Forget week-long shipping waits, unreliable couriers and high costs.
This year, a Cape Town company is launching a new app called WumDrop, which makes it possible to receive and send packages easily and reliably from anywhere in the country.
The idea comes from the experience of the entrepreneurs, who found it difficult to courier their own products.
In true entrepreneurial fashion, they decided to take on this part of the business.
Although the app has not been officially launched yet, it sounds like it is rather straightforward.
Using GPS and a network of independent drivers and couriers, customers can find out where the closest driver is and, much like the Uber car service, can track and contact WumDrop drivers.
This makes for fast, easy deliveries, which can be tracked – and all through your smartphone. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
The guys at WumDrop also seem to be taking responsible business seriously. Unlike many companies, where the man on the ground makes a pittance, the WumDrop system gives a whopping 70% of the sale to the individual driver, while only 30% comes back to the company.
There are plans to take this app all over Africa, considering that there is 89% access to mobile internet across the continent.
This app could be a gamechanger in African trade.
But before we get too excited, let’s wait for the launch and see if it is all it’s cracked up to be.