Shoeboxed Around the World: Our Recent Trip to Romania!

You might know that Shoeboxed has an office in Sydney, Australia, in addition to our HQ here in Durham, North Carolina. But one little-known fact about Shoeboxed is that we have a few team members working from Romania!Shoeboxers Taylor and Anjana in Romania

We’re always trying to find the best fits for our team regardless of where they’re located, and we found a great pool of talent in Bucharest. Every year, our Romanian team makes a trip to Durham, or some of our team from Durham heads to Bucharest for some team building, brainstorming and coworking. This year it was the Americans’ turn to visit Romania, and we wanted to share some cool tidbits from our trip!

Taylor, Shoeboxed founder and CEO, and Anjana, our product manager, spent a week working in Bucharest with the Romanian team, Ionut, Dorel and Silviu. We’ve always been able to see the quality of their work and dedication to Shoeboxed, just never from up close! It was fantastic to be able to work with them face-to-face, as well as bond as a team while sightseeing around Bucharest and the surrounding areas.

The Shoeboxed Team in RomaniaThe Romanian team is a crucial part of our development department and they contribute in an enormously significant way to all the Shoeboxed features you know and love. They’ve helped build our awesome Evernote integration, the Shoestrings API and more, and we can’t wait to tell you about all the new features they’re working on now!

The best part of the trip? Getting to spend time with our co-workers from afar and being just as productive as if we were in the office, just from another country! Make sure to stay tuned since we’ll be announcing some amazing new features — joint efforts from our American and Romanian development teams — very soon!

Stay Organized,

The Shoeboxed Team

 

Receipts for Travel

Did you know that commercial airlines will reimburse you for lost luggage? In many cases, they’ll need you to show them receipts for what you had in the bag. How are you going to have all those random receipts handy for such a situation? Receipt Mail-In obviously.

It seems that anyone who’s flown on a commercial airline has a lost luggage horror story. I’ve had a couple of problems with my luggage not meeting me here when I land in Raleigh-Durham, but for the most part I think I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve spent four out of the last five summers abroad, and I’ve never lost a bag on one of those trips.

If I were to lose my bag now though, I’d be able to get reimbursed for anything that was in the bag, just by showing my receipts to the airline. I have them all archived and organized on Shoeboxed through our scanning service, Receipt Mail-In.

Linda Burbank wrote a really helpful column in USA Today about this issue, and offers up some good info:

Airlines provide partial reimbursement for interim expenses when luggage is delayed or lost. Usually, reimbursement is capped, often at about $25 a day. United reimburses up to 50% of costs for replacement clothing and toiletries, provided passengers submit receipts. But no airline pays damages based on the inconvenience of not having your luggage.

United reviewed Gavend’s claim and agreed to make an exception to its policy. It sent her a check for $874, the amount for which the family still had receipts.

You never know when those receipts are going to come in handy. Having a complete scanned archive of your receipts is the only way to avoid these kinds of situations.

Where’s Shoeboxed?

What’s different about this airport?

We organize your receipts

Oh right, Shoeboxed team members have arrived. You really can’t miss us when we’re out and about, and I just wanted to keep everybody updated on what we’re doing. If you’re in an airport and you see us, remind us of this blog entry, and we’ll sign you up for our receipt scanning service, Receipt Mail-In, totally free.

Keep an eye out. We may or may not be in Laguardia today.