Phillip Akhzar recalls long evenings sitting in his mother’s Persian living room with fellow cofounder Nick Carson, bouncing ideas off one another in a game of intellectual pinball. Pakible — the company that makes it dead simple to get custom packaging — was one of those ideas. Today, Pakible is thriving and looking for more.
Phillip Akhzar recalls long evenings sitting in his mother’s Persian living room with fellow cofounder Nick Carson, bouncing ideas off one another in a game of intellectual pinball. Pakible — the company that makes it dead simple to get custom packaging — was one of those ideas.
They’re idea? To streamline how users design and order their custom packaging by taking all the intermediate steps for them. Instead of customers having to endure frustrating back-and-forths with manufacturers, Pakible automatically forwards their design specs to handpicked printers. What once took weeks to get a sample order, takes only ten days.
Akhzar and Carson both have experience with the nightmare of trying to source packaging.
“It would take anywhere up to four months to get boxes,” Carson says. “It’s so old-school: phone calls, faxes…”
Trying to source packaging could be like trying to walk through quicksand to get to the other side.
Before Pakible, sourcing packaging would take months. According to Akhzar, it could include waiting two weeks for design approval, three weeks to get a sample, two weeks to get that sample approved, and another three to four weeks to get your shipment. And that's an optimistic estimate.
“Everyone in this industry just moves at a glacial pace,” Akhzar says.” They’re so slow. I literally have veins popping out of my forehead talking to them on the phone.”
But Pakible is all about going through that excruciating process themselves so customers don’t have to.
The way Pakible sees it, they’re ahead of the curve. Having 7+ steps, numerous verification emails, and angry phone calls is as archaic as it is inefficient — it’s time the packing industry caught up with the twenty-first industry.
Pakible is leading the charge.
Pakible launched just earlier this year and the response has been explosive. They had oversubscribed investments on Wefunder, went number one on Product Hunt, and have provided custom packaging for big names such as Reddit, Soylent, and Samsung.
But they're just getting started.
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