Interview by Cristina Gutierrez
Shomer is an online marketplace designed to compare warehousing services quickly and easily. Whether it's 1 pallet or 1,000 pallets, there's available space near you.
Everyone dreams of becoming their own boss in college. Monica Rojas managed to do that out of an unexpected class project. Shomer came to life as a solution for college students who were in need of storage space at the end of the academic term. Now, it has become an online marketplace designed to compare warehousing services for anyone who needs it. As Shomer continues to grow, Monica and her team find daily motivation in helping e-commerces and people start their business and find the best storage option out there.
– Cristina Gutierrez
What is Shomer and how was the idea born?
Shomer is a two-sided online marketplace that connects individuals and businesses who are in need of storage solutions with warehouse operators who have underutilized space. It allows people to save money by only paying for the space they use, while also allowing others to earn passive income with their unused warehouse space to overall create a new way to reduce our carbon footprint. Many refer to us as the “Airbnb of Warehousing.” The name Shomer comes from the Hebrew language and it means guardian. We chose Shomer because we want our customers to create a sense of trust and see us as the guardian of their belongings.
How is Shomer different from other storage companies?
Shomer is different because it allows our customers to only pay for the space they use. On the other end, it provides others with the opportunity to make passive income (or money while they sleep which is how gen z likes to call it) with the space they already have. By recycling space it allows us to reduce our carbon footprint because we are technically sharing electricity and energy that already being used. We are also different because we are working to create a sense of community. The shared economy allows people to connect and generates a new way to do business soles through building relationships. You never know who is down the street and how you can work together in the future.
When did you realized it had potential?