Courier gamechanger

CityPress - - Trending - BINWE ADE­BAYO trend­ing@city­press.co.za

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.

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