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Starting Today: It Pays to Procrastinate

If you haven’t started your holiday planning, you are officially a Procrastinator — and TaskRabbit wants to help you out.

Beginning December 17 through December 22, TaskRabbit is offering all in-store Banana Republic shoppers a $30 credit to have a Tasker help with holiday tasks and errands!

Will you have a Tasker help wrap the kids’ Christmas presents? Clean the house in preparation for the big holiday dinner? Or maybe hire a Tasker to deliver a caroling-gram wishing a Merry Christmas to Grandma who lives across the country? Your options are endless.

The promotion is part of Banana Republic’s Procrastinators Event, which unites some of the biggest “helping hand” startups like TaskRabbit, Curb, deliv and SHYP. Shoppers can claim their $30 credit — among other perks — by going to their local Banana Republic store.

Here are all the ways Procrastinators can cash in:

  • Extra Help: Customers who shop at all U.S. stores will receive a $30 credit from TaskRabbit to help with any last-minute to-dos – holiday party cleaning help, peppermint hot chocolate runs, hanging Christmas tree lights, picking up your office’s Secret Santa gift, etc.

  • Free Rides: Shoppers can avoid congested parking lots and lugging shopping bags on public transportation by catching a free ride (up to $20) with CURB to or from Banana Republic stores across the U.S.

  • Free Same-Day Delivery: Customers who shop on bananarepublic.com and reserve their must-have items through Reserve In Store will receive an email from which they can choose to have those items shipped that same day for free through DELIV.  This service is available in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Houston and Seattle.

  • Free Shipping and Gift Wrap: Shoppers in San Francisco, New York and Miami will be given a $25 credit at the register that can be used to ship their gifts through SHYP. Customers who visit the Banana Republic Grant Ave store in San Francisco, Soho store in New York and Aventura Mall in Miami, can immediately hand over their gifts to Shyp ambassadors to be gift wrapped with Brit+Co designed wrapping paper and shipped off to loved ones anywhere in the world.

  • Discount on everyone’s favorite gift – Gift Cards: Spend $50 or more in gift cards & receive 10% off your gift card purchases. Don’t want to wait in line? Some stores will be offering an “express lane” for gift card purchases.

This holiday season, you don’t have to be the early bird to win. It finally pays to be a Procrastinator!

TASK OF THE WEEK: HELP ME WITH MY MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

One of the most romantic locations in San Francisco is the Palace of Fine Arts, with a gorgeous dome and columns rising majestically above the reflective lagoon. This is the spot that Mary decided was perfect for proposing to her girlfriend, but she needed a bit of help to create an even more magical atmosphere. Tasker Joyce is a professional event designer, and she was excited to get Mary’s request for help making a romantic proposal. Mary’s original plan for luminaries didn’t quite work out (not enough sand!) but Joyce thought on her feet and placed the tea lights by themselves around the pre-arranged area.

Joyce then sat on a bench and texted the guitarist Mary had hired to start playing when she saw the couple arrive. “This took a lot of the stress off of me – I was worried about having to secretly send a text message when we arrived!” Mary said. Everything went off without a hitch, and the couple are on their way to being married. Congratulations Mary and Alycen!

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TASK OF THE WEEK: THANKSGIVING HELP

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend as much as we did. With the holiday behind us, we wanted to share some of the awesome ways that our Taskers helped create memorable Thanksgivings around the country last week.

Our Taskers:

  • Deep cleaned homes in preparation for visits from family and friends
  • Assisted in the kitchen to prepare epic turkey feasts
  • Pet-sit cats, dogs, and birds while their guardians were traveling for the holiday
  • Delivered pies, turkey dinners, and last-minute grocery requests
  • Cleaned up after the festivities were over

Let us know how we can help you take care of your holiday to-dos.

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TaskRabbit Leaps in London: Expands to Surrounding Towns, Eyes Greater UK in 2015

shutterstock_146829458It’s a sunnier day in Foggy London Town today after TaskRabbit announced that strong growth is driving an expansion to Greater London to help busy professionals stay on top of their home services and provide the opportunity for Taskers to earn money.

Just 12 months since launching in its first international city outside the US, TaskRabbit is moving beyond the Capital due to popular demand. Beginning today, TaskRabbit will be live in Greater London and the commuter hubs of St. Albans, Reading, Guildford and Brighton. The marketplace will also be available in Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester in the New Year as it accelerates its international expansion.

Jamie Viggiano, vice president of marketing at TaskRabbit commented, “London was our first international launch, and in just twelve months it’s become one of our top performing cities. Busy Londoners have embraced the service as a way to help eliminate their never ending to-do lists. We’ve seen growing demand from commuters and residents across Greater London and the South East, wanting to use the service both at work and home. Thanks to such high demand, our expansion to these regions was a natural next step for us.”

Viggiano continued: “Our launch into these commuter hubs is just the start for TaskRabbit, as we continue on our journey to come to the aid of busy Brits. We’re also excited to be launching in Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester in 2015 – some of the most tech-forward and busiest cities in Europe.”

TaskRabbit allows busy individuals to outsource tasks to skilled and fully vetted professionals in their neighbourhoods, whether they need help putting up flat pack furniture, getting a last-minute deep clean of the house or helping with the Christmas shopping. Ahead of the busy and sometimes stressful festive season, it’s never been easier for people in London and the surrounding towns and cities to get help with their to-do lists with dozens of  local Taskers already in place covering Reading, Brighton, Guildford and St Albans.

Pioneering “service marketplace,” TaskRabbit connects people who need an extra hand with a network of 200 fully vetted individuals in the UK, who have the time and skills needed to get the job done. A full-time Tasker can earn up to £3,200 per month.

TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that provides people and businesses with an easy, trusted, and safe way to get both every-day and skilled tasks done.

To become a member of the Tasker Community, please visit https://www.taskrabbit.co.uk/become-a-tasker.

For more information, visit TaskRabbit.co.uk or follow TaskRabbit on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

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How to Brave the Cold and Crowd at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

TaskRabbit and The Warwick New York Hotel are giving out “front-of-the-line” passes so guests can score unobscured views of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next month.

The Warwick New York Hotel has partnered with TaskRabbit to provide Taskers to hold prime viewing spots on the parade route to any guest who books a VIP package. 

The VIP package – starting at $500/night – includes overnight accommodations, one Tasker per adult and daily, complimentary breakfast for two at Murals on 54, with reservations recommended 48 hours in advance.

For reservations and more information on the Warwick New York, please visit www.warwickhotelny.com or call 212-247-2700. For more information on TaskRabbit, please visit www.taskrabbit.com.

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REPORT: Elves to Take Over American Offices Weeks Before Christmas

It may sound straight out of a Tim Allen movie or children’s Christmas e-book, but elves are actually moving in to help small businesses prepare for the busy holiday season — the only difference is, they’ll be ditching Santa’s signature color of crimson and trading it for TaskRabbit green.

Beginning October 27, Office Depot and OfficeMax are launching the Elf Who Helps Small Business contest to give select small businesses the assistance they need as they juggle daily tasks and prepare for growing business activity and office parities.

Powered by TaskRabbit, a peer-to-peer marketplace that helps Clients get things done like home and office services and skilled tasks, Elf Who Helps will give the winning small businesses the boost they need to close out the year feeling organized and ready to tackle 2015.

Now through November 12, small business owners and employees can participate by visiting the Elf Who Helps website and submitting, in 150 words or less, what task they need assistance with and how it will help them. Fourteen small businesses will be selected to receive a variety of products and a $1,000 gift card supplied by Office Depot and OfficeMax to organize their businesses, as well as up to two days of on-site services from TaskRabbit.

The Elf Who Helps Small Business is part of the overall ‘Office Depot and OfficeMax Your Holiday Workshop’ campaign to ensure businesses and individuals are prepared to give the right gifts to everyone on their list and satisfy their everyday office needs, all at a one-stop shop and at a great value. From gifts under $20 to personalized items such as designer holiday and photo cards, photo canvases and calendars, and convenient in-store mailing and shipping via UPS, FedEx and USPS, Office Depot and OfficeMax have some of the seasons most sought after gifts and services at great values. A go-to gift-giving headquarters, Office Depot and OfficeMax will also have extended shipping hours.

To enter the Elf Who Helps Small Business contest, please visit www.elfwhohelps.com. Contest ends November 22 and winners will be announced on December 8. Official contest rules are as follows: No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Contest is open to legal US/DC residents (18) years of age or older and who either own or is an employee of a small business are eligible to enter the Contest on behalf of an eligible Small Business. Entry begins on 10/22/14 at 12:00:01 a.m. EDT and ends on 11/12/14 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. All eligible entries will be judged to determine up to (14) winning entries. Winners announced 12/8/14. Sponsor: Office Depot, Inc., 6600 North Military Trail, C513B,Boca Raton, FL 33496. For important terms, conditions and Official Rules visit www.elfwhohelps.com.

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TASK OF THE WEEK: DELIVER COOKIES TO MY FUTURE ROOMMATES

Finding an apartment in San Francisco is challenging, to say the least. So, when Scott found a room that he loved (“14 foot ceilings! Sweet back patio!”), he wanted to put himself ahead of the other applicants and turned to TaskRabbit for help. Tasker Rick purchased a box of cookies from a local bakery and delivered them to Scott’s potential roommates, along with a note proclaiming Scott to be an “exceptional third slice of the roommate pie.” No word on whether he got the room, but we wish him luck!