Left to Right: Mollie, John and Chloe Hancock own Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies. (Karen Chaney / Community Impact newspaper)
When the Hancock family – John, Mollie and their daughter, Chloe – started Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies in 2015, they were acting on an idea dating back two years earlier.
It was then that Mollie first heard about a Canadian company that was leasing reusable plastic boxes.
They decided to start a similar business after John, an English teacher for 20 years, was out of a full-time job.
“Instead of looking for another job, this was the perfect time to start a business,” John said.
After researching the perfect box and having a family friend design the logo, they stocked up, placed magnetic signs on John’s old truck, and got down to business renting moving boxes and boxes. reusable, recycled and recyclable moving accessories.
“I want to take care of the earth wherever I can,” Mollie said.
Job responsibilities were chosen based on the strengths and expertise of each family member. Chloe graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a marketing degree. So she and Mollie, who used her decades of experience as a real estate agent, became the marketing team. John loves to visit customers, so he does all the deliveries and pickups. It also cleans the boxes after each use.
Over the years, John’s box delivery methods have improved.
“I was an English teacher, not science, so I didn’t know that when you put these boxes in the back of the truck, the lids would serve as wings and they would fly out the back,” he said. John said.
He now drives a custom van.
The Hancocks have been involved with the Plano Chamber of Commerce for years and have found it a useful networking resource. This year, Chloe is president of the chamber’s Young Professionals of Plano organization.
Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies offers packages to meet a variety of moving needs. They start with enough containers for a one bedroom move ($ 80 for two weeks) and work their way up from there.
The Hancocks celebrate the fact that they now have 2,000 customers. March 2021 turned out to be their best month, they said.
“What brings people to us is ease of service,” Chloe said.
Elephant trunk removal equipment
Ordering hours: Accepted online 24/7
Delivery hours: Mon-Sat 8 am-6pm, Sun 12 pm-6pm