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High five - the 5th station in Hamburg is opened
Good news for DIY enthusiasts in Hamburg. In mid-January, we set up the fifth toolbox there. Our tools are now available throughout the city. With stations in St. Pauli, Harburg, Wandsbek, Bergedorf and now Eidelstedt, we are very close to our users. This makes Hamburg the capital of toolsharing in Germany
New Strategic Partnership Announcement: kurts toolbox and TeleSoftas
kurts toolbox, the first tool sharing service worldwide operated fully by a Mobile App, is thrilled to announce that it has entered a new strategic partnership with TeleSoftas, who will act as the leading technology partner for the company. In addition, this transaction will allow TeleSoftas to become a meaningful investor alongside the Company’s founder, the Kurt König Group. The capital contribution will allow kurts to strengthen its mobile app platform, accelerate its deployment and support the Company’s continued growth expansion plan.
“We are excited to further strengthen our relationship with our longtime partner TeleSoftas,” said Mr. Kurt König, Managing Director at kurts toolbox. “Their proven expertise in software and app development make our partnership a clear win for both companies and keep kurts toolbox ahead of the digital offering”.
Mr. Algirdas Stonys, CEO and founder at TeleSoftas said “As we were present since the launch of the company, we are delighted to have the opportunity to further collaborate and to reach a common goal in creating a top-notch solution. As kurts toolbox continues to grow and expand, we want to offer more business value to its customers. To that extent, TeleSoftas is committed and motivated to achieve even higher customer satisfaction through intensive technology research and system enhancements according to the more recent trend of the digital industry.
TeleSoftas provides product engineering, digital transformation & consulting services to clients worldwide. We help businesses build the full product from start to finish, including but not limited to UX / UI Design, Front-end Development, Back-end Development, Enterprise Mobile, and Web Application Development. Founded in 2004, TeleSoftas team consists of over 230 top- level experts, engineers, and designers, based in Lithuania as well as Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Zurich. Founded on principles of networking, sharing, and open collaboration, we aim to improve society for everyone through cutting edge technology, innovation and know-how. To learn more about TeleSoftas please visit: https://telesoftas.com/
At the beginning of December we were voted Digital Place of the Year by the digital agency of the Ministry of Economics in Lower Saxony as part of the #Techtide. Together with Bornemann Gewindetechnik and Graphmasters we were nominated for the award. We are pleased that our courage has been recognized and that we are one of the digital pioneers of the Lower Saxony economy. This motivates us to tackle the challenges ahead. The future will be good!
Hamburg becomes the tool-sharing capital
kurts toolbox is the largest tool cellar in the city. Since autumn we are represented with a total of four locations in the Hanseatic city. Beside the big Cube-Toolbox at the Rindermarkthalle there are City-Toolboxes in Harburg, Wandsbek and Bergedorf. All in all, hundreds of professional tools are stored all over the city. In no other city in Germany is there such a large tool-sharing service available, which enables simple tool rental 24/7 per app.
kurts awarded as "digital place"
In September we were awarded the title of "Digital Place" by State Secretary Stefan Muhle of the Ministry of Economics of Lower Saxony. The initiative of the Digital Agency Lower Saxony networks pioneers of digitization with each other. We are happy about the award and continue to work hard to make the topic of #Toolsharing big. Dr. Roy Kühne, member of the Bundestag, was also present.
Bern is drilling! More toolboxes for Switzerland
In September 2020, two more toolboxes were set up in the Swiss capital. At the urban locations of Zähringer and Wankdorf, city boxes contain tools that make neighbourhoods a viable option.
We opened a Citybox in Hamburg on 8 April 2020. This means that tools can now be rented 24/7 via app in the Hanseatic city - contactless around the clock. The sharing innovation is anchored in one of the city's most vibrant districts - St. Pauli. Our station was built right next to the side entrance of the Rindermarkthalle on St. Pauli. In it, professional tools and machines of all kinds are piled up in 42 compartments, which can be rented 24 hours a day, seven days a week via app - from percussion drills to angle grinders and jigsaws to pipe cleaning spirals.
kurts toolbox now available in Switzerland
Ready, steady, grab the hammers and drills! Since 14 March 2020, Bernese citizens have been able to rent professional tools conveniently via app at the well developed Schönbühl site. The large toolbox is located at the Shoppyland shopping centre in Schönbühl. If the trend is positive, further pick-up points and a geographical expansion are quite conceivable. We are looking forward to many happy do-it-yourselfers. Together we will bring your projects on the road to success!
Measures for the containment of coronavirus
To keep the risk of infection with the coronavirus as low as possible, all tools are thoroughly cleaned after return. In addition, we only release the tools for rental after 48 hours at the earliest. If there are other do-it-yourselfers in the station at the same time, we ask you to wait just outside the station to maintain a safety distance of 1.5 m. The pick-up and return process takes only a few minutes. As the entire service is maximally digitalised, there is only minimal physical contact anyway. Nevertheless we ask you to follow the recommended hygiene measures, such as thorough hand washing, before entering our toolbox. Of course you should not enter the toolbox if you feel ill or show cold symptoms. In this case, the DIY project will have to wait until you have cured yourself. We thank you for your support!
In December 2019, we placed one of our toolboxes in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. For this event, four huge container building blocks had made their way from our production halls in Einbeck to the Baltic States. In January 2020, our first station in Europe finally opened its doors. We are curious about the reactions of the digital pioneer country and firmly believe that kurts will also inspire people here.
Developing more station types
Expanding to urban areas requires new station types. In addition to our two-story "Cube" stations, we now offer "City" stations that mesh seamlessly into any city wall. In the future, these compact tool stations will store professional tools for everyday needs in the big city.
New tool stations opened in Stade
In mid-September 2019, we opened two new tool stations in the Hamburg, Germany suburb of Stade. These are located in the same place as the first station: in the parking lot of the Toom hardware store in the Schölisch neighborhood. We received elated tool renters on opening day, who can now find professional tools on two floors west of Hamburg. What’s new? The station is the first to rent a Takeuchi mini excavator. It’s the next step in our continuous expansion and dedication to opening up stations in new cities and countries.
Digital Champions Award for kurts toolbox
At the “Digital X North” awards, we received the Digital Champions Award. In the category “Digital Transformation MSE,” we were able to impress the high-ranking jury with our design concept. The competition is held by Telekom and German trade publication Wirtschaftswoche. Fabian Schuster (CCO) and Marco Ivers (Brand & Design Manager) took home the award in front of 1500 industry experts at the Hamburg Fish Auction Hall. It’s an incredible honor and were are thrilled with the fantastic award.