LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- You might find yourself next to a bright green and orange bus the next time you're at a stoplight in downtown Los Angeles. Striking and memorable, these new charter buses are taking the nation by storm.
A company determined to disrupt the antiquated transportation industry, Shofur LLC is on track to earn well over $10 million in revenue this year alone. Owner and founder of Shofur, Armir Harris built this company with only $800 in his studio apartment. Since the launch of its platform, Shofur has quickly signed up over 500 local bus companies who provide services across the U.S.
Harris immigrated to the U.S. as a political refugee with his mother and sister at age nine. At fifteen, Harris was working with his uncle in the family's livery business where he learned the ins and outs of the transportation industry. As a talented tennis player, Harris would often compete in national tournaments and travel cross-country by charter bus while in high school since his family couldn't afford plane tickets.
"I'll never forget how terrible the experience was," said Harris. "I would wait hours outside bus stops in rural areas, never knowing when or even if the bus would arrive. When I got on the bus the experience became even worse. The buses were dirty, seats wouldn't recline, and the heater often wasn't working. I would even miss tournaments because the buses would break down or were overbooked. I thought there must be a better way."
Shofur has discovered that better way through a technology-first approach. While large national companies focus on maintaining their fleet, Shofur is focused on building a more transparent and efficient user experience.
"In this day and age, folks want convenience," reflects Darrel Fitzpatrick, Shofur's operations manager. "With a technology-first approach we are providing a better user experience for bus travel."
Shofur reviews have shown that people are already happy with their service. The company has no plans of slowing down anytime soon and is planning to triple their number of developers by the end of 2016.
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