Les Biens en Commun, self-service locker for combining household goods, Le Lab/Idées

Vacuum cleaners, mixers or irons… 56.4 million small home appliances were sold in France in 2020. These small electrical appliances are expensive and resource-intensive for their manufacture, but mainly for their use. Because, on average, they are only used for a few minutes a day, or even a week, before going back to sleep in the back of the closet.

Yann Lemoine, who was inspired by the bicycle sharing offers, therefore had the idea to optimize their use. This businessman thought we could share between the residents of the same building or neighborhood, a vacuum cleaner, a blender or an iron, but also a drill, a game console, a raclette machine … In August 2019, he took advantage a period of unemployment, after the bankruptcy of the start-up that employed him, to mature his project.

A partner, formerly Aramis auto

Two years later, he founded Les Biens en Commun. This start-up relies on the economy of use. Its project is the installation of walls of remotely operated lockers, in common areas of buildings. In these boxes, you will find small household appliances, DIY tools, audiovisual devices, large kitchen utensils. The company handles the purchase, provision and maintenance.

Surrounding residents, subscribers to the service, can rent these goods for a few hours at a lower cost. These lockers are still in the development phase. A first prototype was deployed at a student residence in Lyon. “So far the feedback has been good. No degradation was observed. We hope to deploy between 5 and 10 boxes by the end of the year ”, explained Yann Lemoine with enthusiasm.

On the financial side, Les Biens en Commun benefited from some funding from France Active, Bpifrance and Ecosystem, the eco-organization responsible for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment, in the amount of 30,000 euros. The company also raised 10,000 euros in crowdfunding in July 2021, on the Zeste platform of banking cooperative Nef.

Finally, Yann Lemoine surrounded himself. The entrepreneur founded the company on his own. At the beginning of 2022, he joined forces with Thomas Koell, former director of purchases and offers at Aramis Auto, who holds the position of operational director. Les Biens en Commun has also appointed a part-time CTO, who oversees the development of an in-house software solution.

Demonstrate the stability of the economic model

The Lyon businessman relies on a network of partners such as home appliance manufacturer SEB, the Boulanger stores and Leroy Merlin. “From the design of the project, I thought it could be reproduced on a large scale. I turned directly to companies with solid backbones. I knocked on the door of SEB, whose headquarters are located in the suburbs of Lyon. They were attracted by project and agreed to provide the equipment. ”These partners are temporarily free of charge, but could become suppliers for Les Biens en Commun in subsequent years.

Yann Lemoine adopted a similar approach for installing his boxes. Instead of soliciting condominiums individually, he plans to focus on social landlords and residence managers. “In talking to them, we also realized that they were not surprised at the idea of ​​assuming part of the cost of installing the boxes”, the entrepreneur specified. These landlords have parks of up to several dozen buildings, all of which are potential locations.

Even in the more distant future, other installation areas are being studied, such as office buildings or shops, Yann Lemoine remains cautious. “If the installation of the next 5 to 10 boxes is successful, we can raise funds from investors. But you have to act slowly, and act fast only when you have a way to do it. And why not think that sharing electronic devices will become commonplace? »

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