Plano North May 2021

From left, Mollie, John and Chloe Hancock own Elephant TrunkMoving Supplies. (Photos by Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)

BUSINESS FEATURE

Elephant TrunkMoving Supplies Owners thinking ‘outside the cardboard box’ in Plano W hen the Hancock family—John, Mollie and their daughter, Chloe—launched Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies in 2015, they were BY KAREN CHANEY

Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies offers reusable containers for moving.

marketing team. John loves to visit with customers, so he makes all the deliveries and pickups. He also cleans the boxes after each use. Over the years, John’s methods for delivering boxes have improved. “I was an English teacher, not science, so I was not aware that when you put those boxes in the back of the truck, the lids would serve as wings, and they ew out the back,” John said. He now drives a custom-wrapped van. The Hancocks have been involved in the Plano Chamber of Commerce for years and have found it a useful networking resource. This year, Chloe serves as the chair of the chamber’s Young Professionals of Plano organization. Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies oers packages to meet a variety of moving needs. They start with enough containers for a one-bedroommove ($80 for two weeks) and go up from there. The Hancocks are celebrating the fact that they now have 2,000 clients. March 2021 proved to be their best month, they said. “What brings people to us is the ease of the service,” Chloe said.

ELEPHANT TRUNK BOXES VS. CARDBOARD BOXES

acting on an idea from two years earlier. That is when Mollie rst heard about a Canadian company that rented reusable plastic boxes. They decided to create a similar business once John, an English teacher for 20 years, no longer had full-time employment. “Instead of me looking for a dierent job, this was the perfect time to start a business,” John said. After researching the perfect box and getting a family friend to design the logo, they stocked up on inventory, put magnetic signs on John’s old truck and went to work renting reusable, recycled and recyclable moving boxes and moving accessories. “I want to take care of the earth wherever I can,” Mollie said. Business responsibilities were chosen based on each family member’s strengths and expertise. Chloe earned a marketing degree from The Univer- sity of Texas at Dallas. So she and Mollie, who uses her decades of experience as a Realtor, became the

Elephant Trunk

Cardboard

• No assembly required • On-demand opening

• Requires assembly • Needs packing tape • Breaks down upon repeated use

• Reusable • Stackable (full or empty)

Elephant TrunkMoving Supplies 214-755-4675 www.elephanttrunk.net

Ordering hours: Accepted online 24/7 Delivery hours: Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. noon–6 p.m.

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