of that Amazonian process, it can give just about everyone the power of push-button shipping, creating a new kind of logistics layer for the world's cities.

The premise of Shyp is simple by design. The idea is to provide the next best thing to pure teleportation. Download the app, take a picture of the thing you want to ship, put in the address where you want it to go?and you're done. No bubble-wrap. No packing tape. No weighing or deciding between UPS and FedEx. A Shyp courier just comes to your door within about 20 minutes and takes the stuff off your hands. That's it.

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