RunDvous — Answering why and what?
Why? We all have encountered problems with package delivery. Sometimes we may end up losing our packages. Sometimes you might have to wait the whole day yet you might not receive your package. This is the problem that we are primarily addressing. The big question here is “How do we do it?”
We spoke to a couple of companies about the transportation issues they are currently facing. Most important problem we found was that there is a huge reverse logistics cost involved in the shipment of products in the modern times. Most of the errors happen due to the human communication mistakes. If we can minimise the cost we can save a lot of investment and human labour.
How? Our solution is to create a software which enables the delivery man to notify the customer when the package will be delivered and this helps in reducing the communication gaps we have. A message will be sent to each customer who have a scheduled delivery that day and their availability is recorded with the help of simple text message. This system is prevalent in India, China which has been really successful. To whom? Our potential customers are the delivery providers like FedEx and also the free lance delivery man. We have different customer segments which would benefit from the idea, one being the delivery and transport providers and other are the customers who buy the products who also will be the users of the software/application.
We are calculating the numbers and coming up with the revenue model. We have spoken to few end users and have scheduled meeting with other delivery system’s supervisors. We have made a website that explains how all of this works and this helps the customers to track their packages effectively. It ensures a safe and secure delivery of all the products.
One of the ideas we are considered was to use “drone” technology but that could be very expensive and a lot of hardwork is involved. Amazon has been working on this idea since quite sometime and we will look into the progress of it as well.