Hey again … another idea that I’ll throw out there for comments and brainstorming.
In Singapore we have Grab (Southeast Asia Uber basically) and FoodPanda. Apart from their main services (Taxi & restaurant ordering), through Grab I can get things like small / medium sized packages delivered to a local address, day to day items (not full on groceries) ordered at the “corner shop” (IE: milk, eggs, snacks, toothpaste, etc). In terms of the latter FoodPanda offers the same thing.
Is there viability in offering a platform via a web monetised / Coil powered site or mobile app whereby I as the consumer / customer can put my request out to the other side of the platforms (riders / task handlers / insert preferred description here) such as:
- I need to delivery a package
- I need to place a letter in the post (that still happens, I swear!)
- I need to buy toothpaste
- I want to buy X Meal from Y Restaurant
- etc etc etc
On the other side the individual can list what kind of tasks they are willing to engage in and receive notifications once a relevant task becomes available.
This would still require the customer to pay for whatever good is being purchased in the case of F&B, daily items, etc but in the case of delivery fees / surcharges it could be calculated per second / minute (with an agreed upon max value between the two participants?) via the previously mentioned web monetised web / Coil powered platform or mobile app?
In the case of delivering a letter / package or a task that doesn’t require an additional purchase then you just revert to the charge per second / minute model without the additional payment for the item.
I suppose its just a “decentralised” version of things like Grab / Uber / FoodPanda without the middle man sitting in between to A) restrict / process who can get involved on the rider side and B) without jacking up the fees and surcharges.