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Deliverwith.me is a platform where air passengers can use their empty luggage space to carry packages from e-merchants to shoppers. The team of four gems cropped up the idea of deliverwith.me. We certainly had a great time covering them. Here are some words of wisdom for you…
The backstage Coverage
Rashid and his wife were having a child, and so started shopping for baby products. Baby products are a bit above expensive in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which led Rashid to online baby product shops. He found an array of good products but there was another problem; shipping time would take weeks. Of course they bought baby products, both locally and online but this incident made Rashid think critically over the existing shipping process. Why does shipping have to take so long when there are thousands of people flying everyday across the globe with empty or spare luggage space? Can’t all of us use this space as an opportunity to carry products for people around the globe? This pondering led to the inception of deliverwith.me
Rashid shared this idea with Baha who immediately came on board. They needed a programming and developing wiz. The search led Baha to Bombay, India, where she met Anand.
In Almaty, Rashid approached his friend Dauren, a finance expert and thus the team of co-founders was finally formed.
Visit www.deliverwith.me and sign up through your Facebook account. All you have to do is post your trip details on the web platform, choose the size of the package you can carry (small, medium, large), and leave your contact details. Deliverwith.me executives will meet you at the airport, show you the package (open box) seal it in front, and hand it over to you. As you check in, the deliverwith.me team will receive you at the destination airport and you hand the package over to them back and they take the guarantee to deliver the package to the shopper at his/her home.
What makes it different?
According to the team, the platform is the podium of shared economy, the magic ingredient in today’s fast growing world- both population and cost wise. Only the aspect is different. The aspect of online shopping, and crowd-source delivery, the experience, the interaction is just like Airbnb– but the aspect and experience is different.
There are similar P2P (peer to peer) delivery systems, but then there comes out the issue of trust, security and abuse. Deliverwith.me works on B2P (business to people, B2C). In other words, a much needed alternative logistics for e-commerce businesses. Cheaper shipping rates for e-merchants, next day delivery for the shoppers, and an array of rewards for the travelers who carry the packages.
Hurdles in the journey
The biggest hurdle that the team faced is inertia; the resistance to change. The majority still prefers the way things are going. But change is the only constant, whether they prefer it or not. And innovation, creativity and technology play significant roles towards change.
Networking is another hardest part of the job. A small start up with a revolutionary idea still needs networking. In a country such as India, it is the hardest part which needs to be fixed at the earliest.
A big mistake that they made, is the lack of communication between the team but they have learnt a big deal from it. Everyone on the team has to be on the same page, in spite of differences.
Rat Racers around
All courier companies and airlines are their competitors hence making it all the way more difficult to be the best.
Best way of gaining clients?
According to the team, outreaching, networking and a little bit of luck is required to connect to people. Since their launch, the response received by deliverwith.me is overwhelming, but in phrases and gushes. All that matters is growth. Hence, though slow, but sure!
The whole concept is about innovating, optimizing and connecting. The wish to introduce and include pick-up points at various locations in the cities, and crowd-source the last mile delivery too are the ingenious propagations of the company to make their startup stand out from the crowd.
They haven’t received any fundings as of yet, so the business is self-managed along with the help of some friends. They are in the phase of Social Media marketing and people who travel the most are often active on social media. They believe a lot of startup events across major cities are also amazing platforms to network. Hence, the team is trying its best to make sure they take part in such significant events.
Everybody is connected, universally speaking. In this space of living, sharing, interacting, learning, change, and innovation, are all conducive to growth. This is the inspiration which beholds the company’s motive together.
Wishing the team the very best of luck! Do check out Deliverwith.me and share your opinions on the startup with us.