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CitizenShipper is a marketplace dedicated to connecting people that have pets and precious items to transport, with drivers that can do the transporting. This spans a wide range of items from boats, RVs, and cars - all the way to pets. Because of their solid reputation, many pet owners and breeders trust CitizenShipper with their precious cargo. 

Prior to a formalized program, CitizenShipper felt a sense of responsibility to provide the best service possible for both customers and drivers on their platform - but were limited to handling issues on a case-by-case basis. CitizenShipper’s CEO and Founder, Richard Obousy, knew that shifting expectations from marketplace users would require a formalized protection program that could build trust with pet owners prior to selecting a driver to transport their pet. 

That’s where Tint came in. Our insurance experts helped take CitizenShipper’s vision and make it a reality. The insurance world can be opaque. With so many regulatory complexities, it’s difficult to build an innovative solution when you aren’t in the core business of insurance. Tint is building a new shade of insurance - one that isn’t so opaque. We provide clear guidance throughout the entire process and the software to help insurance and protection programs scale.

“I really enjoy working with the Tint team”, says Richard. “Things are laid out very clearly. The team is extremely well organized. They really do all the heavy lifting.” 

Tint worked to determine what should be covered and what should be excluded from coverage, how to price the initial program and how much risk CitizenShipper should take on based on their historical transaction data. The end result is a shipping protection program that agrees to repay any expenses that are a direct result of something going awry during the transportation of a pet. This protection program means that anyone using CitizenShipper to transport their pet is protected up to $1,000.00.

“Customers and drivers have responded overwhelmingly positively”, says Richard. “Drivers like to know that the protection program is in place. It really helps to alleviate any anxieties that they may have during transport. And similarly, for pet owners, just knowing that the protection is in place is critical to peace of mind. The optimistic side of us says, ‘Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be ok.’ But there’s always that nagging voice in the background, ‘what if, what if, what if.’” With a protection program in place, customers don’t have to ask themselves, “What if?” - they know they’re protected.

“I think Tint is an absolutely wonderful company with a tremendous value proposition that provides an impeccable - an invaluable service - with an impeccable team.”

Part of the “heavy lifting” Tint took on included building a scalable claims management solution to allow the CitizenShipper team clear and easy access to view, investigate, and manage claims payout. With claims linked directly to policies, it saved the CitizenShipper team time and frustration - allowing them to handle claims efficiently. You can’t put a price on peace of mind and that is what CitizenShipper has been able to provide its users. 

Today, their program is protecting thousands of customers and according to Richard, the ongoing support from the Tint team continues to have a meaningful impact, “there was a case quite recently, where one of our customer support team had to interact with a Tint dashboard. The back and forth with the Tint team was great.  The Tint team really focused on our experience with the dashboard, asking ‘How do you find this experience?’, ‘Is it simple?’, ‘Is there anything else we need to add?’,  ‘Is there anything that’s confusing about this dashboard?’ And we provided a few suggestions. The Tint team acted on all of our suggestions really quickly. So, not only did I feel like the team was really on top of things from a technical perspective but they’re really on top of things in terms of listening to our feedback and our requirements.” It’s these interactions that make it easy for CitizenShipper to think about ways they might be able to expand their program in the future - knowing they’ll have a solid partner to make their vision a reality. 

Program Distribution:

Default Protection Program

Tint Services Offered:

Program Design
Pricing Guidance
Risk Guidance
Alternative Risk Solutions

Software Used:

Policy Management
Claims Management