Clean Cube is a physical kiosk-type platform that goes in commercial, business, or residential buildings. It acts a kind of digital doorman for buildings that may not have them. They also have outdoor locations for a whole neighborhood to use.
Having these cubes makes simple errands such as accepting or mailing packages and dropping off or picking up laundry much easier. Even buying groceries will be easier with delivery services from grocery stores. Clean Cube partners with a number of businesses in the area of the kiosks that provide these services. They also provide mini-storage services and Goodwill donation drop offs.
“When you work long hours and the dry cleaner only opens at 8am and closes at 7pm, you’re constantly running around living your life, hoping that your dress isn’t being held hostage by the dry cleaner,” says President and cofounder Arthur Shmulevsky. “With Clean Cube, it’s available 24/7. So you don’t have to worry about the dry cleaning hours anymore.”
When he lived in a building on the Upper West Side and worked at Wall Street, Shmulevsky was always missing package deliveries and delivery window for ordering food.
“I just thought that if there was a way for me to connect with these service people without having to be there, and that’s where the idea for Clean Cube came from,” he says.
Since launching in 2013, Clean Cube is in 42 locations in New York – 41 being in residential areas. The cubes are modular pieces made to fit every building. Using the touchscreen at each kiosk, users register and get a passcode. On the dashboard, you pick a cubby and you are shown the price, and which cubes are available. When you select a cube, it pops open and you can leave your items there and a note for the person picking it up. This information is then sent digitally to the service provider who will be picking up your item. If all the cubes have been used, and a user has not picked up their items for a long period of time, their items are taken out and stored until they schedule another pick up.
“We’re service agnostic, which means that it’s a whole bunch of different services that go through it,” says Shmulevsky.
Clean Cube has a revenue-share with the on-demand service providers they are provided with. They also sell the cubes to property owners to increase the value of their properties. Soon, they hope to add a subscription-based service for extra features.