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A new app launched over the weekend that is designed by two K-State graduates.   It will likely ease some frustrations this holiday season for people who don’t have access to a car or truck that can transport large items. (Bungii/Facebook) A new app launched over the weekend that is designed by two K-State graduates. It will likely ease some frustrations this holiday season for people who don’t have access to a car or truck that can transport large items. (Bungii/Facebook)
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A new app launched over the weekend that is designed by two K-State graduates.

It will likely ease some frustrations this holiday season for people who don’t have access to a car or truck that can transport large items. Bungii is now using pick-up trucks to start a promising new business in the Kansas City metro.

The app puts a pick-up truck and a delivery service right in the palm of your hand, with the tap of a button.

The idea came to Kansas State University marketing majors Harrison Proffitt and Brn Jackson after demand to use Jackson's truck became somewhat frustrating.

“One day I had four people ask me if they could borrow myself and my truck to move some stuff across town … and I like to consider myself a pretty nice guy, but I have to admit by the fourth request things got a little frustrating,” Jackson said. “I remember laying in bed that night thinking there has to be a better way.”

The next day it came to him in class.

“Left that class with a simple concept in mind tap a button, get a truck,” Jackson said.

And so began a year and a half of planning and software-developing. Proffitt said he never imagined the process to be so challenging.

“We had no idea it was a crazy long process. We thought we would have an app out within a few months. Turns out software takes much longer than that,” Jackson said.

Here’s how it works.

Users open the app, take a pic of their item, and a truck shows up in minutes.

Right now there are 35 registered drivers in the Kansas City area and Bungii expected that number to grow. The truck driver does all the heavy lifting and updates the user on their location status as they approach the destination.

The average cost ends up being around $35 to $45. Users can rate their driver and track them using GPS. Think of it as ride-sharing and delivery for pick-up trucks.

“We launched the bungii app just in time for Black Friday and Holiday shopping,” Proffitt explained.

The company can help people with needs that go beyond shopping as well. They say they help out when people are moving homes, picking up an item off of Craigslist or delivering an item for a business.

Bungii will initially only be available in Kansas City, but they hope to expand to other Midwest cities soon. 

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